Michelle Morse was diagnosed with cancer when she was 20 and a college student at Plymouth State College. She and her family discovered that her parents health insurance would not cover her if she dropped out of school while being treated for cancer.
The only way for her to continue to get coverage was either for her family to pay an extra $550 a month or for her to stay in school.
She chose the latter.
She sometimes had to wear a chemotherapy pump attached to her to be able to attend classes while she was fighting for her life.
She also spent time trying to lobby for a bill that would require health insurance companies to cover college students when they take a medical leave of absence.
Apparently most health coverage provided by employers will only cover kids over 18 if they are in school full time.
Next year a bill called Michelle’s Law will go before the House thanks to Michelle’s efforts. Michelle’s Law will force health insurance providers to cover students if their doctor has certified that for medical reasons they cannot continue school full time.
Michelle, who was going to be a teacher, died last week.
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