Task force looks at requiring student insurance

Task force looks at requiring student insurance


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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A proposal from a health care reform task force would require students at state colleges and universities to have health insurance.

The Legislature will take up a bill on student health insurance at some point during the session that starts in January, though what form it will take hasn't been decided.

The state is developing programs to reduce the number of Utahns who have no health insurance, and college students form a part of the 18-to-34 age group the state wants to target.

Adding young, healthy people who pay premiums but don't typically use a lot of medical services would help dilute insurance pools.

Surveys show most students who don't have insurance could buy it but choose not to because they don't think it's essential.

Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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