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Class of 2013: How to Keep Living the Good Life

By Maria Beltran

You know that summer feeling where the sun is shining down, the beach breeze is hitting your face, and the soft sand is calling your name?

Imagine having that feeling all year long, and then you’ll have an idea of what it’s like living in Southern California. We have it pretty good out here. When October rolls around every year, it doesn’t seem like the end of an epic summer, because, well, summer never really ends.

But just because summer never ends, that doesn’t mean student health plans go on forever.  Class of 2013 grads: you get to stay on your alma mater’s student health plans for up to 3 to 4 months after graduation, but then you have to find a new plan.

If you’re like my friends and me—biking, hiking, surfing, hitting a bonfire or two or ten—then making sure you still have health insurance is really important.

But fear not, graduates: Covered California has got your back.

On October 1st, California’s insurance marketplace opens up.  You’ll be able to purchase your own affordable—yes, affordable—insurance plan.

And Covered CA isn’t as complicated as relationships on The OC: they’ve simplified the process, making it easy, clear, and simple to obtain the coverage you need.

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You’ll have four plans to choose from: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum.  Think of the plans like the characters on 90210:2r5535z they come at different costs, but each one is worth it.

Not only that, but there’s even an interactive calculator so you can figure out how affordable each plan will be for you, and what subsidies you could receive. Over 1.4 million young Californians will be eligible for subsidies.

So what do you have to lose?

Take a few minutes to check it out online and sign up. If you’re in Southern California like me, you can do it from the beach. Like I said, we have it pretty good.