If a parent’s health insurance plan covers dependents, you usually can be added to their plan and stay on it until you turn 26.
How to get added to a parent’s insurance plan
- Job-based plans: Your parent can add you to their insurance during the plan’s yearly open enrollment period or during a Special Enrollment Period. Your parent should check with the plan or their employer’s benefits department for details.
- Plans bought through the Health Insurance Marketplace: When a parent applies for a new plan in the Marketplace, they can include you on their application. They can add you to an existing Marketplace plan only during the yearly Open Enrollment Period or a Special Enrollment Period.
Your particular situation can affect coverage and costs when you’re added to a parent’s plan.
You can stay on a parent’s plan until you turn 26
Once you’re on a parent’s plan, in most cases you can stay on it until you turn 26. (Check with the plan to be sure. Some states and plans have different rules.)
Generally, you can join a parent’s plan and stay on until you turn 26 even if you:
- Get married
- Have or adopt a child
- Start or leave school
- Live in or out of your parent’s home
- Aren’t claimed as a tax dependent
- Turn down an offer of job-based coverage
Get covered – or pay a fee
- Under the health care law, you must have a plan that qualifies as minimum essential coverage or pay a fee on your next federal tax return.
- The penalty in 2017 is 2.5% of household income or $695 per adult (half of that per child), whichever is higher. Learn more about the fee for not being covered.