​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Patient Pr​​ot​​e​ction and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 was enacted to make health care more accessible and affordable for many Americans. There are many components to the new law and some parts of the law may directly affect Job Corps students. The most important parts of the law for Job Corps students include:​​
  • If one of a student’s parents has employer-based health insurance and is willing to put the student on the policy, the student may stay on the parent’s policy until (s)he is 26 years old.
  • Although the ACA​ expanded t​he Medicaid program, implementation of the expansion varies from state to state.
  • Health Insurance Marketplaces, state-based clearinghouses for health insurance, have an open enrollment period each year.
  • As of 2014, everyone who can afford health insurance is mandated to purchase coverage or they will be required to pay a fee; however, there are exceptions to this rule. If a person is not required to file taxes because their income is too low, they will not be penalized for being uninsured. Because of the income eligibility of Job Corps students, students will most likely be exempt from this rule while enrolled in Job Corps.

Policy & Directives

The following ACA documents are available for download:

Tracks the process and periodically releases state-by-state information about the expanded Medicaid program.
Provides information about the Health Insurance Marketplaces and state-based health insurance clearinghouses.