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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Health Care for College Students
09/10/2007

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

While there’s no question that college will be one of the greatest experiences of their lives, part of that experience will likely mean seeking medical care without mom or dad for the first time.

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured, and young adults are the least likely to have coverage. According to a Texas Department of Insurance report, 42 percent of Texans ages 18 to 24 lack health insurance. Without health insurance, a myriad of unexpected ailments can become a financial burden to your student – and your family.

So, talk to your employer to learn what your student must do to stay covered under your health plan. And, make sure your child has an insurance ID card. Or, if your student drops off your plan, consider student health coverage offered by many colleges and universities.

Prepare your student about how he or she can access health care away from home.

Your child’s health and financial well-being – along with your own – may be at stake.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based hospitals – Harris Methodist, Presbyterian and Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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