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Health Insurance For College Students Generating Coverage, Controversy

News outlets reported on college insurance issues.

News & Observer: A national anti-abortion group is asking Gov. Bev Perdue to look into the details of a new [University of North Carolina] system requirement that all students have health insurance. Students for Life of America has asked Perdue to investigate a number of issues surrounding the UNC system's new health insurance program for students. The university mandates that students buy into a new insurance plan it is offering unless they can prove they have coverage from another source" (8/22).

Daytona Beach News-Journal: "Heading off to college this month? Don't forget health insurance. Depending upon where students go to college, parents may find themselves having to shell out additional dollars to make sure their sons and daughters are protected. ... More colleges are starting to offer health insurance. One reason for the move is statistics that show young adults, ages 19 to 29, are the fastest-growing age group in the country without health insurance, according to This demographic alone accounts for about 13 million of the 47 million Americans living without health insurance (Whitney, 8/22).

Related, earlier KHN coverage: Colleges Say New Health Law May Imperil Student Policies (Appleby, 8/22).

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