Marshall receives grant to assist students with health care

Marshall University has received a $4,000 mini grant from West Virginians for Affordable Health Care (WVAHC) to assist students who don’t have any type of health coverage with enrollment into a health care plan. Marshall is the only higher education institution in West Virginia to receive a training grant.

“Our campus data suggest about 2,000 of our current students do not have any type of health insurance, but we believe that number is higher,” said Amy Saunders, director of student health education programs.  “The state health insurance exchange program will become available on Oct. 1. This grant will allow us to train several staff members on campus to assist students who need to sign up for insurance.  We are excited about this opportunity to help our students.”

More than 60 nonprofit groups applied for the grants, according to Perry Bryant, executive director of West Virginians for Affordable Care. Funding for the grants is coming from four foundations:  the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the Highmark Foundation, the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund and the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.