N.J. Bill Would End Mandatory Health Insurance for County College Students

Friday, March 22, 2013

Full-time students at county colleges would no longer be required to buy health insurance under a bill passed by the Assembly today.

The vote on the bill (A3546) was 74-3.

The bill is pared down from its original version, which dropped the requirement for students at all of the state’s colleges.

New Jersey is the only state to require college students to have health insurance. While many students stay on their parents’ plans, many schools offer cheap plans to low-income students that cost $100 to $600. Those, however, are being phased out under the new national health care law, and school officials have said price will increase by $1,000 to $1,500 for the more comprehensive plans they’re required to offer.

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