How Will My Health Insurance Coverage Change with My Divorce?

How Will My Health Insurance Coverage Change with My Divorce?
Last Updated on March 9, 2023 by Carlos Lopez

Divorce brings about a lot of potential issues and everyday worries that need to be resolved, such as who lives where and who gets the bank accounts.

One of the biggest worries for many divorcing couples is what happens to their health insurance once a divorce is finalized.

How your divorce impacts your health insurance coverage depends greatly on your individual insurance coverage situation prior to your divorce. Here are some common scenarios:

You Are Covered by Your Spouse’s Employer

If you have health insurance coverage through your spouse’s employer, either because you aren’t employed, your employer doesn’t offer insurance coverage, or you otherwise elect to not take your employer’s coverage, your health insurance coverage will terminate on the date your divorce is finalized.

Some employers may offer the option of COBRA coverage, which allows you to keep the same health insurance coverage for a fee. However, COBRA coverage often is expensive and, in some cases, you may find that purchasing your own health insurance coverage may be more affordable.

If you are in a situation where you have elected to take your spouse’s health insurance coverage even though your employer provides coverage, speak with your HR representative to ensure that you will be able to switch your coverage as soon as possible after your divorce so you don’t have a coverage lapse.

You Are Covered by Your Employer

In cases where you receive health insurance benefits through your own employer, your coverage will not change with your divorce.

If your spouse is covered by your group health insurance plan, their coverage will cease on the day of your divorce and, depending on your payment structure, your premiums may decrease to reflect fewer people being covered by your plan.

You Are Covered by Medicare or Medicaid Benefits

If you are covered by state (Medicaid) or federal (Medicare) health insurance benefits as a result of your income, your health, your age, or any other factors, doesn’t automatically change when you get divorced.

Any qualification factors you may have had for these programs prior to your divorce are still in place after everything is finalized, and your overall coverage eligibility shouldn’t change.

However, in the case of Medicare, a divorce may actually help you qualify for coverage that you wouldn’t get otherwise. You can use your ex-spouse’s employment history following your divorce to qualify for Medicare if you meet the following conditions:

  • Your marriage lasted at least 10 years
  • You are currently unmarried
  • You have reached the age of 62
  • Your ex is entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits
  • The benefit you would receive based on your work is less than the benefit you would receive based on your ex’s work

If you believe that you may qualify for Medicare benefits following your divorce, it’s worthwhile to inquire with the Social Security Administration about the process of applying.

You Have Coverage Through the Insurance Marketplace

For many Americans, the Affordable Care Act opened up access to health insurance coverage they didn’t have otherwise, regardless of their income, health conditions, and employment status. 

If you are one of the people who is covered through a health insurance plan purchased on the marketplace, your coverage will not be terminated upon your divorce.

And, if your income drops below the levels that qualify for subsidies under the ACA, your health insurance premiums may even decrease after your divorce once your ex’s income is no longer counted.

Divorce Attorney in Washington, D.C.

Understanding all the ramifications of your divorce is enough to make a person’s head spin. At Lopez Law Firm, our skilled team helps guide you through the process, step by step, answering all your pressing questions. Schedule your consultation today!


  1. Daisy Zamora says:

    Wow, who knew getting divorced could mess with your health insurance? #LifeSurprises

    • Bennett Roberson says:

      Well, maybe if you took the time to understand the complexities of life, you wouldnt be so surprised. Divorce affects many aspects of ones life, including health insurance. Its called taking responsibility for your own choices. #RealityCheck

  2. Darwin Bennett says:

    I never knew divorce could affect health insurance. Life is full of surprises!

    • Kingston Gates says:

      Actually, divorce can have a significant impact on health insurance coverage. Its essential to understand the potential consequences before making any decisions. Stay informed!

  3. Theo says:

    Wow, who knew divorce could mess with your health insurance? #complicatedlife

    • Anderson says:

      Divorce can have far-reaching consequences, and health insurance is just one of them. Its important to be aware of the complexities that arise from this decision. Take care of yourself and seek expert advice. #StayInformed #PrioritizeYourWellbeing

  4. Harrison says:

    Wow, who knew divorce could affect health insurance coverage? Mind-blowing stuff! #complicatedlife

    • Ishaan Little says:

      Actually, its not that mind-blowing. Divorce has far-reaching consequences, including the potential loss of health insurance coverage. Its important to be aware of these complexities before diving into marriage. #KnowBeforeYouCommit

  5. Esteban says:

    I cant believe it! So now I have to get divorced just to get health insurance? Smh.

    • Johnny says:

      Wow, talk about a drastic solution! But hey, desperate times call for desperate measures, right? Maybe theres a better way to navigate this healthcare mess without resorting to divorce. Just a thought.

  6. Hector Shepard says:

    Wow, I never knew divorcing my partner could affect my health insurance! Mind-blowing stuff!

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