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What About Health Insurance?
It's imperative. "Even if you're in great health, an unexpected illness can saddle you with hefty medical bills," says Thakor. If applicable, COBRA lets you pay to stay on the plan your previous employer provided for up to 18 months. (Remember: It'll likely be pricier than what you've been paying since your company won't be covering a percentage of the premium). Alternatively, shop for a plan via your state's Marketplace or (while you still can), or visit and to explore plans from private insurance brokers.