The class of 2011 will be facing one more challenge upon graduation — transitioning to post-graduate health insurance.
This year’s graduates will be the first to immediately benefit from the provision that allows them to remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until age 26.
It is now up to the government and to advocacy agencies to ensure students are aware of their health insurance options before they graduate.
In a conference call for college journalists Friday, these agencies unveiled some of the newly available resources for graduating students.
The conference call featured the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and the resources were jointly presented by several national advocacy groups.
“If you just haven’t purchased insurance before, you might not be familiar,” said Jen Mishory, deputy director for the Young Invincibles, a national advocacy group for young adults.
The group launched its health insurance graduation toolkit Friday, she said.
The toolkit includes flyers instructing graduating seniors how to stay on their parents’ insurance plans.
“It’s free and a great resource for students who are graduating,” Mishory said.