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College Kids Weigh Options In Choosing Health Insurance Plan
The Fiscal Times / The Associated Press: "It's the first real-life test for students heading off to college: picking the right health insurance plan. The confusion starts before students even step foot on campus, when families must decide whether to sign up for a school-based health insurance plan. Most four-year universities offer their own plans, but the costs and coverage levels vary greatly. It's also not clear how these plans will be affected by the recent health care reforms." Students have three basic options: coverage under a parent's insurance, a school-based plan or an individual policy. "Those who are already on a parent's employer-sponsored plan should likely stay put. Employer-sponsored plans tend to be the most comprehensive and affordable, relatively speaking. But if this isn't an option, you'll likely consider the plan offered by your school (Choi, 7/28).
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