An interview with AnnMarie Morse, mother of former PSU student Michelle Morse for whom the law is named will be aired on Comcast Channel 8 on the following days and times:
Monday, January 9 7 p.m.
Tuesday, January 10 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 15 7:30 p.m.
Michelle’s Law, which has passed the N.H. House of Representatives and is about to go to the N.H. Senate, would require health insurance companies that cover college students under their parents’ plans to continue the coverage if a student takes a medical leave of absence for a serious illness.
Michelle graduated in May 2005, after attending PSU and completing her student teaching. She stayed in school against the recommendation of her doctors throughout her chemotherapy, in order to keep medical coverage. She died November 22, before the legislature voted on the bill she and her mother had created.
Children typically lose health care coverage under their parent’s plans when they turn 19, although full-time students often are given an exception. The key word here is full-time and the question has been, how can a seriously ill student stay in school full time?
Information about Michelle Morse and Michelle’s Law is available at www.michelleslaw.com.
Note: “On Demand” viewing is available only to Comcast subscribers and occurs at the time of the broadcast. Channel 8 is available to viewers in southern New Hampshire on Comcast Channel 3. Comcast subscribers can watch a simultaneous broadcast online at www.CN8.TV/New England