If a student is offered health coverage through their college or university, can they still apply for coverage through Vermont Heath Connect?

A student can choose to get coverage through Vermont Health Connect. However, they cannot get financial assistance if:

  • They are claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return (usually the parents.)
  • The coverage they are offered from the school is considered adequate and affordable. To learn more about adequate and affordable coverage, click here.


I am on my parent's health plan and I turn 26 years old this year. Can I stay on my parent's health plan after I turn 26?

Yes, you can stay on your health plan through the end of the year that includes your 26th birthday. There are two exceptions to this rule:

  • If your household changes plans after your 26th birthday and before the end of the calendar year, you will need to enroll separately. For more information about qualifying events, click here.
  • If you are a dependent and disabled, you can remain on your parent's health plan after age 26.


Can an 18-year-old enroll in Vermont Health Connect and receive subsidies, despite being claimed as a dependent on their parents’ taxes?

No. If a person is claimed as a dependent on somebody else’s taxes, they cannot enroll separately and receive financial help. However, a dependent can remain covered by their parents’ health plan through the year in which they turn 26. Dependent children who are disabled can remain on their parents' health plans as dependents after age 26.

An 18-year-old who is not claimed as a dependent on another person’s taxes can enroll in Vermont Health Connect and may be eligible to receive financial help.