WCTV | Tallahassee, Thomasville, Valdosta | News, Weather, Sports

Proof of Health Insurance for College Students

Most college students are primarily concerned with hitting the books, classes and grades, and sometimes maybe their social schedule, but health directors say they're primarily concerned with the students' well being and making sure they have access to the best medical resources.

They say that could entail mandatory health insurance.

Lesley Sacher, the FSU Thagard Health Center director, says, "I think the conversation about moving from a voluntary system to a mandatory system is occurring on most every college campus across this country. There are some that are already there."

Most universities and colleges are still on a voluntary system.

"A voluntary system basically says if you want it, you can have it," says Lesley.

Andy Sojourner, an FSU junior, says, "It doesn't bother me too much, but I could see where it would be a problem for other people. Some people are scratching to get through financially."

Florida State and many other state universities are thinking about going mandatory, saying it will save students money in the long run and help the surrounding communities.

"I think mandatory is the future. How it's implemented I think is what every school is wrestling with when it comes to this issue," Leslie adds.

It's estimated that 10 to 30 percent of college students are uninsured, but if this trend grows, it could change. Some East Coast colleges have recently voted against mandatory insurance, fearing it would push students out of school.


WCTV 1801 Halstead Blvd. Tallahassee, FL 32309
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 1322987