ECU & Health Care

Universal Health Care is now something our state is already imposing on students who attend one of the 16 universities in the UNC system which includes ECU.

Monday started the beginning of the waiver period to either opt out or accept the new health insurance plan.

The cost is $747 dollars a year, and covers all expenses at the student health services and provides unlimited prescription drugs with a ten dollar co-pay.

Students who can not prove they're on their parents plan or have insurance of their own, will automatically have to pay for this insurance.

Since several schools in the UNC system imposed mandatory health and others like ECU did not, the Board of Governor's made a decision last summer to change that.

Students who don't sign a waiver for the insurance will be automatically enrolled. Financial aid can be used to cover the costs.


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  • by what Location: gville on Mar 24, 2010 at 01:03 PM
    How do you diffine unlimited and maximum in the same sentence? I would think it would have to be one or the other? Am I lost here or what?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 at 04:46 AM
    Now if the government could get all insurance this affordable, no one would have excuse for not buy it. But these people have an option. If they don't want to buy it they can choose a different school. All we will have to do is choose a different country.
  • by Mustang Location: midstate on Mar 23, 2010 at 03:51 AM
    Anonymous: This is more than primary care. Here's the info I got: The plan’s benefits include 100% coverage of services at the ECU Student Health Service, a $150 deductible, 80% coinsurance of PPO allowance (with referral), unlimited major medical lifetime maximum, an unlimited pharmacy maximum (with a $10 co-pay at the ECU Student Health Service and a four-tier plan for other pharmacies), a $500 wellness benefit, a basic vision care plan, and a basic annual dental exam with cleaning.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Mar 22, 2010 at 08:47 PM
    I agree with what your saying in practice Citizen but no matter how good the deal seems now, it still amounts to the same encroachment on basic rights in this country. Good intentions are not mandatory. Promoting the general welfare is not forcing welfare in general. Why couldn't this deal be offered when health insurance was optional? This is a slippery slope this country is experimenting on currently. These experiments have run their course in many countries unsuccessfully in the past and many others are still suffering under socialist medical systems. They are great for basic care but hell on innovative cutting edge specialized medicine and surgery. What's next? May I please have a bigger helping of government control?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2010 at 08:36 PM
    Citizen: Also important to note is that ALL students ALREADY pay student health fees. So this is in a sense double payment. If you have private insurance, you still pay student health fees. You dont have private you buy school policy and pay student health fees.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2010 at 08:33 PM
    Citizen: Do realize this is ONLY for primary care. This doesn't include the same stuff your BCBS policy does. There is a huge difference.
  • by Missy Location: G'ville on Mar 22, 2010 at 08:13 PM
    The coverage provided by this insurance is EXCELLENT. I wish I could get such good insurance at this price for my high schooler!
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Mar 22, 2010 at 07:36 PM
    750 or so isn't a bad deal. I'm 29 and pay nearly 2000 a year for private health insurance with blue cross blue shield. My drug co pays are 15-30-45, and I have a 0% co insurance payment, with a max 1000 out of pocket. These students are foolish NOT to get such a good deal on insurance...I have no problem with this...if you choose to go to school there, you pay it with your tuition. It's not like the bill in the house that you have to pay just because you are alive.
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