International Scholars

International scholars (and their dependents) must carry health insurance coverage available through SUNY (or comparable coverage) during their time in the United States while they are sponsored by UB. These policies are set by SUNY Administration.

This page is only for international scholars. If you are an international student, please visit the international students page.

Am I a Student or Scholar?

Am I a Student or Scholar?
International Students International Scholars
Students are registered for classes (undergraduate or graduate), arrive at UB at the beginning of a semester, and leave at the end of a semester. This includes J-1 student interns. Scholars are not registered for classes (they may be doing research or specialized training), and arrive and leave UB at any time, depending on their program.
Insurance Information: 2019-2020
Coverage Coverage Dates Deadline for Enrollment and Waivers Premiums
Fall Semester 8/15/19 - 1/14/20 Deadlines for international scholars depend on when you arrive in the U.S. J-1 international scholars have 30 days from arrival into the U.S. to enroll/waive the insurance

 

$657.45

 

Spring Semester and Summer 1/15/20 - 8/14/20 Deadlines for international scholars depend on when you arrive in the U.S. J-1 international scholars have 30 days from arrival into the U.S. to enroll/waive the insurance $919.83
Summer Only 5/15/20 - 8/14/20 Determined on a case-by-case basis $396.07
Monthly The 15th of each month to the 14th of the next month Determined on a case-by-case basis $131.69

Open enrollment is available until the deadline regardless of your coverage history. You can also enroll any time throughout the year with no gap in coverage from your previous plan if you have a life-changing event; please read this page carefully for more details. Please review the enrollment form and dependent enrollment form for more information, including off-cycle rates.

Enrollment

You will be required to purchase and keep the health insurance plan offered through UB annually unless you have an approved waiver on file by the deadline. An approved waiver provides proof of comparable coverage through another plan.

Once an approved waiver is on file, students will receive a health insurance premium refund (deadlines apply).

About the Plan

Qualifying students are insured through UnitedHealthcare Student Resources (UHCSR).

For more details about the plan, including links to find a participating provider, information about your coverage (including dental and vision benefits), and ways to manage your account, please contact UnitedHealthcare Student Resources.

Fulbright Students and Scholars

The health insurance plan provided by sponsoring agencies to Fulbright students and scholars studying at UB does not meet the SUNY requirement. Fulbright students and scholars will need to enroll in the SUNY health insurance plan, or request a waiver if they have comparable private insurance.

Enrollment and Payment

Step 1: Enrollment

Please complete and submit the Enrollment Form to enroll.

Step 2: Payment

Once you receive a confirmation email and balance notice from our office, you can pay:

  • on line through E-pay
  • or in the Student Health Insurance office with cash, check or money order

Insurance enrollment will occur within 2-3 days of payment.

Setting Up Your Account and Using Your Insurance

ID cards are sent out electronically directly from UnitedHealthcare Student Resources.

After you have completed the enrollment form and paid for coverage, you will receive an email in 3-5 business days from notifications@uhcsr.com. 

This email will contain instructions on how to setup your online account and view/download your ID card once you login.

If you missed this email, you can go directly to www.uhcsr.com. Enter “UB” for your school and follow the rest of the instructions to complete your account setup.

Your online account gives you 24/7 access to your health insurance information. Once you create your account, you can search for providers, review claim information, access member guides, etc.

Mobile App with Virtual ID Card

UHCSR has a downloadable app with a virtual ID card. You can download the mobile app to have access to your information on the go. The app is available through Google Play and the Apple Store; please visit the UHCSR website for links to the app.

Accessing Care

You can use the UnitedHealthcare Student Resources portal to search for providers who participate with the insurance. Please check your plan for information about copays, deductibles and other costs.

Take your insurance ID card with you to all medical appointments. 

Coverage for Dependents (Required)

You must purchase health insurance for your dependents if you are an international student or scholar. If your family does not accompany you, but plans to join you in the U.S. at a later date, health insurance must be purchased for them upon their arrival.

To enroll dependents in the SUNY health insurance plan, you will need to complete the Dependent Enrollment Form, and submit it along with payment for your dependents to UnitedHealthcare Student Resources directly.

You can only enroll your dependents after you have been enrolled in SUNY health insurance by the Student Health Insurance Office.

Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Insurance

SUNY requires international students and scholars to have medical evacuation and repatriation insurance.

Medical evacuation insurance pays for you to be transported to the nearest medical facility or your home country in case of serious illness or injury. Repatriation insurance pays for your remains to be transported to your home country in case of death.

Enroll in Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Coverage

You may need to purchase this coverage if you are an international scholar. Faculty and staff members going abroad are eligible for this coverage, but are not required to enroll.

If you have already enrolled in the SUNY International Health Insurance, do not complete this form.

If you are an international student with an approved waiver on file, do not complete this form. If the Student Health Insurance determines that you need this benefit for your waiver to be approved, you will automatically be enrolled and billed for this coverage.

Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Coverage for Dependents

If your dependents are covered through SUNY International Health Insurance, medical evacuation and repatriation is included. If your dependents have waived out of the comprehensive insurance, you can enroll them into the medical evacuation and repatriation coverage (if needed) as long as you have enrolled into this insurance.

If You Are Waiving SUNY Health Insurance

Even if you are able to waive the basic SUNY health insurance, you may have to purchase the SUNY medical evacuation and repatriation insurance unless you already have such coverage. The waiver for medical evacuation and repatriation insurance is part of the standard waiver for health insurance. When we review the information provided by your insurance company, we will determine if you are required to purchase the medical evacuation and repatriation insurance, and let you know by email.

Terminating Your Coverage

If you receive a job that offers insurance, or get private coverage through other means, you may be eligible to cancel your insurance through SUNY. Contact the Student Health Insurance Office to request an Early Termination application.

1 Capen
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-2100

Phone: (716) 645-3036; Fax: (716) 645-3948

Request a Waiver

If you have private health insurance that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements, you can request a waiver of the premium.

You will only be permitted a waiver of the cost of the SUNY health insurance if your policy matches or exceeds the policy available through SUNY, and is approved by UB’s Student Health Insurance Office. In some cases, your policy must also match or exceed requirements from the U.S. Department of State (policies that meet SUNY requirements typically meet these requirements; the UHCSR plan available through SUNY far exceeds U.S. Department of State requirements).

Waiver Criteria

  • The coverage used for a waiver must meet or exceed the coverage provided through SUNY. 
  • You must have emergency and non-emergency coverage in the Buffalo and Western New York area, and have providers who accept your insurance plan; coverage only for emergencies / urgent care in the Buffalo and Western New York area will not qualify for a waiver.
  • If the Student Health Insurance Office determines that your health insurance plan meets or exceeds the requirements for waiver, but has insufficient medical evacuation and repatriation coverage, you will be automatically enrolled and billed for this coverage to ensure compliance with the insurance requirements. 
  • Any policy used to waive insurance must be in effect no later than September 1 for fall and February 1 for new spring students only.
  • Online/distant/military or veteran students should contact the Student Health Insurance office at 1 Capen

Waiver Deadlines

Please see the chart on this page for deadlines. You can also apply anytime throughout the year (off-cycle) if you have a life-changing event that causes you to lose other health insurance coverage. Common events may include:

  • Losing or gaining coverage through other insurance (because of your age, a change in a parent’s job, or other circumstances)
  • Changes in your family (marriage, divorce, having a child, etc.)

Your application must be submitted within 30 days of loss of coverage, and your student account will be billed accordingly (prorated or with the additional premiums).

Please see your plan for specific details.

The waiver must be approved for the premium to be refunded from the student account. Waivers must be submitted annually.

How to Request a Waiver

Please follow these steps to request a waiver from UB Student Health Insurance.

1. Complete the Waiver Packet, and have a representative from your insurance company or Human Resources Department complete the clarification of benefits form (included in the Waiver Packet).

If you are an international student with an approved waiver on file, do not complete this form. If the Student Health Insurance determines that you need this benefit for your waiver to be approved, you will automatically be enrolled and billed for this coverage.

2. Submit a copy of your insurance ID card with your waiver packet.

3. Student Health Insurance staff will review your application to determine if your policy is comparable to every policy item mandated by the State University of New York. If your waiver is denied, you will get an email within three business days explaining the reason for the denial.

Questions About Waivers

1 Capen
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-2100

Phone: (716) 645-3036; Fax: (716) 645-3948

Check Your UB Email

It is your responsibility to check your UB email. If you request a waiver and it is denied, your notification will arrive via email. In addition, the University no longer generates a paper tuition statement. Your Student Account Statement is by eBill only. Failure to view your eBill details will not be accepted as a reason to waive the insurance charge after the published deadline.

Need Help?

For help understanding and navigating the health insurance process.

1 Capen
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-2100

Phone: (716) 645-3036; Fax: (716) 645-3948

For questions about your plan (international students and scholars only)

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; OPT/J1 Policy #2019-203422-44
; Study Abroad Policy #2019-203422-43

Claims
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