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Division of Graduate Studies

Affordable Care Act

Dear JSU Student,
The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, seeks to make insurance easier to compare and buy and by creating online marketplaces in each state. Individuals can compare plans and purchase the package that works best for them.

Below are the Health Insurance options that are available to students:

1.    Your Parents

Students can remain under their parents’ health insurance until they turn 26 (even if married).

2.    Student Health Insurance Plan

Some Colleges and University are offering a comprehensive school-sponsored plan that meets ACA requirements from outside insurance companies. Students interested in enrolling in a comprehensive plan should email the following information to Name, J#, classification, e-mail address, and telephone number.

3.    The Exchange (Marketplace)

Also known as the marketplace, this a key feature of the ACA. Shop online to find the right health insurance plan for you. (See Open Enrollment information below)

4.    Medicaid and CHIP

If you can’t afford insurance, and your income is within the state-mandated range, you may be entitled to Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Plan.

5.    Other Private Insurance Plans

There are a variety of options available to students in the private market. Catastrophic coverage is a popular option for adults under 30 years of age.  The plan is less expensive and generally provides coverage for major events such as hospitalizations or surgery.

There are pros and cons to each of these options, and it’s important to carefully assess your options before you make a decision. Prices and benefits vary widely.

If you decide not to get health insurance, you or your parents may be assessed a penalty.  The Affordable Care Act mandates that most people have insurance. However, individuals who earn less than approximately $10,000 annually are exempt.  Most college students fall into this category.  However, if you are claimed as a dependent, the penalty is based on your parent’s income.


Please visit the website below for the Open Enrollment deadlines.

If you haven’t enrolled in coverage, you generally can’t buy Marketplace health coverage until the next Open Enrollment period for coverage the following year.

Learn more about the ACA at:

Important Dates

Keep up-to-date with all important dates for the current semester at Jackson State University. If you have any questions about the information listed, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help you further.

Division of Graduate Studies


Division of Graduate Studies
1400 John R. Lynch Street
Jackson, MS 39217-0280

Division of Graduate Studies
Jackson State University
P.O. Box 17095
Jackson, MS  39217

Phone: 601.979.2455