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Group Hosts Health Care Information Session

A student group held a conference to educate local residents about a provision in the health care law that went into effect on Thursday, Sept 23.

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Student organizers from Indiana Public Interest Research Group (INPIRG) prepare for a small press conference to educate locals about a provision in the health care reform bill that went into effect Thursday, Sept 23.

Those under the age of 26 can now be covered under their parent’s health insurance plans. The measure, which passed into law in March, took effect on Thursday, Sept 23. Indiana Public Interest Research Group (INPIRG) held a press conference on Thursday at IU’s Sample Gates to mark the occasion, and also to release a consumer guide to educate young adults on their rights under the new law.

IU senior and Director of INPIRG’s Student Consumer Action Network Andrew Merki says that his goal was to educate people about this new law.

“Given the tough times in the economy, you know a lot of students aren’t going to have a job right off the bat,” Merki said, “So it’s going to be really important they have that option to stay on their parent’s health care plan. Otherwise good and affordable health care wouldn’t be an option for students.”

Two students with chronic conditions spoke about how the passage of this bill will help them. Sarah Freeman, a senior with Type 2 Diabetes disagrees with opponents of the reform.

“Anyone can be diagnosed with a preexisting condition at anytime in their life,” Freeman said, “So they might have to deal with it and they don’t even know it.”

INPRIG brought Caya Lewis, a representative with the US Department of Health and Human Services to talk about how the legislation will affect Bloomington. INPIRG plans to distribute their guide The Young Person’s Guide to Health Insurance to doctor’s offices and other locations across the region where people can access it for information.

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