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Health Insurance for International Students
All students attending the State University of New York (SUNY) are required to have a medical insurance policy that provides coverage for them up to certain standards. The SUNY health insurance plan for international students and scholars meets the minimum requirements of the State of New York.
How do I enroll in the SUNY health insurance plan for international students? What is the cost?
All international students who are registered for at least one credit at UB are automatically enrolled in the SUNY health insurance plan. The cost for this policy is currently $1,301 for a full year of coverage (8/15/15-8/14/16). You will be billed for your insurance premium along with your other university costs (tuition & fees, etc.) at the beginning of each semester.
What are the specifics of SUNY's health insurance plan for international students?
The Student Medical Insurance Office (a division of Sub-Board I, Inc.) manages your health insurance policy and coverage. For information about SUNY's health insurance plan for international students and scholars, please read "Blanket Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Especially for International Students/Scholars Attending the State University of New York" and the HTH Medical Evacuation Repatriation/ Political Evacuation Natural Disaster Brochure. Additional information is available at http://subboard.com/insurance/ and www.hthworldwide.com/insurance. Note: This insurance policy does not cover dental or vision care except in case of injury.
How do I enroll my spouse and/or children in SUNY health insurance plan?
You will need to complete the Dependent Enrollment Form and submit it along with payment for your dependents to the Student Medical Insurance Office, Student Union 315, North Campus. For further information about coverage for dependents, please read SUNY Dependent Insurance.
Am I eligible to enroll in the SUNY health insurance plan for international students if I am on Optional Practical Training after my graduation from UB?
Yes. If you have completed your program at UB and are on post-completion OPT, you may enroll in the SUNY health insurance plan. Enrollment procedures and deadlines, information for dependents and explanation of benefits are available on the Student Medical Insurance Office website.
What if I have other health insurance?
If you wish to use a different health insurance plan, you must have your alternate policy reviewed to make sure it meets and/or exceeds SUNY's minimum requirements. You will only be permitted a waiver of the cost of the SUNY health insurance if your policy matches or exceeds the SUNY policy and is approved by UB's Student Medical Insurance Office. Note: The health insurance plan provided by sponsoring agenices to Fulbright students does not meet the SUNY requirement so those students will need to enroll in the SUNY health insurance plan as well.
Note: SUNY requires you to have medical evacuation and repatriation insurance. Therefore, even if you are able to waive the basic SUNY health insurance, you will have to purchase the SUNY medical evacuation and repatriation insurance unless you already have such coverage. (Medical evacuation insurance pays for you to be transported to the nearest medical facility or your home country in case of serious illness or injury. Repatriation insurance pays for your remains to be transported to your home country in case of death.)
We strongly recommend that you have your prospective health insurance reviewed by the UB's Student Medical Insurance Office BEFORE purchasing it. If you buy another policy and it does not meet SUNY's minimum requirements, you will have to pay for both policies.
What must my health insurance policy cover so that I can be approved for a waiver of SUNY's health insurance plan for international students?
The minimum coverage required by SUNY in order to be approved for a waiver of the SUNY's health insurance plan must include:
How do I apply for a waiver of SUNY's health insurance plan for international students?
We urge you to contact the Student Medical Insurance Office directly (Tel. 716-645-3036) and tell them the name of your policy / insurer that you are considering or already have. They are familiar with many international health insurance policies, and may be able to quickly determine whether or not your policy is sufficient.
To have your policy reviewed, the first step is to complete the International Student Insurance Waiver Form, which can be found on the Student Medical Insurance Office (SMI) website. Submit the completed form to the Student Medical Insurance Office in 315 Student Union. SMI staff will review your application to determine if your policy is comparable to every policy item mandated by the State University of New York.
Student Medical Insurance Office