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Big Changes in College Health Plans

By dropping these low-cost plans, the students are once again a responsibility of their parents and the parents’ employers, an extra expense brought by kids now living on their own.  Parents may pay for their tuition, but many students pay for their own housing, food and clothing, and health care needs what little that might be.  By age 26, students have graduated from school and are in the real world with real jobs and real bills.  There is no reason why parents must carry their children along for that long.  The “students” may even have children of their own by that point.  Should grandparents pay those bills too?

Young people need to learn self-reliance, not how to mooch as much as possible.  Ending plans for college students is a bad idea.  These are plans that the students select and purchase with their own money.  This teaches responsibility, to work hard and buy what they choose with their own money. With an affordable plan, as referenced to in the article, they could save up money from their part-time jobs to pay cash for any health needs they might have rather than just beer money.  With the rising rates of these student plans, more will be dropping coverage.  Employers will also be reducing what they pay for dependent coverage, so employees with college-age students will be losing coverage for their children.  All the more reason for college students to take care of their own health plan arrangements.

Big Changes in College Health Plans

Schools Are Raising Premiums Sharply or Dropping Offerings Altogether as Low-Benefit Options Are Disallowed

By LOUISE RADNOFSKY

Some colleges are dropping student health-insurance plans for the coming academic year and others are telling students to expect sharp premium increases because of a provision in the federal health law requiring plans to beef up coverage.

The demise of low-cost, low-benefit health plans for students is a consequence of the 2010 health-care overhaul. The law is intended to expand coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans, but it is also eliminating some insurance options.

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