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Health Insurance Requirements - Spring/Summer 2016

 The University of Texas Board Of Regents has passed Regents Rule 50402, which now requires only F1, F2, J1 and J2 enrolled 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. Students who are new for Spring/Summer 2016 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 cost of the insurance for the Spring/Summer 2016 semesters is $1,352.00 and will cover you from January 1st, 2016 until August 14th, 2016.

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 must be submitted and approved each semester to have the insurance charge removed from student accounts.

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.

Health Insurance Waiver:

Students considering a waiver of the UT SHIP should review the guidelines below before submitting a waiver.  


Criteria to submit a waiver request, must meet one of the following:

  1. Sponsored Plan (US Government, Foreign Government, Embassy)
    • Must guarantee payment of all health care expenses in writing
    • Must be ACA compliant
  2. UT Employee Group Health Plan
  3. US Employer Plan
  4. US Individual Plan

If you meet one of the above criteria, then your alternate health insurance coverage must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Unlimited maximum on benefits
  2. No Pre-existing condition limitation
  3. $500 or less deductible per condition
  4. Must be Patient Protections and the Affordable Care Act (PPACA) compliant.
  5. The mandatory coverage period of: January 1st, 2016 until August 14th, 2016 .

On-Line Waiver Process:

If you have an alternate health insurance plan and you meet the waiver eligibility criteria, please follow these instructions to apply for the waiver of the AHP University SHIP. The waiver deadline is February 3rd, 2016.

  1. Have an electronic copy your insurance card, Policy Benefits Summary, and proof of Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Coverage (if you have this coverage) available.
  2. Go to http://uta.myahpcare.com/waiver
  3. Verify you meet the waiver criteria, and if you do, select the large button at the bottom to continue
  4. On the Login page, enter your UT Arlington MyMav ID number
  5. Enter your birth date as the Password (format MMDDYYYY, example 01011990)..
  6. Then on the next page, click the link under the heading Submit Waivers (On the right hand side of the page).
  7. Complete the waiver form and attach copies of your scanned insurance documents.
  8. Select the ‘Submit Waiver’ button.