Why does my BSN program require health insurance?

  1. 0 I just got information on all of the things I need to complete in order to begin my BSN program at UCF in Janurary. Everything was familiar to me because I have been through the process once before when I was accepted to an ADN program that I didn't end up attending. One of the things that was different was that the UCF program required all students to have health insurance. I know rules are rules and I am in no way trying to say that it's stupid, but health insurance is expensive and I barely have the money to go to school. So I am just wondering what that rationale is behind requiring us to have health insurance. Does anyone know?
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  3. Visit  brielle776} profile page

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    From 'Daytona Beach'; 25 Years Old; Joined Jul '10; Posts: 51; Likes: 15.

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  4. Visit  llg} profile page
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    One possible reason:

    You will be exposed to germs, viruses, and other assorted dangers as a student. If something should happen, they want to know that you have the insurance to cover the treatment you might need. They don't want stuck with your bills -- which could get messy for them if you are injured or exposed at a clinical site and that clinical site intitiates emergency treatment to you. If you can't pay for that treatment, the clinical agency might demand payment from the school that brought you into their facility.
  5. Visit  IaCountryGirl} profile page
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    Imagine if you don't and you end up getting sick from a patient that has a serious disease or you really hurt yourself moving a patient. The school's unlikely to cover it and it's easier to have everyone get health insurance.....

    There could be other reasons too.

    You may qualify for medicaid, if it's accepted by your program. At our school it's an acceptable form of insurance, not all insurances are. We have strict guidelines on what insurance is acceptable and what isn't.
  6. Visit  outrunningzombies} profile page
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    I have to have insurance because it is a state law that any full time bachelor student have it. Perhaps it is the same in your state.
  7. Visit  CherryRed23} profile page
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    I'm required to have it as well but I'm in an ADN program. I vaguely recall them stating that it's a new requirement...but I really didn't pay attention to that part cause my husband carries insurance. Good luck!
  8. Visit  ~Mi Vida Loca~RN} profile page
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    I am pretty sure it was in the handbook as a requirement for my associates program as well.
  9. Visit  kcochrane} profile page
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    Many schools are requiring it - even community colleges. BUT the ones in this area offer a plan if you don't have one already. In MASS it is mandatory to have health insurance, so my daughter had to prove she had it or they added it her tuition.
  10. Visit  brielle776} profile page
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    Thanks everyone for all the replies! They were all very helpful.
  11. Visit  ashleyisawesome} profile page
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    I see you are only 20, cant you get on your parents' health insurance for free? Thats what I did. I think with the new healthcare law you can stay on til you are 26!
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  12. Visit  CuriousMe} profile page
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    Also, if it's mandatory, your school can add it to your financial aid budget (so you can use your financial aid to pay for it). If it's not mandatory, they can't.
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  13. Visit  brielle776} profile page
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    Quote from ashleyisawesome
    I see you are only 20, cant you get on your parents' health insurance for free? Thats what I did. I think with the new healthcare law you can stay on til you are 26!
    Well, my parents are my grandparents, and my grandfather works at a hospital and they told him that I could not be on the insurance anymore when I turned 19...so I haven't had any for almost two years now. I tried to get FL healthcare but it wasn't really worth what I paid, they didn't have my providers on the list and the co-pay was more than I expected for a specialist, the dental plan which was cheap didn't even end up covering half of the bill when I had to get a filling or cleaning and x-rays. So I just canceled both.

    My school (UCF) does offer student insurance through atena which was what I had with my grandparents, I think I'm going to enroll for that. They also offer a pretty affordable dental plan too.
  14. Visit  CuriousMe} profile page
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    Quote from brielle776
    Well, my parents are my grandparents, and my grandfather works at a hospital and they told him that I could not be on the insurance anymore when I turned 19...so I haven't had any for almost two years now. I tried to get FL healthcare but it wasn't really worth what I paid, they didn't have my providers on the list and the co-pay was more than I expected for a specialist, the dental plan which was cheap didn't even end up covering half of the bill when I had to get a filling or cleaning and x-rays. So I just canceled both.

    My school (UCF) does offer student insurance through atena which was what I had with my grandparents, I think I'm going to enroll for that. They also offer a pretty affordable dental plan too.
    the new health care bill that was enacted on 9/23 states that for all new policies, adults can remain on their parents (guardian's) health insurance until they are 26 yrs old. Existing policies are grandfathered until Jan. 1. So, at the very latest, you should be able to be added to your Grandparent's insurance after Jan. 1
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  15. Visit  dudette10} profile page
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    Quote from CuriousMe
    the new health care bill that was enacted on 9/23 states that for all new policies, adults can remain on their parents (guardian's) health insurance until they are 26 yrs old. Existing policies are grandfathered until Jan. 1. So, at the very latest, you should be able to be added to your Grandparent's insurance after Jan. 1
    This is true, and if you qualify, check into the cost and benefits and do a comparison. We cover my stepdaughter under this law, but my state requires a separate policy and premium, i.e. she isn't technically on our coverage, and the premium is not deducted from my husband's paycheck nor available as a tax deduction to us. It may be a tax deduction to her, however.


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