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University of Oregon considers creating UOCare, its own self-insured student health plan
Register Guard May 26th, 2015
he University of Oregon is proposing to
create its own health insurance plans — UOCare — and to sweep all new
and returning students into one of the plans come fall.
The plan would include the existing
on-campus health care plus a yet-to-be-identified network of off-campus
doctors, counselors, urgent care and hospital services.
UOCare would satisfy the requirement in the federal Affordable Care Act that students carry health insurance.
The federal penalty for individuals who neglect to buy coverage is getting steep: $325 this year and $695 for 2016.
The UO Board of Trustees first would have
to give the UO permission at its June 4-5 meeting to pursue the student
health plans. The plan would be self-insured, which would mean the
university would take on the financial risk of providing coverage for