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Medicaid gap squeezes students, too

Amir Piranfar is among the next generation of health care providers — a third-year doctoral pharmacy student at the Meridian campus of Idaho State University. But as he planned for his spring semester, the future of his career hinged on taking out student loans to pay for health insurance that is required to attend a public university: about $155 per month for a policy he figures he will never use, because it has a nearly $7,000 deductible. It’s a stark change from this year, when Piranfar paid about $20 per month for coverage with no deductible and tiny copayments. The only difference? His schedule/Audrey Dutton, Idaho Statesman. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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