The latest increase in the cost of Cardinal Care — and the University’s refusal to delay a waiver deadline that would preclude students from using California’s new health insurance exchange to find cheaper insurance — was met with discontent among graduate and international students while also prompting efforts on their part to mitigate the burden.
Vaden Health Center
Because the University’s Sept. 15 deadline for waiving Cardinal Care coverage requires students to opt out before Healthcare.gov allows us to shop around for alternative providers, Stanford students will have little to no choice but to accept Cardinal Care, and no opportunity to use PPACA to choose the best coverage plan for their individual needs. This means higher costs, higher deductibles and copays, and less choice.
Vaden Health Center has reported four times as many cases of influenza-like illness compared to this time last year, according to Vaden Medical Director Robyn Tepper. Eleven true influenza-like illnesses had been reported at this time last year, while 45 have already been reported this season.
In response to high demand for flu shots this season and a fully booked scheduled at the Vaden Immunization Clinic, Vaden Health Center has planned three emergency drop-in clinics for students, faculty and staff.
While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to be a contentious issue in the run-up to the 2012 election, the legislation’s eventual impact on the Stanford community could present a trade-off between expanded coverage and higher premium costs, according to University health administrators.
Despite having passed over 40 pieces of legislation during its term thus far, the 13th ASSU Undergraduate Senate has struggled to make an impact this year due to bureaucratic gridlock, opposition from University officials and inconsistency in following its own legislation. The Senate’s actions have proven largely internal or ineffectual – a far cry from the representatives’ platforms touting transparency, accountability and student life issues.