Bowie State University - Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Bowie State University – Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Students attending the Bowie State University, a historically Black college located in Maryland are laying the blame for the cancellation of their healthcare insurance plans effective December 31, 2013 at Barack Obama’s feet.

As informed by university administrators, the cancellation of the institution’s low cost healthcare plans are a direct result of new regulations and the rising costs of Obama’s prize legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Urgent Information Regarding Your Health Insurance:

Bowie State University has suspended offering health insurance for domestic students for the 2013-2014 academic year.  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.  If you were covered by the university health insurance last Spring 2013, your policy will expire on August 29, 2013.  Moreover, you will not have to submit waivers to opt out of school insurance.

During the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year, we will assess the health insurance needs of our students as well as the impact of the new requirements.  Even though BSU is no longer offering student insurance, the Affordable Care Act does require everyone to have health insurance.  Many students have the option of health insurance coverage under their parent’s policy until age 26 or they may be able to purchase their own insurance from the American College Students Association at https://www.acsa.com/student-health-plans.aspx.  In addition, Maryland State Insurance Exchange System is a third option available to students starting October 1, 2013.  Maryland students can enroll in the exchange at www.marylandhealthconnection.gov.

Bowie State University has also suspended offering health insurance to international students.  International students are still encouraged to have health insurance at a minimum of $50,000 coverage.  If you are an international student and you would like to purchase health insurance, please go to www.isoa.org for more information.

Referencing an article in the college newspaper, The Bulldog Collegian written by Eugene Craig III, the author points out the healthcare insurance rates jumped from $54 per semester to the proposed $750 per semester and then to $1900 per annum (also proposed) prior to the healthcare plans finally getting up canceled.

…The cause of the major increase listed was Obamacare and the fact that the new rules put out by HHS for colleges and universities required that the plans carry a minimal insurance of $100,000 per sickness and offer ‘preventative coverage protections and other consumer protections…’

Pursuant to an article dated August 25, 2010 written by the Heritage Foundry entitled, “Side Effects: College Students May Lose Health Care Option under Obamacare” who has since 2010 been assailed by Progressives for its warnings about the failings of Obamacare

…Seven percent of students currently receive coverage from their school, but that could change under Obamacare, a concern that the American Council on Education expressed in a recent letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

‘The application of several provisions under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), including certain insurance market reforms and the individual mandate, could make it impossible for colleges and universities to continue to offer student health plans,’ the Council warns….

Clearly those who played a major role in carrying Barack Obama to victory twice are among the tens of millions of healthcare insurance policyholders not spared the detrimental effects of this train wreck and like everyone else across the country, they have a lot to say about it.

Source:  Bowie State University, Student Health Insurance
How ObamaCare is Hurting Bowie State Students
CampusReform.org
The Heritage Foundry

LINKS:
http://www.bowiestate.edu/campus-life/henry-wise-wellness-center/student-health-insurance-plan-/
http://bulldogcollegian.com/
http://bulldogcollegian.com/how-obamacare-is-hurting-bowie-state-students/
http://blog.heritage.org/2010/08/25/side-effects-college-students-may-lose-health-care-option-under-obamacare/
http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=5239