NJ Senate Votes To End Requirement For College Students To Maintain Health Insurance Coverage

TRENTON — The state Senate approved a bill that would eliminate a state mandate requiring all full-time college students in New Jersey to maintain health insurance coverage.

“Rising tuition costs have already forced too many students to drop out of college or forgo higher education at all,” said state Sen. Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean), a sponsor of the bill. “Students are paying tens of thousands of dollars for a degree and shouldn’t have colleges tacking on peripheral mandates that only increase their financial burden.”

“Colleges are also better served focusing on education, not investigating students’ medical records,” added Singer, a member of the board of Georgian Court University.

The legislation (S2291) 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.

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