Bush Signs NH-inspired Michelle's Law

by Lesley Politi on October 10, 2008

Bush signs NH-inspired Michelle’s law

WASHINGTON –A medical plan inspired by a New Hampshire family’s plight now is law.

President Bush has signed the federal version of the state law that allows college students to take up to a year off school for medical reasons and remain on their family’s health insurance.

Michelle’s Law was inspired by Plymouth State University student Michelle Morse of Manchester who died at 22 of colon cancer. Doctors told her to cut down on her courseload during chemotherapy, but she couldn’t because that would have meant losing insurance coverage.

Morse died in November 2005 — about six months after she graduated.

Her mother, AnnMarie Morse, said the law began as a story about Michelle and her family, but it is for other families that may have a college student who becomes seriously ill or injured.

The law becomes effective next year. 

Source: The New York Times

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