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  • Writer's pictureAhsan Malyk

How to Know When My Health Insurance Ends?

The high expense of health insurance might cause many people to pause when they want to quit their jobs or change careers to seek freelance work or create their own businesses.

Continue reading if you're interested in learning how changing careers will affect your health insurance, what options you have for coverage after leaving a job, and the financial impact on you and your family.

I'll explain the details of when health insurance expires after you leave a job in this article.

I'll explain what you should do to get ready to quit your job, such as looking into your healthcare alternatives once you leave your current position.

With this knowledge, you'll be prepared to ensure that your family and you have the healthcare coverage you require, regardless of your decision.

When does health insurance expire after leaving a job?

Your health coverage often expires on the last day of the month you work your final day of employment if you quit your job or get fired.

This means that if you're going to quit your work, it would be wise to do so before the end of the month so that your health insurance will still be in effect for the remainder of the month.

That adds a little protection if you must determine how to pay for healthcare once you depart.


Unfortunately, if you are fired, you are not given the option of choosing your final day. Even if your employer is accommodating, you can negotiate more time for coverage; it certainly doesn't hurt to ask.

Additionally, you can qualify for special enrollment in the healthcare market if you don't have career prospects.

The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), made available through state Medicaid plans, may also be able to provide coverage for your kids.

Getting ready to leave a job

If you’re looking to make a change and your employer currently provides you with health insurance, you should consider a few things before you put in your notice.

We recommend familiarising yourself with your company policy regarding available post-employment coverage.

Compare your coverage options with those in the marketplace to ensure you’re getting the coverage you need for the best price.

Suppose you cannot find information about this in company handbooks or websites. In that case, you can ask your HR department about insurance costs under COBRA (which allows you to continue your health insurance after you leave) (which allows you to continue your health insurance after you leave).

Note: Be mindful that this question will likely raise a flag that you may be looking at leaving!

Health Insurance Options

Your options for health insurance coverage after you’re separated from your current employer’s plan are limited but straightforward:

  • You can pay the COBRA premiums and maintain your employer-provided coverage.

  • You can get insurance through a family member’s plan, if available.

  • You can sign up for short-term insurance.

  • You can sign up for coverage through the healthcare marketplace. Typically, even if you’re out of the enrollment window, losing a job is a special event that allows you to sign up for a new policy.


The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives you the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by your employer for a limited period after you stop working there.

However, unless you've negotiated an exit agreement with your employer covering a portion of the cost, you'll be responsible for paying the full cost of the insurance premiums.

Find out if there are any less expensive options available before enrolling in COBRA.

However, COBRA might be your best choice in some circumstances (such as if your annual deductible has already been met).

Be a part of a spouse's, partner's, or parent's plan.

You may be able to enroll in your spouse's, partner's, or parent's insurance plan if they have coverage, whether it is provided by their employer or a private plan (you must be under 26 years old to enroll in a parent's plan).

How soon you can enroll in their current health insurance plan should be something your family member can find out from their HR department (or the insurance provider).

You would need to devise a different plan until you could be added if some plans only allow new additions during open enrollment periods.

Quick-Term Coverage

Consider the scenario where you want to sign up for a health insurance plan through a new employer or wait until the open enrollment period to enroll in a family member's plan.

Short-term health insurance might be a good idea in this circumstance.

Some short-term insurance policies have limiting maximums, high copays or deductibles, or don't cover pre-existing conditions; however, some policies provide complete coverage at a fair price.

Look around to compare your options.

Making sure you have health insurance and are protected in case of an emergency may require you to pay more upfront until your other insurance begins to pay out, but it is frequently worthwhile.

Healthcare Insurance Exchange

A price quote you receive from an insurer should always be compared to what is offered on

You may be eligible for special enrollment if your employment situation has changed, and you don't have to wait until open enrollment, which begins on November 1 and lasts until January 31.

It is definitely worth looking into the insurance options available in the market to meet your needs.

You can choose from low-cost high-deductible plans to slightly more expensive plans that pay for all of your doctor visits, depending on your needs.

You might also be qualified for a subsidy that lowers the overall monthly cost, depending on your typical yearly income and other factors.

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