4. Health Insurance

Information and Resources:

At age 18 (sometimes sooner) a young adult with developmental disabilities may be eligible for government insurance programs. Medicaid programs are run through the state where you live. However, you can go to the federal website to get started:

Some young adults can qualify for Medicare as well. You can get information at:

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides some benefits to persons with disabilities. The following resource provides a thorough look at how the provisions of the ACA affect people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities:

Young adults can remain on their parent’s health insurance policy up until age 26 under the Affordable Care Act. Those age 26 or over who cannot support themselves because of a disability may be able to get continued coverage. This depends on state regulations. Each state has its own rules related to age, dependency, and whether the individual is married. Each state may differ on what disabilities they consider. However, most states do allow adult children with a disability to remain on a parent’s plan if they are dependent on their parents. Check with your insurance carrier.

For more information go to:

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