J-1 visa holders are required to have medical insurance in effect for themselves and any accompanying spouse and/or dependents on J visas.
- Minimum Coverage: At a minimum, insurance shall cover (1) medical benefits of at least $50,000 per person per accident or illness; (2) repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500; and (3) expenses associated with medical evacuation in the amount of $10,000.
- Additional Terms - A policy secured to fulfill the insurance requirements shall not have a deductible that exceeds $500 per accident or illness and must meet other standards specified in the regulations.
- Maintenance of Insurance - Exchange visitors must maintain the required insurance during the duration of their programs.
The University of Akron is responsible for making the exchange visitors aware of insurance requirements and for terminating the participant from the program if he/she willfully fails to meet those requirements. The exchange visitor is responsible for purchasing the correct amount of insurance.
The University of Akron advises the exchange visitor of the insurance requirements in the pre-arrival information.