MU to subsidize graduate student health care for another year

Hank Foley | Photo from
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MU graduate student employees will continue to receive health insurance subsidies under the university’s regular plan for another full year.

MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley announced Tuesday that the university will continue to provide insurance subsidies to graduate student employees despite its violation of an Affordable Care Act interpretation. Under the current plan, the university provides subsidies that make up all or part of the cost of health insurance for graduate students employed by MU. This plan will continue through the 2016-17 fiscal year, or from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017.

MU withdrew graduate student employee health insurance on Aug. 15 in response to an IRS ruling that prohibited MU and other universities providing similar coverage from continuing to offer their insurance plans. Leona Rubin, associate vice chancellor of Graduate Studies, announced the withdrawal just one day before it was to take place, causing an uproar from graduate students who were left with gaps in their coverage. The health insurance was reinstated on Aug. 21, but tensions remained high.

In choosing to maintain the university’s insurance plan, Foley has set aside the three recommendations offered to him in November by the Task Force on Graduate Student Health Insurance. Foley said a new solution may be needed in the future, but that the university would “continue to ensure that our graduate students have health insurance options competitive with our peer institutions.”

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