HHS extends reform law protections to college students

Student groups immediately hailed the proposed regulation.

"As advocates for strong consumer protections for college students, we are very excited that students will finally begin to see better college health plans and much-needed protections from abuses of the insurance industry,” said Jen Mishory, deputy director of Young Invincibles.

“By classifying college students as individual consumers subject to the protections of the Affordable Care Act, the new rule proposed today by HHS would ensure that the 4.5 million students currently enrolled in college plans will have access to free preventative care, and that their health insurance won’t be capped when they need it most, such as after an accident or serious illness," said Tobin Van Ostern of Campus Progress.