College students have several choices for health coverage. But there’s no special student exemption from the penalty that people without coverage must pay.
- If you’re covered by your school’s student health plan, in most cases you’re considered covered under the health care law. So, you won’t have to pay the mandate penalty when you file taxes. You should double check with your student health plan to see if it qualifies as minimal essential coverage under the health law.
- Even if you have access to a student health plan, you can choose to buy a health plan through Maryland Health Connection instead. You may qualify for lower costs based on your income.