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How Does the ‘No Surprises Act’ Affect Students?

Costs and Coverage, Risk Management

by Elizabeth Marks, Senior Strategy Consultant

On December 27, 2020, the No Surprises Act (NSA) was signed into law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. This act addresses surprise medical billing at the federal level. The regulations generally apply to group health plans and health insurance issuers for plan and policy years beginning on or after January 1, 2022.   The regulations specifically note that Individual health insurance coverage includes coverage offered in the individual market, through or outside of an Exchange, and includes student health insurance coverage. The applicable provisions will go into effect on the 2022-23 plan renewal date.

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Mental Health Concerns of Student-Athletes

Risk Management, Student Health

Over the years, research has shown just how beneficial and therapeutic exercise can be for mental health. From warding off depression to treating anxiety and other psychological disorders, moving our bodies increases endorphins and enkephalins and can have tremendous effects on the human mind. However, that doesn’t mean that athletes who participate in a wide range of sports are immune to mental health struggles.

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Reflections of Resiliency from the 2021 URMIA Annual Conference

Risk Management

by Elizabeth Marks, Senior Strategy Consultant


Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the 2021 University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA) Conference in Seattle aptly named “Emerging from the Storm.” The major theme that ran throughout the conference and sessions I attended was dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on colleges and universities. While many issues emerged from the storm for higher education, the need to be flexible, creative, hopeful, and resilient is at the top of the list.

Resiliency is defined as one’s ability to adapt and respond to meet challenges effectively.

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Beyond COVID | Three Emerging Topics in Higher Education

Risk Management

by Terry Lyons, Managing Director, Student Health

Each year, higher education risk management professionals come together at the University Risk Management and Insurance Association’s (URMIA) annual conference. An event I look forward to with anticipation every year, the theme of this year’s conference is particularly apt,  “Emerging from the Storm.” 

This year, I am eager to hear the stories of how school leaders developed unique solutions to the challenges colleges and universities faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the face of multiple, complex challenges, they found ways to weather the storm that is COVID-19 and continue servicing their students.

Certainly, COVID-19 remains a central topic in education, but I also expect a focus on a number of other issues facing higher education today. 

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Should Students Get Renters Insurance for Their College Dorm?

Ancillary Coverages, Risk Management, Student Affairs

This is a great question and one more and more students and parents are asking.

Moving out of the house and onto your college campus is an exciting transition that comes with plenty of new considerations:

  • Where and how to get food
  • How to select classes
  • What extracurriculars to join
  • How to balance priorities
  • And plenty of other social activities of course!

Two other considerations are “what happens if my stuff gets stolen or damaged in the dorm?”, and “what if someone else gets hurt in my dorm room?”.

With all of the responsibilities and opportunities that come with the college transition, constantly worrying about these factors is an unwelcome addition!

For some, the answer to “should I get renters insurance for my dorm?” may be a quick and simple yes if your college mandates this for students living on campus.

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