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If you’re one of the millions of Americans who have quit their job in recent months, you may be eager to move on to whatever is next for you.
Yet because our work and the rest of our lives are often interwoven in a number of important ways, you’ll likely need to take a few steps before you can completely wash your hands of your old job.
Here are some of them:
Nearly half of Americans get their health insurance through their employer. If you’ve just left your job, you’ll want to figure out how to get new coverage as soon as possible.
Most people who quit will lose their employer-sponsored health insurance at the end of the calendar month, said Laurel Lucia, director of the Health Care Program at the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education.
If you don’t have another job lined up that will provide health insurance, you may be eligible for Medicaid or a subsidized plan on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace. Medicaid typically involves no or low monthly premiums, Lucia said. And marketplace plans are the cheapest they’ve ever been for many people, thanks to relief legislation passed in the pandemic.
You can compare your options at Healthcare.gov.
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