International students attending the University of Nebraska are being encouraged to review updated requirements for waiving coverage under the student health insurance plan.
International students with “F” or “J” visas enrolled at any university in the NU system are required to have health insurance. These students are automatically enrolled and billed for the university’s student health plan, provided by UnitedHealthcare StudentResources. Students must accept or waive coverage each semester or year.
For 2019-20, the criteria for waiving coverage has been updated to bring NU more in line with other institutions across the country and ensure that international students have quality coverage when healthcare needs arise.
International students with an F-1 designation are auto-enrolled in the student health insurance policy. They may waive participation if they can show that they have health insurance coverage under one of the following options:
A government-sponsored or guaranteed program such as those provided by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, the Embassy of Oman, Kuwait or the United Arab Emirates.
A U.S.-based employer group health insurance plan that complies with all Affordable Care Act requirements.
International students with an J-1 designation are also auto-enrolled in the student health insurance policy. They may waive participation if they can show health coverage under an International Student Exchange Program plan, or an International Student Insurance (“Select” or “Elite” level) plan.
Plans, like an NYIS option underwritten by Student Resources, no longer meet the new criteria and are not eligible for waiver consideration. Any other form of health insurance that does not meet the above criteria will not be accepted or qualify for a waiver.
Open enrollment for fall 2019 coverage begins July 1. International students and graduate assistants are automatically enrolled but must accept coverage. Other eligible undergraduates and graduate students must enroll through MyRED. The deadline to enroll in or waive coverage is Sept. 12.