Health care costs in the U.S. are very expensive and could
easily overwhelm an intern or scholar on a limited budget.
Therefore, the U.S. Department of State and the State University of
New York (SUNY) require all J-1 Exchange Visitors and their
dependents in the U.S. to have sickness and accident insurance, and
medical evacuation and repatriation insurance in effect for the
duration of their Exchange Visitor status.