The University requires all students to have health insurance. New students verify insurance coverage on their pre-entrance health form when they first enter the University. International students verify certain levels of insurance coverage on an annual basis through the University’s hard-waiver health insurance program. For information regarding insurance claims click here.
Health care and related insurance plans are undergoing major change in the United States, largely due to the Affordable Care Act. Now is a good time for students and families to learn about these changes and to examine their existing coverage.
The University offers a student health plan administered by Aetna Student Health. Information regarding the Aetna Student Health plan is posted here:
Students are not required to enroll in the Aetna Student Health plan. However, the University encourages students and their families to compare their existing plan to the Aetna Student Health plan. In some cases, students and their families find that the Aetna Student Health plan costs less and provides more comprehensive coverage than their current health plan.
In addition to being more economical for some families, the Aetna Student Health plan also covers situations unique to students. STUDENTS: If any of these situations apply to you, then Aetna Student Health may prove to be a better choice for you:
- You may decide to study abroad, even for a short period.
- You may decide to take a summer job or internship in another state.
- Your residence is far enough from Charlottesville that traveling home for medical care would be difficult.
- Your current plan includes high deductibles, copayments, or co-insurance.
Do the Math
Take a few minutes to fill out this worksheet. Once you do the math, assessing your own family situation and adding up what you or your family pay for premiums, deductibles, copayments, prescriptions, and tests, you will have a better picture of how your current plan compares cost-wise with the UVa Aetna Student Health plan.
International Students and Parents
As is the case for U.S. students, international students must be covered by a health insurance plan while enrolled at UVa. All international students must verify certain levels of insurance coverage on an annual basis. International students are required to provide this verification through the University’s hard-waiver health insurance program. Enrollment in the UVa Aetna Student Health plan satisfies this verification requirement. For more information on the hard-waiver health insurance program, click here.
Enrollment in the Aetna Student Health Plan begins July 14, 2014, and runs through October 6, 2014. Coverage runs from August 15, 2014, through August 14, 2015.
For additional information on the Aetna Student Health plan, please see the U.Va. page on the Aetna Student Health website (Updates coming soon!) or call Aetna Student Health at 1-800-466-3027.