Health Insurance Information
Health Insurance Requirements - Summer 2015
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. Students who are new for Fall 2015 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 Fall 2015 semesters will be announced sometime in June for the coverage period of August 15th, 2015 until December 31st, 2015. Please anticipate that is cost will increase from last fall.
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 new 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.
Health Insurance Waiver:
Health Insurance Waiver is available only to new students enrolled in Summer.
Students considering a waiver of the UT SHIP should review the guidelines below before submitting a waiver.
Criteria to submit a waiver request:
- Sponsored Plan (US Government, Foreign Government, Embassy)
- Must guarantee payment of all health care expenses in writing
- Must be ACA compliant
- UT Employee Group Health Plan (must be ACA compliant)
- US Employer Plan (must be ACA compliant)
- US Individual Plan purchased from the Exchange (must be ACA compliant)
- Carrier letter indicating Metal Tier and Qualified Health Plan certification (see notes1)
If you meet one of the above criteria, then your alternate health insurance coverage must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Unlimited maximum on benefits
- No Pre-existing condition limitation
- $500 or less deductible per condition
- The mandatory coverage period of: May 15th, 2015 to August 14th, 2015.
Notes:The carrier letter for a US Individual Plan must include a signed, official letter on letterhead stating:
- Plan holder name and date of birth
- Insurance carrier and plan name
- Start date and end date of coverage
- Metal tier of Plan (ie: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum)
- Confirmation that the plan is certified for sale as a Qualified Health Plan (QHP)
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 June 11th, 2015.
- Have an electronic copy your insurance card, Policy Benefits Summary, and proof of Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Coverage (if you have this coverage) available.
- Go to http://uta.myahpcare.com/waiver
- Verify you meet the waiver criteria, and if you do, select the large button at the bottom to continue
- On the Login page, enter your UT Arlington MyMav ID number
- Enter your birth date as the Password (format MMDDYYYY, example 01011990)..
- Then on the next page, click the link under the heading Submit Waivers (On the right hand side of the page).
- Complete the waiver form and attach copies of your scanned insurance documents.
- Select the ‘Submit Waiver’ button.