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The AHP blog features the latest updates and best practices in student health.

 

Dependent Eligibility Audits

Costs and Coverage

When it comes to student health insurance, some universities and colleges have specific, school-sponsored plan eligibility requirements, not just for students, but for dependents as well. Contingent upon the plan, schools may or may not be able to cover dependents.

A dependent is a person(s) relying on the policyholder (the student) for support. Dependents could fall into various categories; this person could be a spouse, parent, child (under the age of 26 per the Affordable Care Act), or even a domestic partner.

Dependent coverage is only available if the student is also insured and dependent enrollment must take place at the time of student enrollment unless there is a qualifying event such as a marriage, birth, etc.

dependent eligibility audit is a process used by organizations to verify that all dependents enrolled in a benefit plan are eligible for coverage.

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College Health Centers: Valuable Services to Meet the Needs of a Student Population

Student Affairs, Student Health, Value-Added Benefits

College Health Centers want to offer comprehensive services regardless of size and budget.

There are certain services that all health centers should consider implementing to meet the needs of a student population and others (that may not be a necessity, but) can still bring value to students if you have a large enough student population and budget.

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The Dangers of Vaping

Student Health

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a national outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI). However, these aren’t the only ones taking action. Colleges and universities nationwide have banned vaping on-campus. In addition to implementing an on-campus ban, campus-wide anti-vaping campaigns are also used to help reduce use among students.

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The Current State of Transgender Health Care Coverage

Costs and Coverage, Student Health

As a student health professional, and a health care professional in general, it is one’s duty to show compassion and understanding for students who seek care. This can be especially true when providing support and treatment to individuals who suffer from gender dysphoria.

Gender dysphoria occurs in individuals who experience a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify. Since the transgender segment of the college student population is growing, and it is often during the college years that individuals begin the transition process, it is more important now than ever that, as college health professionals, we take a deeper look into their physical and behavioral health needs and how we can work together to tailor college health programs to be a helpful and compassionate resource.

According to a 2016 article from the New York Times, data collected from federal and state agencies estimated there are 1.4 million adults who identify as transgender. The total number of transgender individuals in the United States is likely much higher, considering this number does not include children and those who have not reported their gender identity. The data also shows that 18 to 24-year olds were more likely to identify as transgender – the age range of a traditional college student. And that number is growing.

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