Special Enrollment: Turning 26

In most cases, turning 26 means you won't be covered under your parent's health plan anymore.The good news? Turning 26 is a life event for Special Enrollment. This means you can choose your own Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas plan after turning 26.

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What to Know Before You Enroll

Before you start looking for plans, here are a few important things to keep in mind:


Once you lose coverage, you’ll typically have 60 days after your 26th birthday to sign up.

If you're choosing a health plan through your job, check with your benefits or HR department. You may have a different timeline.


Because turning 26 means losing health care coverage, you'll need to send in documentation before you can finish your enrollment.

Review the list of valid documents.

1 Up to age 26 unless medically disabled. Up to age 30 for unmarried military veterans.

Last Updated: May 28, 2024