Mandatory student health insurance requirement for students is suspended

The Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE) passed a resolution on Dec. 10, to temporarily suspend, until September, 2016, the mandatory student health insurance requirement for all full-time students (part-time students were already exempted) enrolled in institutions subject to SBOE oversight, including ISU, effective immediately.

The SBOE also delegated authority to the higher education institutions’ presidents to determine how to handle cases of non-compliance during this period of time. Due to myriad issues related to verification of income and tracking, ISU will not enforce this policy during the Spring, 2016 semester.

During the upcoming months, beginning in February, the SBOE will be reviewing board policy on this issue. We will keep you updated on any developments and changes as they occur. The ASISU President, Mackenzie Smith, will be involved in all discussions on this issue.

Although no longer mandatory, we encourage all students to have health insurance. If you need information about health insurance options, please contact the ISU University Health Center at 208-282-2972 or visit: http://www.isu.edu/stuhlth/ship_info.shtml.

If you have any questions about this communication, please contact the Vice President for Student Affairs Office at 208-282-2315.