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BOISE -- The state Board of Education declined to advance changes to a policy requiring full-time college students to purchase health insurance through their school.

Trustees rejected changes Friday that would have removed the portion of the policy that requires students without insurance to purchase coverage through their college or university. School officials, in turn, wouldn't have to provide coverage.

The board also rejected the proposed removal of a requirement that students who are already insured through an outside policy, such as their parent's insurance plan, have coverage comparable to what they would have received through their college.

Trustees previously considered temporarily removing the insurance requirement as school insurance premiums spiked, but they ditched that proposal in April, saying the risk of having uninsured students outweighed the increased cost.

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