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Bowie State University cancels student health plans as premiums increase 1,500 percent

Bowie State UniversityYoung people fully supported President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. But many are beginning to feel the sting of the President’s signature law as health plans begin to disappear under Obamacare, including students at Bowie State University in Maryland.

The historically black college announced on its website it decided to suspend offering health plans to students as a result of the Affordable Care Act. With the law implemented, Bowie State reported premiums increased from $54 per semester to $900 per semester — a 1,500 percent increase.

“Bowie State University has suspended offering health insurance for domestic students for the 2013-2014 academic year,” the school’s website states. “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.”

According to Bowie State’s student newspaperThe Bulldog Collegian, student health plans cost $54 per semester and would increase to $1,900 per year, or $950 per semester. The skeleton plans originally offered by the school — and favored by students — no longer complied with regulations mandated by Obamacare.

A cached page from Bowie State’s website, though, details plans at roughly $50 per semester and increasing to $1,800 per year after the increase from Obamacare.

Dr. Rita Wutoh, director of the university’s Wellness Center, said Bowie State officials decided it wouldn’t be beneficial to provide students with the option of purchasing these Cadillac plans and ruled such expensive plans are not “feasibly implemented.”

The university reminded students that while they do not have the option to purchase insurance through Bowie State, they are required by law to be receive health coverage. Students, the site states, can either remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until the age of 26 or may enter into Maryland’s state-run exchange, Maryland Health Connection.

“I guess if you like your coverage you really can’t keep it as millions of Americans have been finding out over the last month,” The Bulldog Collegian stated. “This is one sure way to make sure those ‘Invincible Millennials’ are on the exchanges to make sure the cost of the ACA is balanced out.”

Obamacare’s rollout last month brought an increase in premiums and deductibles to millions of Americans, with many receiving notices from insurance companies notifying them their plans had been cancelled. And in order for President Obama to keep his low-cost healthcare promise, more than 2.7 million 18- to 29-year-olds must enroll in Obamacare’s exchanges.

And the issues with college health plans extend beyond Bowie State. Union Community College in New Jersey announced earlier this month it cancelled its health insurance for students, leading students to struggle to find affordable health care.

h/t Campus Reform


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