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Affordable health insurance for college students


POSTED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 8:40pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 27, 2014 - 8:15pm

No matter what, there is no way to avoid paying for health insurance in 2014. Whether you're a student or hard-working East Texan, you have got to be covered.

Many families and students wonder if student health insurance plans are covered under Obamacare.

"There's just things that you can't afford being a student," said University of Texas at Tyler student, Tevin Sharoddial. "It's a little extra push to being a student because you get benefits."

Sharoddial says the benefits are students getting health insurance through the college and having a health clinic on campus.

Under the new health care law, if students are enrolled in an insurance plan through a college or university, then you are covered. Plus, it is more affordable than Obamacare.

"It would be a lot better if there was something that the school would send out to everybody letting us know," said Sharoddial. "Because, sometimes, you don't know you can go to the health clinic and get free check-ups or discounted rates for some certain tests."

Officials with the University of Texas Health System tell KETK their student insurance plan meets Affordable Care Act requirements and covers all benefits needed for the new health care law.

"You don't have to worry about finding extra insurance from outside coverage," said UT-Tyler student, Saiavinash Akanura.

If students choose not to enroll in their school's health insurance plan, they still have access to general health services since it is already included in their tuition.

"As a student who doesn't have much income, you know the low income it tends to be with people in college, I very much feel that student insurance here, provided by the university, is more beneficial than actually buying into the Affordable Care Act," said UT-Tyler student, Kevin Berber.

For more information on UT-Tyler Student Health Insurance Plans, visit their website.

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Okay, stupid...student becomes ill, no insurance, visits ER, needs hospitalization/surgery/a week to, stupid, who pays? Open your pocket, will pay. Now picture this same student who becomes ill and is able to afford adequate health care because of the Affordable Health Care Act...reasonable premiums, assistance from ACA, reasonable charges from hospital and doctors...people who run on stupid are incapable of reasonable rational thought. Hope for Democratic landslide!

TINSTAAF. There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.

If you are getting something for nothing then somewhere, somehow, SOMEONE is getting nothing for something.

And 'affordable' is a term that is so misunderstood.

Hope for change in 2014.

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