Kalamazoo College To Require Health Insurance For Incoming Students

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Kalamazoo College will require all new students to have health insurance in fall 2012. It could cost uninsured students about $900 to meet the new requirement. “Students who are hospitalized or need surgery can be devastated from that,” said K-College Director of Student Health Services Lisa Ailstock. “Even if it’s an added expense, I think it’s overall better for the college and for student health.” Vice President of Student Development Sarah Westfall said the college has been discussing requiring health insurance since 2007 and decided to move forward in December. She said students who already have health insurance can waive participation in the K-College plan, which will be offered through Gallagher Koster, and students can use financial aid to help pick up the costs, which will fall on top of tuition and room and board.

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