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Just Graduated? Time to Find Health Coverage, or Else

June 3, 2008

Boston, MA – Getting health insurance is one more thing to think about for graduating high school and college seniors in Massachusetts. Many grads are looking for a place to live and a job and, if the job doesn't offer health insurance, state law says they have to find it on their own. The good news is, prices are cheaper than they used to be, and the sign-up process can be done online in one sitting.

Insurance plans for young adults on the Commonwealth Connector start around $125 a month. Laura Small signed up last year, and she says it's not something to put off.

"I think health insurance can easily get lost in the shuffle as you're graduating college and traveling or doing different things. I know where my head was when I was graduating college and I was not thinking about health insurance."

Students moving on to college or graduate school could still be covered under their parents'insurance. Those without health insurance can be penalized up to $672 on taxes if they don't have insurance for the full year.

Robert Taylor graduated a few years back and now works at a hockey rink in Hingham, where his employer does not cover him. He says he didn't think twice about signing up.

"I mean just do it, it's so easy. It's money you're going to spend on something else anyway, so you might as well spend it on yourself for health reasons; you never know what's going to happen."

For more information on insurance coverage online, visit
mahealthconnector.org.

Kevin Clay, Public News Service - MA