Monday, November 25, 2019

"University to Students on Medicaid: Buy Private Coverage, or Drop Out"

[Brigham Young University-Idaho], like many others, requires all students to have health coverage. But this month, the university made an unusual announcement: It would no longer accept Medicaid.


To remain in school, they would have to buy private coverage. The cheapest option available is the university’s student health plan, which does not comply with the Affordable Care Act’s consumer protections and would require [students] to pay a $3,125 annual premium.


The policy change is likely to push more students into a health plan administered by Deseret Mutual Benefits Administration, which, like the university, is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.