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Franciscan University drops student insurance in response to HHS mandate

Catholic World News - May 16, 2012

Franciscan University of Steubenville has announced that it will no longer offer a student insurance plan because of the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate.

“The Obama Administration has mandated that all health insurance plans must cover ‘women’s health services’ including contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing medications as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),” according to a notice posted on the university’s web site. “Up to this time, Franciscan University has specifically excluded these services and products from its student health insurance policy, and we will not participate in a plan that requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.”

“Additionally, the PPACA increased the mandated maximum coverage amount for student policies to $100,000 for the 2012-13 school year, which would effectively double your premium cost for the policy in fall 2012, with the expectation of further increases in the future,” the notice stated.

The university added:

Due to these changes in regulation by the federal government, beginning with the 2012-13 school year, the University 1) will no longer require that all full-time undergraduate students carry health insurance, 2) will no longer offer a student health insurance plan, and 3) will no longer bill those not covered under a parent/guardian plan or personal plan for student health insurance. The current student health insurance plan will expire on August 15, 2012.

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - May. 18, 2012 10:56 PM ET USA

    Hope those kids can be covered by parent's plan.

  • Posted by: BobJ70777069 - May. 16, 2012 7:02 PM ET USA

    Three hundredd times three blessings on Franciscan for living the Faith instead of merely talking it as do too many Catholics from our Bishops to the laity.

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