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Health Insurance Information for International Scholars and Employees

Federal law requires that all persons in J-1 and J-2 status maintain adequate health insurance for the duration of their stay in the United States.

Regardless of immigration status, due to the high cost of medical care in the U.S., it is important to have health insurance coverage for oneself and any dependents.

Minimum Federal Requirements for Health Insurance for Persons in J-1 and J-2 Status
  • Accident/illness coverage of at least $100,000 per incident
  • Repatriation coverage of at least $25,000
  • Medical evacuation coverage of at least $50,000
  • Per incident deductible of not more than $500
  • Any health insurance policy must also cover maternity/pregnancy.
  • The policy must be underwritten by an insurance carrier with an AM Best rating of A- or above, an Insurance Solvency International, Ltd (ISI) rating of "A-I" or above, a Standard and Poor's Claims Paying Ability rating of "A-" or above, or a Weiss Research, Inc. rating of "B+" or above
Options for persons employed by William and Mary

Insurance options for William and Mary full time employees can be found on the Human Resources website. Full time employees must see Human Resources to select a plan, and request a letter confirming coverage. If you are insured under W&M employee health insurance plan, you must check to make sure it meets the minimum requirements, and must still purchase additional medical evacuation and repatriation coverage. Global Travel Plus and International SOS are two companies that offer this coverage.

Recommended insurance plan for persons not covered by William and Mary Employee Health insurance

Selecting an insurance plan can be challenging and some plans provide better coverage than other plans. It is important to have  good quality health insurance plan because the cost of medical care in the US is very high.

1. For stays 3 months or longer: The Reves Center recommends that scholars and tutors review the College of William and Mary plans offered by PGH Global. These plans offer coverage that we recommend for a more realistic coverage of costs associated with medical procedures, medical evacuation, and repatriation. They also have a low deductible and offers multi-lingual customer support. PGH Global is a member of a large PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) UnitedHealth, to which most of the doctors and medical centers (Sentara and Riverside) in the Williamsburg and Gloucester area belong. 

To purchase and enroll in a PGH plan, go to PGH Global, and select "College of William and Mary".

2. For stays less than 3 months:  The Reves Center  recommends  the  Liaison Continent Plan offered by Seven Corners Insurance Company.  This plan is reasonably priced and offers the minimum allowable coverage that we recommend for a more realistic coverage of costs associated with medical procedures, medical evacuation, and repatriation. It offers coverage for periods of 5 days to 187 days. It is a member of the MultiPlan Preferred Provider Network (PPO),  to which many of the doctors, and medical centers (Sentara and Riverside) in the Williamsburg and Gloucester area belong.

The Liaison Continent Plan offers different levels of coverage. We recommend that you purchase a minimum of $500,000 of coverage.

Seven Corners Insurance Plans are underwritten by the US Fire Insurance Company. Its AM Best rating is A.

To  purchase and enroll in the plan, click on  Liaison Continent Plan.