Lawmakers Question Michigan State U's Health Insurance Mandate For New Students

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Michigan State University has become the first public university in the state to mandate that incoming students have health insurance.

The mandate began for the freshman class that entered last fall, and was aimed primarily at the 14 percent of new students who were uninsured. It was well-publicized to students and a plan costing $1,500 annually was offered to those who didn't have coverage.

But lawmakers went on a fact-finding mission Wednesday, and invited MSU officials to speak before the House Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee because some members had concerns.

"There's no one who thinks it's a bad idea for students to have health insurance," said Rep. Bob Genetski, R-Saugatuk. "But if there's a situation that is being created, that creates a barrier to entering (MSU), then I am concerned about it."

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