MU can keep offering health insurance to grad students, lacks permanent solution

Three federal departments say that universities will be able to offer health insurance to students indefinitely.

That’s good news for the University of Missouri’s 6,000 graduate students, because the university won’t have to adjust the health insurance subsidies it gives graduate assistants and won’t be penalized by the IRS for continuing to offer those subsidies.

But the underlying issues identified after MU removed health insurance from its graduate students with little warning in 2015 will remain.

Colleges and universities have arrangements for graduate student health coverage that are often part of a large and complex admission offer and acceptance process, the report said, and Congress believes that the Affordable Care Act should preserve higher education institutions’ ability to offer health insurance.

MU has not provided any updates on its plan for health coverage for graduate students following the federal update.

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