Several Idaho Colleges Dropping Student Health Insurance
BOISE, Idaho (KTVB) -- Some students are furious and frustrated that their university health insurance plans are ending.
In February, the Idaho State Board of Education made the decision to change their policy when it comes to student health insurance. Since 2002, state universities have been required to offer plans through the Student Health Insurance Program, also known as SHIP, to all full time students. But now, it's up to each university to decide whether they want to continue offering the coverage or not.
The Idaho State Board of Education says four of the universities have decided to stop the health care program. That includes Boise State University, Idaho State University, Lewis and Clark State College, and Eastern Idaho Technical College.
The University of Idaho uses a different type of self-insured program, which it will continue to offer students. But, it's still mandatory for students to have health insurance. The state board says it made the decision because enrollment has declined in recent years, making premium costs go up.