Healthcare Crisis: College Students Face Health Insurance Gamble

We continue our 11 News series of special reports on young adults and the rising cost of healthcare, focusing on Mesa State College students who will soon be coming off their parents insurance, and now have to invest in their own.

A report by the National Coalition of Healthcare shows young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 are the least likely of any age group to have health insurance, because many of them are just entering the workforce for the first time.

Others don't have an employer that offers insurance, or they're in school and can't afford the added cost on top of school loans and books. While many students have insurance, many times they will wait out their illnesses, instead of seeing a physician.

Even though many of the students at Mesa State College have health insurance under their parents, many are concerned about the healthcare gap. Many think the closer they get to graduation, the sooner they will have to deal with rising medical cost.

This past year, state legislators were working to resolve this issue. House Bill 1101 would have removed the requirement in order for young adults to remain on their parents insurance plan.

Thursday, part 3 of this series of 11 News special report, Christy Hutchings will tell us what options uninsured young adults have when it comes to paying for health care.

by: Christy Hutchings

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