International Student and Scholar Services

Mandatory Health Insurance

 

UMSL Policy
Insurance Costs
General Procedure & Deadline Information
Additional Procedure, Deadline & Policy Information
Coverage Information
What to Do if You Get Sick
Contact Information
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Health Insurance & UMSL's Policy


Due to the high costs and complexity of the American health care system, it is very important that international students and scholars have comprehensive health insurance coverage during their studies in the United States. Additionally, UMSL mandates that all students in F-1 or J-1 immigration status have health insurance meeting the requirements established by the United States Department of State. J-1 students and scholars and dependents of J-1 students and scholars are also required to have this health insurance policy. F-1 students on post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and dependents of F-1 students may purchase this health insurance coverage if they choose.

**PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2014, INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND SCHOLARS (INCLUDING THOSE ON OPT AND DEPENDENTS) WHO ARE "RESIDENTS" FOR TAX PURPOSES ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE BY FEDERAL LAW KNOWN AS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PROOF OF COVERAGE ON THEIR 2014 TAX RETURNS OR PAY A PENALTY.

2014-2015 Health Insurance Costs


Student/Scholar Cost
$1561 for annual coverage, 08/01/2014 - 07/31/2015
(Fall Semester 2013 = $654; Spring/Summer Semester 2014 = $907)

Please note, costs can be expected to rise by approximately 5-10% per year.

Dependent Costs
$6792 for annual coverage for spouse
$2545 for annual coverage for child(ren)

Please note, costs can be expected to rise by approximately 5-10% per year.

General Payment Procedures & Deadlines


For F-1 & J-1 Students
Your insurance will be automatically added to your bill when you register for classes.  Make insurance payment at cashier's office in MSC in the exact amount of $654 by September 19, 2014.

For J-1 Scholars
Scholars must fill out an enrollment form and pay directly to the insurance company. Scholars may pick up an enrollment form in our office. Please note: the health insurance will not come into effect until after Aetna Student Health has received your enrollment form; plan accordingly.

For Dependents
J-2 dependents must and F-2 dependents may fill out an enrollment form and make payment directly to the health insurance company. The enrollment forms are available in our office or you can complete the enrollment online at www.aetnastudenthealth.com . Please note: the health insurance will not come into effect until after Aetna Student Health has received your enrollment form; plan accordingly.

For F-1 Students on post-completion OPT
You may purchase health insurance if you so choose. You are responsible for completing an enrollment form and mailing the form along with payment to the health insurance company or enrolling online at www.aetnastudenthealth.com . Please note: the health insurance will not come into effect until after Aetna Student Health has received your enrollment form; plan accordingly.

 

Additional Procedures, Deadlines, & Policies

 

Note: the information in this section is available in brochure format here.

In some situations, unique circumstances regarding insurance policies and procedures come up. Please read through this section so that you have an idea of some of the policies the Office of International Student and Scholar Services has adopted regarding the health insurance program. (These rules apply to all students in both F-1 and J-1 status.)

Requirements
Due to significant differences between healthcare in the United States and other countries as well as federal regulations, the University of Missouri - St. Louis requires that all student in F-1 o J-1 visa status purchase health insurance through the university. This inexpensive policy covers students worldwide for accidents and illnesses while they are in classes at UMSL.

Automatic Enrollment

The appropriate insurance charges are automatically added each semester that a student in F-1 or J-1 status enrolls in classes. Charges are added to student accounts after registration.

Exception to Automatic Enrollment

The following students will not automatically be charged for health insurance: students with an approved insurance waiver that is still valid from a previous semester and students not in F-1 or J-1 status.

Manual Enrollment

Students in immigration status other than F-1 or J-1 can purchase the health insurance offered through the university if they so choose.  Students can also request coverage for their spouse and children.  Such request must be made in writing by the end of the fourth week of classes.  For Fall 2014, this is: Friday September 19, 2014.

Waivers

In limited situations, waivers may be granted to non-degree seeking students or students with government-sponsored health insurance. All waiver requests must be completed by the end of the second week of classes. For Spring 2014, this is Friday, September 5, 2014. Please note that completion of a waiver application does not guarantee that a waiver will be granted.

Withdrawal

Withdrawing from classes with not also automatically cancel your insurance charges. You will need to make a request, in writing, to have the insurance charges reversed. The last date to request reversal of insurance charges is also the last date students can withdraw from the university and receive a partial refund of tuition. For Spring 2014, this is Monday, September 19, 2014.

Optical and Dental

This health insurance policy does not cover optical or dental.  There is a vision discount program provided at no cost to students enrolled in the Aetna health insurance plan.  An optical Vital Savings Dental program is available to students for $25 per year.  Students can enroll at www.aetnastudenthealth.com  You do not need to be enrolled in the health insurance plan to purchase this optional discount program.  Discount programs are not insurance.  UMSL students can also get free eye exams at the College of Optometry http://www.umsl.edu/divisions/optometry/ .

Travel Assistance

Students enrolled in Aetna insurance also have access to travel assistance through On Call International.  This is not insurance so students must call On Call International directly for service.  ID cards and additional information are available at www.aetnastudenthealth.com

Insurance Coverage


Health insurance varies a lot from country to country. It is very important for students to understand what their student insurance will and will not pay for. We strongly recommend that you read through your Aetna Student Health Insurance Policy found at www.aetnastudenthealth.com .  If you are unsure if your health insurance will cover something you can call Aetna Student Health at (877) 375-7905 . From this website, you can login using our school name or you can go directly to the customized UM - St. Louis version of the Aetna Student Health website.

What should you do if you are sick and need to see a doctor?

If it is an emergency you should call the Police at 516-5515 or 911.  If you need quick medical advice in a non-emergency situation, you can contact Aetna's Informed Health Line to speak with a registered nurse at: 1-800-556-1555.

 

Contact Information


Any questions about the insurance can be addressed to:

Office of International Student and Scholar Services
261 Millennium Student Center (MC 221)
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121
+1 (314) 516.5229 (phone)
+1 (314) 516.5636 (fax)
iss@umsl.edu (email)

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