• zInternationalStudents Blog

  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Senate Finance Committee has voted "Yes" to approve an overhaul of the health care system in the USA. That is a big step forward. As we look at the bill up for debate, what do we see about health insurance for students, and more specifically international students medical insurance? Does the bill have anything specific for them? On the face of it if the bill is to be debated in its present state the answer would be No.

Does that mean there will be some adverse effect on this group? The answer is probably No to that too. In fact, there is absolutely nothing concrete for this demographic. The bill seems to altogether ignore students. The main concentration is on employer-provided plans and individual-funded plans.

There is an option to allow full-time students to continue in their parents' health policy for a longer period or rather till they are older. That might help some native students, but not much to even them. International or immigrant students don't feature at all.

This might just be an oversight that might be fixed during debate. It might be a deliberate move to leave out students for now, and include them at a later date. Who knows? But, it still warrants that all students buy enough health insurance to take care of them should they fall ill. Commenting is not available in this channel entry.

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