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Proposed Bill Could End Mandatory Health Insurance For NJ College Students

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
January 15, 2013

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Affordable college tuition or student health care coverage, what’s more important? That is the question being debated as lawmakers consider ending mandatory health insurance for NJ college students.

Students and college officials are urging lawmakers to nix the law. They are concerned that the implementation of Obamacare could drive up the cost of premiums from a few hundred dollars a year to almost 2,000 dollars in some cases. Jake Farman, spokesman for the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges, says the increase in cost could be detrimental to students.

“Our concern is that many students will drop out, many students won’t even bother to enroll because the cost has just become too prohibitive for them to enroll as a full time student.”

The bill has already passed the state senate. It will be up for a vote in the full assembly later this year.

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