Kids and young adults are guaranteed to have the same access to quality healthcare under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - often called ACA or Obamacare.
Based on household income, children might qualify for Medicaid coverage in their state.
Medicaid is a low-cost or no-cost insurance for low income families. Historically, Medicaid qualification was under 100% Federal Poverty Level (FPL), but the new Health Reform law called for Medicaid to be expanded to include more people (incomes up to 138% FPL).
Not all states chose to expand Medicaid, though, so check with Medicaid.gov for eligibility and applying for coverage.
The Children's Health Insurance Program, referred to as CHIP, provides health coverage for nearly 8 million children whose family incomes are too high for Medicaid but still can't afford private insurance. Visit Medicaid.gov for more information on CHIP in your state.
Covered on parent's plan until age 26:
Young adults can be covered on their parent's health insurance plan up to age 26 under the new law. It doesn't matter if the child is married, a student, or a dependent on your tax return, he or she can still be covered on a parent's health plan until age 26 - no questions asked.
Private Insurance :
Young adults age 19 or older can also have their own insurance - either through their job or by enrolling in a private plan. Children from birth to age 26 can be covered under a parent's health plan.