Yes! Turning 26 and aging out of your parent's health insurance plan is a qualifying event for Special Enrollment.
Your special enrollment period starts 60 days before you lose coverage and ends 60 days after. This will allow you to apply for new health insurance through the individual marketplace directly on Stride. Our search tools will help determine if you qualify for a subsidy (help to pay for your plan) and which plan works best for you.
We can help you every step of the way from answering health insurance 101 questions (What is the difference between an HMO, PPO, EPO, POS?), to plan recommendations (I need help picking a plan!) and all the way to signing up.
- If you enroll before you lose your coverage, you plan will start the first day of the month after you lose coverage.
- If you enroll after you lose coverage, your plan will start on the first day of the month after you sign up for a plan.
- If your job offers you health insurance at the same time, you can still apply for a plan on Stride, but you will likely not qualify for help paying for coverage. You can find more information on that topic here.