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Catholic university drops student health insurance, cites ObamaCare


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ABSTRACTCatholic university drops student health insurance, cites ObamaCare | Fox News Skip to main content: Latino/SBC/Fox Business (Home/Slideshow/Interactive: Fox News/SBC/Latino/Fox Business) Skip to main content: Fox News/Fox Business (Article Page: Fox News/SBC/Latino/Fox Business) Fox News Digital Network   Fox News   Fox Business   uReport   Fox News Radio   Fox News Latino   Fox Nation   Fox News Insider Register Login Account You're logged in as Account Edit Profile Logout Wednesday, April 7, 2010 as of 11:14 AM ET Search Site On Air Now » Anchors and Reporters »   Home Video Politics U.S. Opinion Entertainment SciTech Health Travel Lifestyle World Sports On Air Previous Slide Next Slide Special Report Weekdays 6p et Fox Report Weekdays 7p et The O'Reilly Factor Weekdays 8p et Hannity Weekdays 9p et On The Record Weekdays 10p et America Live Weekdays 1p et America's News HQ Weekends 12p et America's Newsroom Weekdays 9a et The Cost of Freedom Saturday 10a et The Five Weekdays 5p et Fox & Friends Weekdays 6a et Fox News Sunday Sunday 2p et Fox News Watch Saturday 2:30p et Geraldo at Large Weekends 10p et Happening Now Weekdays 11a et Huckabee Saturday 8p et The Journal Editorial Report Saturday 2p et Justice with Judge Jeanine Saturday 9p et Red Eye w/ Gutfeld Weekdays 3a et Studio B Weekdays 3p et War Stories Saturday 2a et Your World Cavuto Weekdays 4p et Politics Home Elections Executive Branch U.S. Senate House of Representatives State & Local Courts Pentagon Catholic university drops student health insurance, cites ObamaCare Published May 16, 2012 FoxNews.com A Catholic university in Ohio said Tuesday it is being forced to end a student health insurance program over the Obama administration's contraception mandate and costs associated with other provisions of the health care overhaul. Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, said it has so far excluded contraceptive services and products from its health insurance policy for students and will not participate in a plan that “requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.” In its decision to drop coverage, the school cited the contraception mandate, but also a requirement that the maximum coverage amount be increased to $100,000 for policyholders -- claiming that would have made premiums skyrocket. A university official told Fox News Radio the students’ basic $600 policy was going to double in cost in the fall and triple next year and that the school’s insurance provider said the increases were the result of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  "This is putting people in a position where they are having to choose between their faith and their morality, and now an unjust cost," said Mike Hernon, the school’s vice president of advancement. "These sorts of regulations from the government are forcing our hand in a way that's really wrong." Another consequence is full-time Franciscan undergraduates will no longer be required to carry health insurance, starting in the fall 2012 semester. However, the employee health insurance program will remain unchanged. “We encourage you to decide how you are going to provide for accidents or illnesses requiring visits to physicians, health clinics or the hospital emergency room while you are a student here,” the school said on its website. Students now will likely have to be covered through their parents’ policy, though Reuters reported that fewer than 2000 of the school's 2,500 students had been buying insurance from the university. Existing student plans expire Aug. 15, and the changes begins in the fall 2012 semester. The school said students playing inter-collegiate sports and studying for a semester in Austria will be covered under different plans. The Obama administration continues to face a standoff by Catholic organizations opposed to its mandate that religious-based institutions like hospitals and universities provide birth control coverage in their insurance policies, though the administration said the cost could be shifted to the insurance companies for organizations with religious objections. The Roman Cat.......