Need to know about student health care

By Jagdip Dhillon

While [Poly Post reporter] Julian Mitchell made some valid points in the piece that ran on May 16 about the health care debate and how it impacts Cal Poly Pomona students, there are a few topics that students may want to think about as they look to the future and their post-graduation options.

While medical services on campus would be unaffected by a change in the health law, there are short-term and long-term ramifications for students at Cal Poly Pomona.

Due to the historic passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, anyone under the age of 26 can be on their parents’ health insurance plan.

Whether that protection is carried forward in a new health care law remains to be seen.

There are undoubtedly students on campus who are currently covered under their parents’ plan and some may have to use it in case of an accident or medical emergency.

The guaranteed coverage of preexisting medical conditions or someone who gets sick while having coverage may also be in peril in the GOP sponsored bill.

In addition to those guarantees of coverage, Covered California has made it simple and more affordable for millions of Californians to get access to their specialty drug prescriptions without breaking the bank.

A vast majority of Covered California consumers have their specialty drugs capped at $250 per month, per prescription.

Overall, the caps range from $150 to $500, and, because of Covered California’s standard benefit design, they must be offered by every health plan in the individual market as well as by all plans offered by the exchange.

While open enrollment will open again on Nov. 1, through Oct. 31, eligible consumers can sign up for coverage as long as they do so within 60 days of a qualifying life event occurring.

The following are among the more common reasons that make people eligible for special enrollment:

e They move and gain access to new Covered California health insurance plans that were not available where they previously lived.

e They become a citizen, national or lawfully present individual.

e They have a baby, adopt a child or place a child for adoption or in foster care.

e They lose their health care coverage because they have lost or changed jobs.

e They get married or enter into a domestic partnership.

If you have any questions regarding Covered California and the health care law we have many subject matter experts available for interviews.

Please call our media line (916) 206-7777 or email us at

Jagdip Dhillon is an Information Officer with Covered California’s Office of

Communications and Public Relations.

Student Health Services

Dominick Batchi / The Poly Post

Student Health Services

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