NH Gov.To Sign Bill Allowing Seriously Ill College Students on Parent's Health Plan

June 7, 2006 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - New Hampshire Governor John Lynch said he would sign off on a bill passed by the state's legislature in May that would allow college students with severe illnesses to remain on their parents' health insurance plans, even if they are part-time.

The measure would only apply to fully insured policies offered by commercial insurers and health maintenance organizations, according to Business Insurance.

House Bill 37 would allow these students to hang on to coverage for up to one year after a medical leave of absence; however, the parents’ insurer would reserve the right to require the student to provide a physician’s documentation for the leave, Business Insurance reported.


The measure – “Michelle’s Law— bears the name of Michelle Morse, a college student who continued her studies while battling cancer to maintain health insurance coverage, Business Insurance reported.