The state Senate passed Thursday Senator Robert Singer’s measure to eliminate a costly and otherwise detrimental state mandate that full-time college students in New Jersey maintain and prove health insurance coverage.
“Rising tuition costs alone prevent too many students from finishing degrees that they have already paid tens of thousands of dollars to obtain,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “We must eliminate this peripheral mandate to facilitate the advancement of New Jersey’s next generation of professionals.”
Senator Singer’s bipartisan S-2291 maintains the requirement that all institutions of higher education in New Jersey offer health insurance coverage for purchase by students who are enrolled full-time at the institution. It does not supersede federal health insurance requirements within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (PPACA) would still be applicable.
“Colleges should not police their campuses to investigate student’s health insurance,” added Singer, who sits on the board of Georgian Court University in Lakewood. “They are opposed to doing it and should instead use as many resources as possible toward improving education and experiences.”
Senator Singer is also a lead sponsor of student loan literacy legislation to assure that New Jersey high schools educate students and families about student loan rates, schedules, debt and defaults. S-2291 awaits Assembly action.