Raising Concerns About Health Reform

April 15, 2010

A group that advocates for high-quality, affordable student health insurance plans released an analysis Wednesday that suggests the recently passed health care reform law could be detrimental to colleges' and universities' abilities to provide health care and insurance to students.

The Lookout Mountain Group, which calls itself "a non-partisan study group of college health and higher education professionals," said it anticipates that the likely shift of many students to high-deductible "young invincibles" plans (and perhaps their parents' or employers' high-deductible plans) that don't pay for primary and preventative care would be damaging to student health centers and the students themselves. There are mixed opinions on whether students under the age of 27 will choose to stay on their parents' plans -- an option that goes into effect next fall -- rather than buying campus-based policies, but Lookout Mountain thinks students will choose to go for their campus-based policies.

The group added that regulatory and statutory changes will be needed to keep student plans legal past 2014, and that international students will have a hard time finding coverage.

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