FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 22, 2005
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N.H. - Joined by the family of Michelle
Morse and legislators, Gov. John Lynch today
signed "Michelle's Law," helping ensure
that college students do not lose their health
insurance when they need it most.
The legislation, HB 37, ensures that seriously
ill college students can continue to receive
health care insurance through their family's
health insurance policy even if they are unable
to maintain their full-time student status.
"College students should not lose their
health insurance just when they need it the most.
Now, in New Hampshire, they won't. Michelle's
Law will provide an important protection for
New Hampshire families,"
Gov. Lynch said.
Michelle Morse was a student at a Plymouth State
University when she was diagnosed with colon
cancer. Although her doctor suggested she take
a leave of absence from school, Michelle Morse
maintained a full course schedule in order to
keep her health insurance coverage.
Michelle Morse died in November.
"College students with life-threatening
illnesses will now be able to take the advice
of their doctors and still keep their health
insurance. That is because of the courage and
commitment of Michelle and her family. Michelle
passed away in November. But her memory lives
on, and with this law she leaves a legacy that
will make a difference in the lives of other
young people," Gov. Lynch said.
Joining Gov. Lynch was Michelle's mother and
father, AnnMarie and Glen Morse, and her brother,
The legislation, which had strong bipartisan
support in both the House and the Senate, was
sponsored by Representatives William Infantine,
Ben Baroody, Raymond Herbert, Keith Hirschman,
and Jeffrey Aboshar.
Gov. Lynch also acknowledged the efforts of
a number of legislators who worked closely with
the Morse family on the legislation, including
Representatives John DeJoie and Sheila Francoeur,
and Senators David Gottesman and Bob Flanders.
Michelle's law takes effect immediately.