Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed Michelle’s Law. C3 has been a strong supporter of this legislation, which would allow seriously ill or injured college students to take up to one year of medical leave without losing their health insurance.
Michelle’s Law is inspired by Michelle Morse. Michelle was a full time college student at Plymouth State University when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Her doctors advised her to cut back on her course load while undergoing chemotherapy, but she could not because she would lose her family’s health insurance when she needed it most. Michelle died as she fought to regain her health while going to school full-time.
“No college student should be forced to undergo a full course load while being treated for a serious illness,” Representative Hodes (D-NH), the sponsor of the bill, said. “Today, we took another step forward in passing this legislation in honor of Michelle’s memory and to ensure that no American student ever has to suffer her fate.”