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All F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 international students attending The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) on a non-immigrant visa status are required by the University of Texas (UT) System Board of Regents to have continuous medical insurance compliant with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Enrollment in the UT Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is automatic at the time of registration.
Attention students interested in waiving the UT SHIP: Effective July 2014, new health insurance waiver requirements and a new electronic waiver process for students holding an existing health insurance plan have been implemented. Insurance waivers granted in the past may not meet the new requirements of the federal PPACA.
Please note: travel plans or plans that require you to pay for treatment yourself and then apply for reimbursement will NOT be acceptable for waiving the UT SHIP.
If you meet the waiver eligibility criteria listed above, and have an alternate health insurance plan, please follow these instructions to apply for the waiver of the UTHealth SHIP. Have an electronic copy your insurance card, Policy Benefits Document, and proof of Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Coverage (if you have this coverage) available.
Follow the instructions below to submit evidence of your alternate health insurance coverage and apply for a waiver:
Please verify your home address listed in myUTH. The address listed is the address your card will be mailed to.
Global Emergency Services (AES)
If you are able to waive the UT SHIP insurance but your insurance plan does not cover AES, a semester fee will be added to your tuition for this coverage. This will cover you in the event of an emergency or in the event repatriation is required.
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