Health Insurance 101
Imagine room after 14 x 10 foot room, bunk beds, overflowing
laundry baskets, dirty dishes, poor ventilation.
This is college, a veritable breeding ground for all kinds of
bacteria and viruses, from the common cold to spinal meningitis—not
to mention that young adults ages 19 to 29 are more likely than any
other age group to sustain injuries requiring emergency care. So as
you pack up those hot plates and futons, don't forget the health
A student health plan will not always suffice. Typically, college
insurance programs entirely subsidize trips to the health center.
However, they usually charge up to 70 percent more, plus a
deductible for additional medical care or testing, such as lab work,
X-rays and prescriptions.
Also, an emergency room visit could wreak havoc on your child's
finances, because many student health plans only cover care received
at the student health center and require a referral to the
ER, when needed.
Student health plans were intended to supplement another
insurance policy, typically the parent's. So having student health
insurance alone could leave your child vulnerable.
When your son or daughter is home during summer and winter
breaks, he or she may not have coverage, depending on his or her
school's plan. And student health care is usually only offered to
full-time students (a person enrolled in 12 semester or quarter
hours per term); so if he or she drops a class and goes part time,
coverage will cease.
Some parents forego all the complications student health plans
can create and keep their children on their health insurance plan, a
viable option. However, if your plan is an HMO, and your son or
daughter attends school in another city or state, chances are he or
she will need a referral to see a physician while at school.
You soon-to-be empty nesters have options, including applying for
a plan with fewer restrictions. Here are just a few of your options:
- Preferred provider organization (PPO)
- Point of service plan (POS)
- High-deductible health plan (HDHP) coupled with a health
savings account (HSA)
Or, you may choose to get a low-cost individual health plan for
your son or daughter. It's not the cheapest option, but it's better
than having an illness or injury financially debilitate you or your
child. At InsureMe, we can help you find excellent coverage at an
affordable price by matching you with agents and health discount
plan providers on our network.
Your children are growing up. Even though you can't see them
every day, you can ensure they're covered with adequate health