Idaho board weighs student insurance requirement
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) -- The state Board of Education will again consider dropping its requirement that full-time public college and university students have health insurance.
The Lewiston Tribune reports the board will reconsider the mandate Friday at a special meeting in Boise. Trustees took up the issue in April, rejecting a request by some schools to suspend the rule for a year because of sharp increases in insurance premiums.
If the board reverses course, students wouldn't be freed from the requirement until next fall because health care contracts for the current year are already in place.
Some four-year institutions sought to suspend the requirement last year as insurance premiums spiked by as much as 46 percent, with fewer students opting for school policies and instead remaining on their parent's insurance plans.
Information from: Lewiston Tribune, http://www.lmtribune.com