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Bowie State Drops Student Healthplan Due to Skyrocketing Price

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From CampusReform.com:

“The official website for Bowie State, a Maryland public school less than an hour’s drive from Washington D.C., explains that Obamacare’s new regulations would force the cost of the insurance to rise from $50 to $900 a semester.

Bowie State University posted this announcement on their website:

Health Insurance Update

Urgent Information Regarding Your Health Insurance:

Bowie State University has suspended offering health insurance for domestic students for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Due to new requirements of the Affordable Care Act which will go into effect on January 1, 2014, the cost of insurance for domestic students will increase to approximately $1800 per year.  If you were covered by the university health insurance last Spring 2013, your policy will expire onAugust 29, 2013.  Moreover, you will not have to submit waivers to opt out of school insurance.

During the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year, we will assess the health insurance needs of our students as well as the impact of the new requirements.  Even though BSU is no longer offering student insurance, the Affordable Care Act does require everyone to have health insurance.  Many students have the option of health insurance coverage under their parent’s policy until age 26 or they may be able to purchase their own insurance from the American College Students Association at https://www.acsa.com/student-health-plans.aspx.  In addition, Maryland State Insurance Exchange System is a third option available to students starting October 1, 2013.  Maryland students can enroll in the exchange at www.marylandhealthconnection.gov.

Bowie State University has also suspended offering health insurance to international students.  International students are still encouraged to have health insurance at a minimum of $50,000 coverage.  If you are an international student and you would like to purchase health insurance, please go to www.isoa.org for more information.

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