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2 I N W S IMonday, July 14, 2008
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UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
No health care charity for students

Insurance access
disqualifies some
By SARA LYNNE THELEN
Daily News Editor
When it comes to your health,
peace of mind is far from priceless.
That's the lesson LSA alum

Krystal Kuczmcrs learned one
month before graduating last year
- and, incidenrtally, one month
after her mother lost her job and
their health insurance - when an
emergency appendectomy at Uni-
versity Hospitaldug her more than
$21,000 into debt.
Kuczmera, who is paying off her
hills in $70 monthly increments,

said she was frustrated to learnothat doesn't accept students because
her status as a student disqualified it is meant for patients who do not
her from many health care charity have the option of subsidized health
programs, including MSupport, the insurance likecthe Domestic Student
University's health care charity. Health Insurance Plan the Univer-
"If it had happened two months sity offers to students.
later, D could have been covered (by "All students are excluded from
charity care)," Kuczmera said. the program who attend the Univer-
Terni Roe, a services represents- sity of Michigan," Roe said, adding
tive for MSupport, said the program See HEALTH CARE, PageS8

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