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Fall 2022 - 05/15/2022 - 07/16/2022


All domestic students are automatically enrolled in and charged for the UT System Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) unless a waiver is submitted and approved. Students holding comparable coverage may be eligible to waive enrollment in the UT SHIP.

To be eligible for a waiver of enrollment in the UT SHIP, the University requires that students provide evidence of other comparable health coverage. Please be advised that the waiver request will be reviewed and verified active with the insurance carrier. Notification of acceptance or rejection of this request will be sent to your email within seven business days.

Waiver requests MUST be submitted no later than July 16, 2022 to be considered.

Health Care Coverage Requirements for Students

  1. Health Care Coverage must be provided through a Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (PPACA) compliant individual or employer health plan that meets the minimum federal requirements for coverage set forth in 22 CFR 62.14 (b) and (c) and (d). Such a plan must provide coverage that, at a minimum:
    • Provides the Essential Minimum Benefits required by the PPACA with no annual limits.
    • Contains no exclusions for pre-existing conditions.
    • Covers 100% of Preventive Care as defined by the PPACA.
    • Imposes a deductible that does not exceed $500 per accident or illness.
    • Imposes no provisions for co-insurance that exceed 25% of the covered benefits per accident or illness; and
    • Is underwritten by an insurance carrier that meets the requirement of 22 CFR 62.14(d)(1) or offered or underwritten by a federally qualified HMO or competitive Medical Plan as determined by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
  2. Plans that do not meet the Health Care Coverage requirements of this policy include:
    • Short Term Limited Duration Plans; and
    • Other health plans created expressly for the purpose of providing coverage to international students and/or non-immigrant visa holders.
  3. Individual plans provided through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace (or “Exchange”) or a state Health Insurance Marketplace (or “Exchange”) provide coverage that meets the Health Care Coverage requirements of this policy.
  4. A waiver shall be granted to a Student for any semester of enrollment in which the student is:
    • Eligible for, and enrolled as, a participant in the UT System Employee Group Health Plan coverage.
    • Sponsored by the US Government or another sponsoring entity.
    • Able to establish that the student is enrolled in health care coverage through another source that meets the requirement of #1 above.


Essential Minimum Benefits: A comprehensive package of benefits and services that must be included in a PPACA compliant health care, including:

  • Ambulatory patient services
  • Emergency services
  • Hospitalization (such as surgery)
  • Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care (care for a mother and baby before and after the baby is born)
  • Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment, counseling and psychotherapy
  • Prescription drugs
  • Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices
  • Laboratory services
  • Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management

Preventative Care Medical care that must be offered to participants in health coverage with no out of pocket costs to the plan enrollee.

Short Term Limited Duration Plans Health insurance coverage provided pursuant to a contract with an issuer that has an expiration date specified in the contract (taking into account any extensions that may be elected by the policyholder without the issuer’s consent) that is less than 12 months after the original effective date of the contract.


New Students: You will automatically be enrolled in health insurance coverage from June 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022.

If you have an alternate health insurance plan and wish to submit a waiver request for the dates above or a waiver request for both these dates and Fall, please use the following instructions to submit your waiver request:

  1. Acquire an electronic copy of the front and back of your insurance ID card.
  2. Send an email to
  3. Please include the following information:
    • School Name
    • Student ID
    • Student Name
    • Your school email address
    • All required attachments

You will receive an email regarding the status of your waiver once your request has been processed.


New and returning students who want to waive for Fall only coverage:

If you want to waive enrollment from UT SHIP, please acquire an electronic copy of the front and back of your insurance ID card and then select the link below to submit your waiver request. Once you login, select the RED button under the “No, I do not want the insurance.” Section.

DOMESTIC STUDENTS: Click Here to Submit your Waiver Request


Should any Health Science Student experience a needlestick exposure, please complete and submit Needle Stick Claim Form to BCBSTX in a timely manner to ensure benefit is covered at 100%.

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