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Graduate Student Group Challenges MU Insurance Recommendations

University of Missouri

 Members of a University of Missouri graduate student advocacy group are raising concerns about insurance recommendations.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported the Forum on Graduate Rights steering committee said in a statement that the recommendations outlined in a panel's report would leave graduate students worse off than the university's current plan.

Health insurance became an issue after the university gave graduate assistants 24-hour notice in August that they would no longer receive health insurance subsidies because of an IRS interpretation of the Affordable Care Act. The university rescinded that decision for this academic year after student and faculty backlash and created a task force to work on the issue.

In a report, the task force outlined two options — creating a fellowship or increasing stipends — and suggests MU consider adding a middle-tier plan option.

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