Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

 Email  Share  Print

Administration Calls on Campuses to Spread the Word About Students’ Rights Under the New Health Reform Law

April 21, 2011

 

​The departments of Health and Human Services and Education yesterday held a conference call to encourage colleges and universities to inform students they are eligible to remain on their parents’ health care plan until age 26 if the policy covers dependent children.

Secretaries Kathleen Sebelius and Arne Duncan have drafted a letter to college presidents requesting their help in educating students about this new policy, which Duncan called “a real game-changer.”

The two agencies have produced materials that provide students with information about retaining their health insurance after graduation or shifting from a student health plan to their parents’ plan, including:

  • A badge designed to be placed on the home page of college websites that links to information about how students can remain on their parents’ health insurance plans
  • A flyer about the new benefit that can be distributed to students and their parents along with graduation materials
  • Resources to help staff talk to students about other insurance options (for example, if their parents do not have coverage)

They have also started a Facebook page which includes information for students and parents about coverage for individuals under age 26 and will offer assistance to institutions hosting session to explain insurance options to students. Interested campuses should contact externalaffairs@hhs.gov for assistance in building an event.

Also see:

ACE Comments on Proposed Student Health Plan Rules (April 14, 2011)

ACE Reacts to Proposed HHS Student Health Care Regulations (Feb. 10, 2011)

Other ACE News

  • March 3, 2015

    HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

    In today’s headlines, The New York Times op-ed page looks at the debate over how to ensure high quality teacher education programs. In other news, The Chronicle of Higher Education writes about how the University of Pennsylvania is examining its...

  • ACE Annual Meeting 2015

    March 2, 2015

    ACE Annual Meeting to Feature Federal Relations Updates

    ​ACE's 97th Annual Meeting will provide valuable opportunities to obtain insight into what higher education leaders can expect from federal policymakers in the coming year.

  • Campus Internationalization

    March 2, 2015

    12th Cohort of Internationalization Laboratory Shares Steps Forward

    ​Members of the 12th Cohort of ACE’s Internationalization Laboratory joined in a robust discussion Friday, Feb. 13 in Washington during the mid-year seminar to explore several campus internationalization issues, with creating campus-wide buy in and...

  • Institutional Capacity

    March 2, 2015

    ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers Is Accepting Applications

    ACE is now accepting applications to its 2015 Institute for New Chief Academic Officers, which will meet in three sessions throughout the year.

  • Tax Policy

    March 2, 2015

    ACE, Higher Education Groups Support Schumer Tax Credit Bill

    ACE and 11 other higher education associations sent a letter Feb. 27 to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) in support of his recently introduced bill to make a number of important reforms to the American Opportunity Tax Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit.