All full-time students, including visiting/exchange students, must have health insurance that meets University criteria. Students can enroll in the University-sponsored insurance plan or they can waive the insurance if their plan meets University criteria. Requests to waive the University-sponsored insurance may be audited to verify coverage. International-based insurance plans often do not meet University criteria. See "Insurance with an International-based Company" below for more information.
Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Insurance Process: Every year all full-time students, whether new or returning, must document their health insurance coverage by completing the online Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver insurance Process during the appropriate open enrollment period. Students who enroll in the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan are enrolled on the plan through July 31st or December 31 if graduating in December. Students enrolling on the University-sponsored insurance plan may enroll eligible dependents. The same deadlines apply.
Failure to complete the online process during the appropriate open enrollment period will result in automatic enrollment in the University-sponsored Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan for the full year (i.e., August 1 through July 31). Enrolling in this way is highly discouraged since it could lead to a delay in access to care during the first two months of the plan. Students will not be allowed to disenroll from the insurance plan during the plan year..
Please Note: Students who are beginning full-time studies before August 1 must complete the Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver process in two steps. Completing both steps is necessary to assure continuation of your coverage decision from the start of your program through the academic year. Step 1 covers the beginning of your program through July 31. Step 2 covers the academic year (August 1 through July 31). Click here for instructions.
Visiting and exchange students who will be studying at the University for 8 weeks or more participate in the Student Health Plan, which includes the mandatory health fee and health insurance. They receive the same services as University of Rochester full-time students. Visiting and exchange students must complete the online Health Insurance Enroll/Waive Process during the appropriate Open Enrollment period. They can enroll in the University-sponsored insurance plan or waive the insurance if their plan meets the University insurance criteria. These students must also complete the Health History Form.
Visiting and exchange students who will be studying at the University for less than 8 weeks do not participate in the Student Health Plan. They are welcome to come to the University Health Service (UHS) for care on a fee-for-service basis. These students do not complete a Health History Form.
The fees for the mandatory health fee and health insurance for the 2013-2014 year are:
Coverage began on August 1, 2013 and continues through July 31, 2014. Students who have insurance coverage that meets University criteria can waive the health insurance fee. All full-time students must complete the online Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Process during the appropriate open enrollment period.
If you should experience a qualifying life event (QLE) during the year and want to enroll in the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan, please contact the UHS Insurance Advisor for assistance. Examples of qualifying life events include: loss of coverage through your parent or spouse, birth of a child, marriage, divorce, spouse entering the U.S. mid-year, is leaving the country permanently.
A Note for Study Abroad Students: Returning to campus in January after studying abroad in the fall semester is not considered a qualifying life event. You must complete the online insurance process during the Winter Open Enrollment period (November through January 30). The link will be in the blue box near the top of this page.
International-based plans often do not meet University criteria for waiver. For this reason, we highly recommend checking the University criteria carefully before deciding to purchase insurance from an international-based company. Your plan must meet all of the University criteria to qualify for waiver of the University-sponsored insurance.
Completing the Enrollment/Waiver Process: You must first complete the online Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Process during the appropriate open enrollment period. If your request to waive is denied, you can appeal the denial by submitting the "Insurance Verification Form for International-Based Insurance Plans Only" by September 16 (or January 30 for students beginning in January). Your plan must meet all of the University insurance criteria to be considered for an appeal. A representative from the insurance company must sign the form to verify your plan meets the University criteria. All requests for waiver will be audited.
If your request to waive is denied and you would like to enroll in the University-sponsored plan, send an e-mail to email@example.com. Include your name, student ID, and birthdate in the message and "Re-set Aetna account" in the subject line. When your account is re-set, you will need to complete the online enrollment process before the end of the open enrollment period.
Graduating students are encouraged to check their health insurance status to assure continuing coverage and access to health care following graduation. Students enrolled in the University-sponsored Aetna Student Health insurance plan are covered through July 31. For information about coverage options after July 31 (December 31 for students graduating in December), check "Information for Graduating Students" on this web site. If you have questions, you can write to the UHS Insurance Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
All full-time students participate in the Student Health Plan, which covers primary care visits to the University Health Service (UHS), time-limited therapy at the University Counseling Center (UCC), and health promotion services. The Student Health Plan includes:
If you have questions about health insurance, contact the UHS Insurance Advisor at email@example.com.