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ACHA Guidelines Document:
Standards for Student Health Insurance/ Benefits Programs (.pdf)

Jenny Foss, MSN, Chair, ACHA Student Health Insurance/Benefits Plans Coalition,

Anita Barkin, DrPH, MSN, CRNP, Chair, ACHA ACA Transitional Issues Task Force,

Mary Hoban, ACHA National Office Liaison,  

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PLEASE NOTE: The American College Health Association (ACHA) is not positioned to provide advice nor address questions about student health insurance coverage offered by a specific institution of higher education. Instead, such questions should be directed to institutional officials.


Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590 became public law no: 111-148)

Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HR 4872 became public law no: 111-152) – health care finance and revenue changes made to the PPACA

Implementing Regulations

Affordable Care Act —Student Health Insurance Coverage

CCIIO Sub-Regulator Guidance: Process for Obtaining Recognition as Minimum Essential Coverage (for self-funded student health plans beginning after December 31, 2014); October 31, 2013

Final Rule Published on Contraception Coverage and Religious Organizations [CMS-9968-F]; July 2, 2013

Final Rule Designating Self-Funded student Health Coverage as Minimum Essential Coverage on Temporary Basis [CMS-9958-F]; July 1, 2013

red push pinFAQs about Final Regulations for Student Health Insurance Plans; April 12, 2012, posting replaced with updated FAQs February 12, 2014

Health Insurance Market Rules/Rate Review [CMS-9972-F]; February 27, 2013

Regulations on Standards Related to Essential Health Benefits [CMS-9980-F]; February 25, 2013

Draft Federal Regulations Designating Self-Funded Student Health Plans as Minimum Essential Coverage [CMS-9958-P]; February 1, 2013

HHS Fact Sheet — Student Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act; April 5, 2012

Final Federal Regulations on Student Health Insurance Plans [CMS-9981-F]; March 16, 2012

ACHA Frequently Asked Questions – Proposed Federal Regulations for Student Health Insurance Coverage; February 15, 2011
(Superseded by final regulation FAQs)

ACE – DHHS – Summary of Major Provisions of Proposed Regulation for Student Health Insurance Plans; February 11, 2011

Federal Register Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Student Health Insurance Coverage [CMS-9981-P]; February 11, 2011.

New Rule Ensures Students Get Health Insurance Protections of the Affordable Care Act. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; February 9, 2011.

Other Resources

ACA 101: Health Insurance Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment Toolkit for Colleges, Universities, and Community Colleges [pdf]. Provided by White House Office of Public Engagement; September 27, 2013.

red push pinACHA Medicaid Advocacy Primer: A Proposal for Providing Medicaid Eligible Students with an Option for Student Health Insurance Coverage [pdf]. American College Health Association; May 2013.

American Public Health Association, Health Reform Resources website.

Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (US Department of Health & Human Services)

CCIIO Regulations and Guidance, Young Adults and the Affordable Care Act: Protecting Young Adults and Eliminating Burdens on Families and Businesses:

Fact Sheet: Website or PDF

FAQs: Website or PDF

George Washington University, Department of Public Health — Legal Analysis of the Potential Impact of Supreme Court's Upcoming Decision on the Affordable Care Act, as prepared for the Trust for America's Health, June 1, 2012
This memorandum provides a legal analysis of the potential impact that the Supreme Court's upcoming decision on the 2010 Patient and Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) could have on many of the prevention and public health measures included in the law based on different possible scenarios. The memo includes 1) key provisions of the act related to prevention and public health; 2) key legal issues before the Court; and 3) an overview of how different decisions may affect the prevention and public health provisions.

HealthReformGPS: Navigating Implementation, A project of the GWU Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program and the RWJF.

IRS Guidance on Employer-Provided Health Coverage Now Available for Children under Age 27

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Reform website

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Reform Implementation Timeline

Kaiser Family Foundation, Glossary of Key Health Care Reform Terms [pdf]

Kaiser Family Foundation, EXPLAINING HEALTH CARE REFORM BRIEF: Questions About the Extension of Dependent Coverage to Age 26, April 2010

Kaiser Family Foundation, What the Actuarial Values in the Affordable Health Care Act Mean [pdf], April 2011

McKenna, Long, & Aldridge, LLP, PPACA Implementation Timeline

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Reform website

US Dept of Health & Human Services Health Reform website

Young Invicibles, Finding Health Insurance Toolkit at