Buying student health insurance

Sickness is expensive in terms of time and money. The University strongly encourages all students to carry health insurance. The student health insurance plan is endorsed by and designed especially for the University of Houston.

The University of Houston Health Center accepts only the University endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan. For services rendered at the University Health Center, you are responsible only for payment of any applicable co-pays and ineligible expenses for services rendered at the Health Center. The University Health Center will bill the insurance company for any eligible expenses. Services obtained outside the Health Center are subject to deductibles and co-insurance requirements for eligible expenses, and all other policy provisions/limitations.

Undergraduate students attending the University of Houston who are enrolled in 6 or more credit hours (3 for summer session) are eligible to enroll for coverage in the UH endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan within the posted open enrollment time period.

Graduate students attending the University of Houston who are enrolled in 3 or more credit hours are eligible to enroll for coverage in the UH endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan within the posted open enrollment time period.

Eligible domestic students may enroll directly through Academic HealthPlans during the Open Enrollment Period each semester.

Non-Immigrant International students who are enrolled in any amount of credit hours are required by the University of Houston to carry health insurance. At the time of registration, the student will automatically be enrolled in the UH endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan and will be charged for the coverage period on their student financial account. A non-immigrant international student may request a waiver of coverage based on the university’s waiver criteria.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The university must submit an enrollment list to Academic HealthPlans to activate your insurance account for the Spring/Summer 2017 terms. Allow approxiatly 2-3 business days after the health insurance charge has been posted to your university account for your insurance account to be activated.

Please read the full waiver criteria prior to submitting your waiver. Your alternative health insurance plan must meet or exceed the posted waiver criteria and the coverage period shown below:

  • Fall Term: August 1st – December 31st
  • Spring/Summer Term: January 1st – August 31st
  • Summer Only Term: June 1st – August 31st

Students enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan who have graduated are eligible to continue their existing medical coverage. Go to https://uh.myahpcare for more information.

Students enrolled in the University of Houston System (UH) Student Health Insurance Plan are eligible for CONTINUATION OF COVERAGE underwritten by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Continuation of Coverage is only available to Insured Students no longer eligible for coverage under the UH Student Health Insurance Plan. Contact Academic HealthPlans Customer Service at 1-855-824-9683 or online at uh.myahpcarefor more information.

Students enrolled in the UH endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan should read and understand the policy’s coverage. This information can be found in the plan’s brochure.

  • Carry your insurance card at all times. The information on your insurance card will be needed in the event you have a medical emergency or use an outside provider.
  • Know your after-hour and emergency options before you need it.
  • Keep a copy of all documentation for claim submission. You will need to submit a copy of the referral (if applicable) and all documentation with your referral.
  • Contact Insurance Administrator with any questions about coverage, providers, claims and ID cards. The contact information is listed on your insurance card and online.

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