CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - April 6, 2011) - Students graduating this May should check out their health insurance options to avoid breaks in coverage and confusion.

"Even though reform allows most students to stay on their parents' plans until 26 years old, it is still a good idea to compare options to address any gaps in coverage," said Mark Colwell, Manager of Consumer Marketing at

Here are some simple steps that students should take before graduating in May:

1. Review current health insurance plans.

If a student is currently on a parents' plan, call the health insurance company to determine if the student can stay on the plan until they turn 26.

Students with college or student health insurance plans should call the insurer to see if the plan will continue after graduation and for how long. Many college plans only offer coverage for a few months after graduation.

2. If health insurance coverage ends upon graduation, students should compare health insurance quotes and talk to a licensed agent.

Students who have a job lined up after college should check to see if that job offers health insurance benefits and when those benefits are effective. If there is a break in coverage, students should get a temporary health insurance policy. If the employer doesn't offer coverage, students should get an individual health insurance policy.

3. Apply for health insurance coverage online.

Finding health insurance coverage and applying online is easy. Students shouldn't wait to apply because it can take more than a month to be approved for individual health insurance. Applying earlier will ensure that students won't experience a break in coverage.

For more information about student health insurance plans, visit or call 888-250-3409 to speak with a licensed GoHealth agent.

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