The University of Akron requires that all international students purchase major medical health insurance through UA’s Student Health Plan.
A waiver can be requested if you meet one of the following requirements: Your insurance is provided to you by your government, as part of your scholarship or through your parent/spouse who works for a U.S. employer.
The insurance must be major medical coverage. Waivers can be requested by sending an email and including your student ID number and a copy of your insurance card or a “Certificate of Coverage” from your insurance company to OIPemail@example.com.
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Health insurance is mandatory at The University of Akron for international students and (the accompanying dependents (spouse and/or children) of J-1).
The University of Akron requires health insurance for international students for several reasons, including:
If you have paid the insurance prior to the first email notification of June 21, 2012,no you do not have to cancel, however you may have to upgrade. Policies that offer insufficient coverage will not be accepted. Note: If you have renewed, but have not paid the premium, yes, you should cancel the policy.
No.Major medical insurance coverage has always been mandatory for international students. To that end, the cost of the premium has always been calculated into the living expenses amount listed on the Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF) Form that each international student is required to complete and submit along with adequate financial documentation before the I-20/DS-2019 is issued. Therefore, you have sworn that you are financially able to pay the University Student Health Plan fee.
The University of Akron solely determines whether an international student has met the waiver requirements. While the online waiver site is administered by United Healthcare, the site has been pre-programmed to evaluate a student’s waiver application pursuant to the specific coverage criteria set by The University of Akron. United Healthcare has no involvement in approving or denying a waiver application.
The hard waiver program applies to all non-immigrant students enrolled in a degree-seeking, guest or exchange program at the University.
No, dependents are not subject to the hard waiver program; however, the University expects that dependents will maintain adequate health coverage throughout their stay in the United States. As a reminder, dependents with J-2 visa status are required by law to maintain health insurance at proscribed minimum levels throughout their stay or risk the loss of legal status.
When an international student enrolls online in the student health plan, he/she will be directed to the OIP eMarket to process the payment. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and eChecks are acceptable forms of payment.
The annual 2012–2013 Student Health Insurance fee is $1158. The fee for Fall, 2012 is $453. International students who do not qualify for the waiver must pay this fee before they will be permitted to register for classes. Beginning Fall, 2012, degree-seeking students will be required to pay the annual insurance fee prior to class enrollment.
Before entering the on-line waiver site, an international student should have (1) his/her current health plan ID card; and (2) his/her health insurance carrier’s brochure or plan description.
Any international student who fails to demonstrate acceptable coverage by the established deadline must enrolled the University Student Health Plan.
For questions regarding the online waiver process or payment process, please contact the Office of International Programs at OIP-Insurance@uakron.edu or Ms. Denise Garrett Brown @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Melissa Samson-Akpan @ email@example.com or call 330-972-6349.
Click on the link: To Enroll in UA's Health Insurance Plan