ArghItsBlarg wrote: Also I can't imagine that NU's health care is anything I really want to put my kids on.
If the NU law healthcare plan is the same plan they offer employees, then it is actually pretty awesome. It basically covers all of the NMH affiliated practices with a $20/$30 deductible. I knew of one woman who stayed in a Ph.D. program an extra year just so that she could have her prenatal care and delivery at Prentice. (They have plasma screens, Xboxes, and lake views in the delivery suites.
I was looking at the NU student health plan last night, comparing it to the HMO coverage I get now through work, and it's...ok. But then, pretty much everything is only ok compared to my Kaiser for $25/month, which covers everything without that you-pay-20% bullshit. Plus I hate PPOs and trying to find a doctor who's taking on patients and having to go different places for different things. I like being able to call one phone number for absolutely everything. Giving up my insurance is one of the things that really scares me about quitting my job.
If NU grants me my deferral, I'm definitely spending the next 18 months getting new glasses, new contacts, getting my teeth checked, etc.