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Health Insurance

 The University of Texas Board Of Regents has passed Regents Rule 50402, which now requires all international students to have medical insurance compliant with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).


The UT Student Health Insurance Plan (UT SHIP) meets the new requirements. Enrollment in UT SHIP is automatic each semester and the insurance premium is automatically charged to your tuition and fee account when you register for classes, unless you submit a health insurance waiver. New incoming international students can sign up for UT SHIP during their orientation.  For continuing students, no action is required to be enrolled in UT SHIP except to ensure that your contact email and mailing address are always current in MyMav.

The UT System has established new criteria in which an international student can request a waiver to the student health insurance plan by providing alternate health insurance coverage. In order to be approved for a waiver, your alternate health coverage must meet or exceed the requirements as set in the System regulation and be PPACA compliant. Waivers that were approved by the Office of International Education during past semesters may no longer qualify to replace the UT SHIP, due to the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

To help students manage the increase in cost of insurance, the university has made arrangements for students to pay their insurance charges through the tuition and fee installment payment plan which allows you to pay in three separate installments.

For more information about enrollment and waivers, please visit the Office of International Education's Health Insurance Information page.

For more information on the UT student health insurance plan, please visit the Insurance tab on our website.

Emergency and After-Hours Treatment

  • Health concerns don’t always follow an 8-to-5 schedule. Registered nurses are on call at 1-800-581-0368 to answer your health questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 24/7 Nurseline’s registered nurses can discuss your health concerns and give general health tips and trusted guidance on possible emergency care, urgent care and more. This benefit is only available to students covered by student health insurance
  • When seeking treatment outside of the student health center, please use the Provider Finder resource from Blue Cross Blue Shield to find in-network doctors and hospitals in your area. Co-payments, deductibles, and out-of-pocket expenses are applicable when receiving treatment outside of the student health center. Please review the Academic Blue Health Plan Brochure for more information

The following links provide helpful information on understanding health insurance in the United States: