• zInternationalStudents Blog

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017

  • University-provided health insurance now protected by health care bill

    Filed Under: Health Insurance
In the previous post, we mentioned how the universal health care bill had completely ignored the student population, and how there wasn't even a mention of this demographic. That oversight seems to have been corrected now, or at least it is included in the bill and is up for debate.

By introducing a new clause in the bill, there is a provision now that will explicitly protect international student health insurance policies. The new clause is to be debated on the Senate floor soon. The earlier omission of this category is now being believed to have been "unintentional".

The wordings of the new clause are: Nothing in this title (or an amendment made by this title) shall be construed to prohibit an institution of higher education (as such term is defined for purposes of the Higher Education Act of 1965) from offering a student health-insurance plan, to the extent that such requirement is otherwise permitted under applicable federal, state or local law.

This seems like a welcome news for the students who now seem to be happy about the change, and the fact that they too are a part of the new "health care for everyone" movement. International student medical insurance might not become too costly after all. Commenting is not available in this channel entry.

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