If colleges and universities in North Carolina are an
indication, healthcare costs for students are going to be sharply
rising due to the president's Affordable Healthcare Act.
Guilford College in Greensboro is reporting that they're being
forced to raise student healthcare premiums 76%. And they are just
one in a long list of colleges in the state that are required to do
Jonathan Robe of The Center for College Affordability and
Productivity measures the impact this will have on
"And these aren't insignificant amounts," he says. "I think in
some cases it is as much as $700 per semester, which is for some
students quite a significant increase from I believe it was a
little less than $500."
Robe says colleges and universities will have no choice but to
raise premiums because of new government regulations requiring
higher benefits for students.
"What the colleges are saying is we don't have a choice," Robe
points out. "We have to follow the government regulations. And the
problem with the government regulations is it is set by government
determination, rather than what the students themselves actually
need in terms of their healthcare coverage."
Schools will now be required to provide a minimum of $100,000
dollars in benefits and also provide preventative care with no
deductibles, co-pays or co-insurance.