Idaho university won’t accept Medicaid as health insurance

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REXBURG, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho university has stopped accepting Medicaid as health insurance coverage forcing full-time students to buy a university-backed plan.

Brigham Young University-Idaho officials say health plans could be purchased for at least $81 a month for single students and up to $678 a month for a family.

Officials say a student form used to opt out of the school health plan was updated this month reflecting the change in policy.

Open enrollment for Medicaid expansion began Nov. 1.

State health officials say Madison County has the highest concentration of potential Medicaid expansion enrollees in the state.

Students say a reason for the change has not been disclosed.

Some students argue the plan is expensive and has limited coverage.

The university has declined multiple requests for comment.

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