College students need to know more about the Health Care Exchange

According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll, around three quarters of those ages 18 to 25 believe it is important for them to personally get insurance and that insurance is worth the cost.

However, nearly 80% of those under 30 had heard little to nothing about the Affordable Care Act’s new insurance marketplace.

Students will be affected by the online marketplace in three significant ways:

  • Students can enroll in plans without the threat of being denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
  • Students who earn less than about $46,000 or families that earn less than $94,000 annually may be able to access free coverage through Medicaid or discounted coverage through monthly tax credits depending on the state and their exact income level.
  • New plans will provide free preventive services, annual checkups, prescriptions and substance use disorder services.

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