International Student Health Insurance
Please be aware that there are significant changes to the health insurance plan and cost associated with the plan for the 2013-2014 academic years. Please visit the Health Insurance webpage frequently for changes as we transition from the previous insurance carrier to Academic Health Plans (AHP).
All international students (any student that is not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident) are required to have the Texas A&M University System Student Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP). The plan is mandatory and charged to an international student’s tuition and fee statement. The cost for the 2013/ 2014 academic year is $1277. Half of the total cost will appear on the fall billing statement and the 2nd half will appear on the spring billing statement. Students are automatically enrolled in the plan and are covered from Aug. 17, 2013 thru Aug. 16, 2014. Students may request a waiver of SSHIP if they meet the waiver requirements listed below:
The Texas A&M University System has established four circumstances in which an international student can request a waiver to the SSHIP.
- Student is sponsored by the United States government;
- Student is sponsored by a foreign government recognized by the United States or certain international, government-sponsored or non-governmental organizations, and covered under a health plan that is compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the health plan does not include medical evacuation and repatriation, a rider must be purchased providing coverage at equal limits to the SSHIP;
- Student is enrolled in an employer-provided group health plan that is compliant with the ACA. If the health plan does not include medical evacuation and repatriation, a rider must be purchased providing coverage at equal limits to the SSHIP;
- Student is enrolled in only distance learning programs
If you meet one of the waiver requirements, please submit a request for the waiver via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2013 semester - Aug. 26, 2013
Spring 2014 semester - January 13, 2014
International students with graduate assistantships (GA) are eligible for the employee group coverage. The hiring department will determine if your GA includes the benefit of medical insruance. If your GA includes medical insurance, please be aware this process is handled by the personnel services office in Old Main Room 116. Please make an appointment to meet with someone in this office as soon as you are hired. Students with new graduate assistantships will not be eligible for the employee group coverage for the first 90 days of employment and will be charged for the SSHIP on their tuition and fee statement.
Academic Health Plans (AHP) provides program management and administrative services for the student health plans of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. For information concerning the plan and costs, go to West Texas A&M University Plan.
The International Students Office (ISO) does not set the cost of the insurance. The cost is set by criteria and a bidding process at the Texas A&M University System. The SSHIP is for all Texas A&M University system universities. See the System Student Health Insurance Regulation.
J2 Dependent Insurance
All J2 dependents must have adequate health insurance at all times. The insurance requirements are established by the U.S. Department of State and the federal regulations. See Regulations.
During the transition period, J2 dependents are eligible to purchase the dependent insurance through AHP. Any alternative health insurance coverage must meet all the minimum benefit levels of the J regulations and include maternity and mental health coverage. See the J minimum health insurance coverage.