BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Health Insurance offered to all 5,500 students at Bowie State University has been cancelled because the bare-bones plan does not meet the minimum standards for Obamacare.
The cancelled plan offered $5,000 worth of medical coverage to students for just $54 per semester. University administrators said an acceptable replacement under the Affordable Care Act would have cost $900 per semester, a 1500% increase.
Administrators have decided that health insurance will no longer be mandatory for enrollment at the University.
Students who need individual coverage are likely to find a better deal for themselves on the state's Maryland Health Connection insurance exchange, said University spokesman Cassandra Robinson.
Most students are covered on the family policies held by their parents until age 26, a significant Obamacare benefit.
However, those who are not covered by a parent will be required by law to purchase their own.
Critics including student journalist Eugene Craig III say the cancellation is a vivid example of President Barack Obama's broken promise that citizens who like their current health insurance can keep it.
Craig criticized said bare-bones student health insurance is being replaced by Cadillac plans that students neither want nor need.