Due to the extremely high cost of health care in the U.S. and the importance of adequate health insurance coverage, the College requires all full-time undergraduate and graduate students and all F-1 or J-1 international students to have health insurance coverage throughout the entire school year as a condition of enrollment. Every academic year, these students must either elect to enroll in or waive out of the W&M-sponsored Student Insurance Plan to comply with this requirement. Falsifying or misrepresenting insurance information is a violation of the Honor Code and will be reported.
The College sponsors a comprehensive Student Insurance Plan, provided by UnitedHealthcare StudentResources, that is compliant with the Affordable Care Act and is categorized as a Platinum level plan.
- The Student Insurance Waiver/Enrollment system is now open and accepting Waiver Request and Enrollment form submissions for the Spring 2019 term.
- All full-time New, Transfer, and Readmitted students or Continuing students who want to waive out of the Student Insurance Plan for the Spring 2019 term because you already maintain other adequate health insurance coverage must submit an approved Spring 2019 Waiver Request form by 12/31 to avoid be financially responsible for the Health Insurance Policy charge posted to their Student Account. (Continuing students who already submitted an approved 2018-2019 waiver are NOT REQUIRED to re-submit another waiver in the spring because the waiver in the fall is for the entire 2018-2019 school year.)
- All full-time New, Transfer or Readmitted student for the Spring 2019 term who want to enroll in to the Student Insurance Plan because you don't already maintain other adequate health insurance coverage must submit an approved Spring 2019 Enrollment Request form by 12/31 and will be financially responsible for the timely payment of the Health Insurance Policy charge posted to their Student Account.
- Students who do not elect to waive out of or enroll in to the Student Insurance Plan by the posted deadline(s) will be billed the Health Insurance Policy charge and will be financially responsible for this charge posted to their Student Account. However, there is a delay in processing these enrollments resulting in a temporary lapse of coverage, so you are strongly urged to submit the appropriate Spring 2019 Student Insurance form by 12/31 to ensure your timely enrollment/waiver.
Important Note: All full-time students ARE eligible to use the services of the Student Health Center. Waiving the Student Insurance Plan DOES NOT affect eligibility for services at the Student Health Center.
For the purpose of defining Student Insurance eligibility, full-time is defined by the College as undergraduate students taking 12 or more credit hours during the Fall, Spring and Summer academic terms and graduate students taking 9 or more credit hours during the Fall and Spring terms (or the equivalent of full-time study) and 6 or more credit hours during the Summer term (3 or more credit hours for A&S and VIMS graduate students). Part-time or continuous enrollment students are not eligible for nor should they enroll in the Student Insurance Plan.
Students must actively attend classes for at least the first 31 days after the date for which coverage is purchased to remain eligible. Students in good standing who are actively engaged in academic study (Graduate Research or Dissertation) are considered by the College to be actively attending classes. Students must meet the Eligibility requirements each time you pay a premium to continue your insurance coverage.
The Student Health Center DOES NOT file any private insurance claims for charges, except for the College-endorsed Student Insurance Plan. The Student Health Center will provide the student with a detailed, itemized bill that can be submitted to your private insurance company for possible reimbursement. However, the Student Health Center providers do not participate in any insurance networks or groups, therefore any medical expenses submitted to your private insurance will likely be treated as an out-of-network claim.