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) while enrolled at a Texas A&M University System school. To learn more about the plan please review the information at Academic Health Plans. However, there are waivers to the insurance requirements. Please see (Waiver Requirements and Processes). Because the plan is mandatory it will be charged to your tuition and fee billing statement. Please check your student billing statement frequently as charges can appear even after you have paid your bill in full.
Premium cost for the spring 2017 semester is $947. Coverage dates are 01/01/17 thru 08/30/17. Coverage is good in your home country as well as in the U.S. *** If you graduate in December 2016, you must make payment arrangements for continued coverage directly with AHP while in Optional Practical Training (OPT) status. You may complete an insurance continuation form at the AHP website by clicking on the enrollment tab.
Notice for new spring 2017 semester students - New students who arrive in the U.S. prior to the spring 2017emester coverage start dates, are required to have other medical/health insurance coverage that will cover medical needs prior to the SSHIP effective dates.
Students will be automatically enrolled in the mandatory insurance plan and charges will be applied to their billing statements unless they: 1) Meet one of the waiver criteria; 2) Apply for the waiver ; 3) Are notified they have been granted a waiver. Waiver requirements are listed below:
Applications for waiver from automatic enrollment in SHIP are subject to Texas A&M University System Regulation #26.99.01. All requests will be subject to review and approval by the SHIP insurance provider for compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
To apply for a waiver you will need to create a new waiver account first. To create the account, do the following:
Once your waiver is submitted and your proof of documents are received by AHP, you will be notified via email within 5-10 business days of your waiver request. If your student account has already been charged, it may take up to 10-14 business days once the waiver has been approved to remove the charges and/or process a refund. If your tuition is due before your waiver application is processed, pay the fee and if your waiver is approved, a refund will be processed through your student account at a later date.
If the alternate health plan does not include medical evacuation and repatriation, a rider must be purchased providing coverage at equal limits to the SHIP. This can be purchased through AHP.
The spring 2017 waiver process opens 11/01/2016 and ends 02/02/2017 - Please note: If you are granted a waiver the waiver is good for the full academic year. Ex: If you meet waiver requirements for fall 2016, you do not need to re-apply for the waiver for the following spring 2017 semester.
All graduate assistant students working at least half time (50% FTE), taking graduate courses, and in a 4 1/2 month contract are eligible for the Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan offered by the state. There is a 60 day waiting period beginning with the first day of employment before the state will contribute funds towards the insurance plan. Prior to this, you will be expected to have the amount of approximately $150 per month (two months) taken from your monthly pay to cover insurance cost. Please contact Patti Patterson at 651-2114 for information. You may also visit the personnel services office in Old Main building Room 116 to sign up for the plan. Please make an appointment to meet with Ms. Patterson as soon as you are hired.
• Graduate Student Employees – If your assistantship is active fall, spring and summer (year around) and you are currently enrolled in the Graduate Student Health Plan AND will continue the assistantship the following fall, spring and summer semesters or until you graduate, you are not required to apply for a waiver of SSHIP.
• Graduate Student Employees without year around appointments – If your graduate assistantship is NOT a year around assistantship, Example: Fall only; Spring only; or Fall & Spring assistantship but not summer, there will be a break in your insurance coverage. Having a break in your insurance coverage can be costly (more than the actual insurance premium) if you become ill or are injured. ***Please call the personnel services office at 651-2114 to speak with Patti Patterson about summer coverage options if you plan to stay in the U.S. over the summer break. You are not required to apply for a waiver of SSHIP as long as your coverage is continuous (including summer).
• New Graduate Student Employees for Spring 2017 - As an employee of the university, you can sign up for insurance coverage as part of your benefits of employment. However, the insurance benefits do not begin immediately. There is a 60 day waiting period before the coverage begins. You can sign up for immediate coverage at the rate of $150 per month for two months until the coverage begins as part of your employment benefits. To sign up for this option, please contact Patty Patterson in the Human Resource Office in Old Main building room 116 or call 651-2114. Payment of the insurance premium will be deducted from your monthly pay to manage this cost.
Removal Of Insurance Fees From Tuition Billing Statement - The Int'l Office will receive a list of covered graduate students or students who have received a waiver of the insurance directly from Academic Health Plans each semester. Once the ISO staff receives this information, a message will be sent to the business office to remove the fee from your billing statement. Please allow several days for removal of these fees since these are done on an "on going" bases for several weeks at the beginning of each term.
To change your address with BlueCross BlueShield you will need to do the following:
To Access your benefit information:
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.
Who's Eligible for Care?
Student Medical Services provides high quality, confidential, holistic health care services to our diverse student population while minimizing costs. We are committed to maintaining the physical and mental well being of our students to enhance educational experience and overall academic success. Dependents and/or spouses of enrolled students are not eligible for services unless enrolled as a student. Faculty and staff of WTAMU are not eligible for services.To schedule an appointment please visit the Student Medical Services website.