For Immediate Release
Contact: Molly Cowan
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
New Hampshire Senate Democratic Caucus Supports Michelle’s Law
CONCORD, NH – Today, the New Hampshire’s Democratic Senators announced their unanimous support for HB 37, legislation that would allow seriously ill college students to take a leave of absence without losing their health insurance.
HB 37, or Michelle’s Law, is named for Michelle Morse, a college student forced to remain in school full time while undergoing intense chemotherapy treatment for cancer.
“This important legislation will allow college students suffering from serious illness to take up to 12 months off from school without losing their parent’s health care coverage,” said Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen. “Michelle Morse faced many obstacles, losing her health insurance just as she needed it most shouldn’t have been one of them. This law will ensure that no other college student is forced to choose between compromising their care, or losing their health insurance.”
HB 37 unanimously passed the New Hampshire House in January, and was heard in the Senate Banks and Insurance Committee today.
“This bill passed the House because of the hard work of many people, most importantly Michelle Morse and her family,” noted Senate Democratic Deputy Leader Lou D’Allesandro. “The Senate Democratic Caucus is committed to doing everything we can to guarantee passage of Michelle’s Law
Senate Democratic Policy Director