Healthcare Reform Update
Below is more information about the Affordable Care Act and student health insurance. Students may also connect to more resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for young adult coverage.
In July 2012, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation that allows certain large universities to self-fund student health insurance in New York State. Self-funding is already permissible in many other states and currently in place at certain large colleges and universities around the country. Columbia Health is currently evaluating the legislation and how it may apply to students at the University.
Visit the governor’s website for more information about the new legislation.
On March 21, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released final regulations under the Affordable Care Act addressing student health insurance plans offered by colleges and universities.
The current 2013-2014 Columbia Student Medical Insurance (Columbia Plan) offered through Aetna Student Health already meets or exceeds many of the regulations. Implementation of further changes is expected to be fully complete by 2014. The Columbia Plan is reviewed and renewed annually and will continue to meet or exceed all applicable regulations. Information on the 2013-2014 Columbia Plan is available on the "What's Covered" section of this site.
For more information about the Affordable Care Act and student health insurance, please visit the American College Health Association website.