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Resolution: In Opposition of Mandatory Health Insurance for State University Students

Agenda Item: In Opposition of Mandatory Health Insurance Date: October 26, 2009

Sponsors:  Cristina Loreto, Arts and Sciences Senator; Altanese Phenelus, Arts and Sciences Senator; Vignesh Doraiswamy, Honor’s College Senator; William-Jose Velez, Engineering and Computing Senator

In Opposition of Mandatory Health Insurance for State University Students

WHEREAS, The mission statement of the Student Government Council, and its elected Senators and Members, states that we are “committed to providing and improving the overall student experience,” as well as “fostering student life, encouraging community involvement, and serving the common interest of the students,”

WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the Student Government to ensure and speak on behalf of the students;

WHEREAS, The State Legislature has tried to enact mandatory health insurance for all state university students, without any financial assistance, and denies class registration to students who don’t have health insurance;

WHEREAS, Most recent statistics show that more than 60% of FIU students do not have health insurance, and more than 1/3 of FIU students are dependent on financial aid;

WHEREAS, University Health Services has stated that it does not have the capacity and the staff to handle such paperwork and ensure that more than 38,000 students have health insurance before registration opens;

WHEREAS, The SGC-MMC Executive Branch has already met with Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA), and stated that it is not within the best interests of the University;

WHEREAS, The model of mandatory health insurance at Florida State University (FSU) cannot apply to FIU because FSU is not situated in a metropolitan area and has a lower cost of living than the Miami Metropolitan area;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Student Government Association Modesto A. Maidique Campus Senate opposes mandatory health insurance for state university students without any financial assistance to support and help students have insurance.

In favor: 20; Opposed:2; Abstentions:0; Signed:

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