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Under pressure from Senates, Ohio University may revise international student insurance policy

Graduate Student Senator Ed Simpson

Graduate Student Senator Ed Simpson discusses proposed changes with the University's health insurance policy

International students carry many burdens during their time in Athens. Distance, language barriers, cultural chasms – these things all make life rather challenging for international students.

Another is money – specifically, having to pay Ohio University for health insurance coverage, regardless of whether they have coverage from their home countries. American students can opt out of the university’s health insurance plan if they can present proof of coverage.

That may soon change.

Under pressure from both the Student Senate and the Graduate Student Senate, OU officials are working with their insurance broker, Wells Fargo, to determine ways to address that disparity.

According to Graduate Student Senator Ed Simpson, “We would like Wells Fargo to determine by summer’s end what the results of their review will be.”

Asked if he thought this would have a negative impact on international student attendance, Simpson said, “No. Actually, we think it’ll be an advantage, and we think it’ll lead to increased attendance from international students.”

Dean of Students Ryan Lombardi has stated that the main issue is whether or not the foreign health insurance coverage plans properly cover students. While there haven’t been any issues yet, according to Simpson, the possibility still remains that issues could crop up in the future. One of the gaps discovered by the university concerns whether or not insurance would pay to have a student’s body shipped back to the country of origin in the event of death.

According to the 2010 Ohio University Factbook, there are 1,437 international students at the university. The vast majority hail from the Far East, where the university has partnerships with several institutions of higher education.


Dr Martin Luther King, Jr (1929-1968)

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

I’ve not always lived my life by this precept (or others, for that matter), but by me, that’s how I want to look back at my life, once I sight the sunset: where did I stand when challenge, crisis and controversy came my way?

They say I’m indestructible…

They say I’m indestructible.

They also say that the law of big numbers says things have to go my way one of these days.

Yesterday, I went to see my neurologist. If you’re wondering why a 30-year-old man has to go see a neurologist, the answer is that I survived brain cancer last year. And this fall, I had what everyone thought was a stroke.

Except it wasn’t.

My neurologist told me the news straight up: I have multiple sclerosis.

When my mom found out she had it, she had my dad by her side. When I found out, I had four office walls, an exam room, and a chair.

They say I’m indestructible. Except I’m not. And I’ve never felt more alone in my life.

They say the law of big numbers evens everything out eventually. Eventually can’t come soon enough.

Too Hot…

While you’re at it…you need to visit my friend Spencer’s new blog, found here, as well as on the blogroll on the right.

Ask away…

I don’t know if this is still happening, but Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is apparently available for anyone to chat withhere.

Ask away.

I haven’t forgotten the blog…

Seriously. I haven’t.

I’ve been busy helping a friend with her State Senate campaign, which means that I’ve kept my blogging to a minimum, so it doesn’t interfere with her race. Also, I’ve had a (thankfully, minor) stroke, which I’ll write about sometime in the near future.

If you’re still reading, first, thank you! I wouldn’t have expected it, but thanks! Also, I’ve updated the About page to include my answers from a survey I filled out.

At this rate, I expect blogging to resume shortly after November. I’ll have some analysis of how things turned out (or didn’t, in that event). And more stuff about me, politics, art, music, that sort of thing. I’ve been at this for five years, and I won’t quit now.

And so it ends…

Well, this is what victory feels like. At once, it feels like what I thought it would feel like, and not at all what I thought it would feel like.

Let me explain.

For the past few months, I’ve been working to get Ned Lamont elected to the U.S. Senate. Well, to be exact, I wasn’t doing that; the election that just ended this past Tuesday was merely to decide who would be the Democratic nominee for Senate here in Connecticut. The hard work, in some ways, begins now. But that’s a fight that I’ll not be participating in very much at all.

Anyway, I’ve been working in politics to one degree or another for the better part of the past decade. And, until Tuesday night, I’d never won an election. Ever. It’s hard to imagine what that’s like, but it’s true. I’ve worked for campaigns at every level from the courthouse to the White House, and I’ve never won a race.

Until Tuesday.

And the crazy thing was, that Tuesday night in Meriden, at the hotel ballroom, I wasn’t the only one. All kinds of folks were wandering around in a daze, with big fat smiles on our faces. Still, we knew that it wouldn’t be over until Lieberman conceded.

And then it came. I caught the non-concession concession (as graceless and churlish a speech as I’ve ever seen–and I’m including Nixon’s Greatest Hits) in my hotel room. I finished dressing, hustled downstairs, backstage pass in hand.

I was there when Ned said, “The land of steady habits voted for a big change!” And just like that, every single last one of us in that room exploded.