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August 23, 2005
Contact: Diana Malott, Student Health Services Administration, (785) 864-9525, dmalott@ku.edu

KU to offer new alternative student health insurance plan

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas and its medical center in Kansas City, Kan. are offering students a new option for voluntary health insurance coverage. The new plan, sponsored by the KU Student Senate and KU Medical Center Student Governing Council, is available for this academic year to undergraduates, graduate students and international students.

The insurance plan, underwritten by the MEGA Life and Health Insurance Company of Dallas, Texas, is an alternative to the State of Kansas Plan currently offered to all regents universities, offering more comprehensive benefits for a slightly higher annual cost.

"We are pleased to collaborate with KU's administration and the medical center in order to make a more comprehensive health insurance plan available to our students," said Nick Sterner, Student Senate President.

"We strongly encourage all students to have health insurance coverage during their time at KU," says Carol Seager, director of Student Health Services. "This new plan, along with the plan offered by the Board of Regents, provides options for those students who are currently without insurance coverage or those who decide to supplement or change their current coverage."

Compared to the existing health insurance plan, the new plan offers higher lifetime coverage amounts, more prescription drug coverage, coverage for additional services, higher payment for services outside the Student Health Center, 100 percent payment for covered services at the Student Health Center, and no need for a major medical rider.

There is a one-time opportunity during August 2005 for students who have already enrolled in the Board of Regents plan to change to the new plan if certain conditions are met. Students are encouraged to contact the Student Health Services Insurance Office at (785) 864-9522, www.ku.edu/~shs, or to visit www.studentresources.com for plan and enrollment information.

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