Graduates need to get health insurance
7/28/2009 11:41:18 AM
Aside from mortarboards, graduating college students have other things to think about.
A report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers estimated that this year, at least a million alumni pulled out from their parents’ health insurance coverage after graduating. Because of financial shortages, former college students are having a hard time getting replacement insurance policies.
According to Jon Gabel, graduates should go for health insurance plans offered by employers. The senior fellow from the University of Chicago’s Opinion Research Center—Health Policy and Evaluation Department also added that it is the most affordable health plan for fresh graduates.
But the thing is, landing a job in today’s struggling job market is difficult. NACE says that around 2.5 million fresh graduates are unemployed. Samantha Whiteside, a 24-year-old graduate of health and fitness from Virginia Polytechnic University, is one of them.
After graduating last year, she had a promising career outlook after getting a job in an outpatient rehabilitation center around March. She worked as a technician as well as a wellness instructor for seniors with mental illness. Her employer promised that she would get health insurance benefits after three months. However, she was fired three days before her fourth month began.
“I've never been in this situation before," she said. "I know everybody's been saying that the economy's bad … but I never thought it would happen to me."
She is currently working as a part-time swimming instructor. Marla Whiteside, her mother, got her an individual health insurance plan for $96 per month. Even though the plan would only cover 70% of hospital bills, it’s better than having no coverage at all.
According to Cheryl Fish-Parcham from Families USA, graduates should not be part of the uninsured population.