Friday, October 23, 2009

Health Care Bill Lets Graduates Stay on Parents' Plans

But not all seniors plan to take advantage of the change. Carly Cline ’10 said she would probably pay for her own insurance, citing a desire for independence.

Cline, who plans to teach English in South Korea after graduation, said she will likely be insured while she works there but that she was not sure how she will be insured afterward.

“I’m going to Korea to teach English, so a lot of programs that I’ve applied to [have] told me about their health benefits — but as far as having it [in the United States], I don’t know a lot about that kind of thing,” she said.

The extended coverage, however, will not affect some graduating seniors who have already found jobs offering insurance coverage. Rashad Badr ’10, who won a Scholars in the Nation’s Service fellowship, will be insured for the next four years while he works for the federal government and earns a Master in Public Policy degree from the Wilson School.

“The entire time, for the entirety of the four years, I’ll be considered a Princeton employee, and Princeton will provide me with insurance,” he said.

Jason Anton ’10 said that he was pleased with the extension to family coverage but that he was somewhat critical of the health care reform legislation as a whole.

“I don’t think it’s a perfect bill by any means. I think a lot of political posturing went into the bill, such that it was made to please as many Democrats as possible rather than being as good a bill as possible,” Anton said.

But, he added, insurance is “just one more thing I don’t have to worry about.”

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By Ben Kotopka
Staff Writer, Daily Princetonian

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