According to Massachusetts law, every institution of higher education shall require all full-time and part-time students enrolled in at least 75% of a full-time academic program to participate in the university-sponsored health insurance plan, or in a health benefit plan with comparable qualifying coverage. All international students are required to purchase Suffolk student health insurance with the exception of international students enrolled in a qualifying Plan with a home in the United States. Upon registration all new and returning eligible students will be automatically charged and enrolled into, the Suffolk Student Health Insurance Plan (“SSHIP”) for coverage dates effective August 20- August 20. (or $1,456 for new/transfer students in Spring Semester for student coverage Jan 1-Aug 20).
The SSHIP charge will be assigned to the Suffolk student account bill. The health insurance card will be mailed to the address you put on your Suffolk application. If you have questions about SSHIP effective coverage dates, the sponsored plan benefit coverage details, or the waiver requirements please call University Health Plans at 800-437-6448 or visit www.suffolk.edu/health for more information.
IMPORTANT! EACH ACADEMIC YEAR, returning eligible students must annually submit the online waiver form by the open enrollment deadline to opt out of SSHIP with a qualified alternative health insurance
To Waive the Suffolk Student Health Insurance Plan by the deadline, follow the instructions at: www.suffolk.edu/healthrequirements
Every year students with alternative qualifying health insurance must waive SSHIP online by completing the following steps:
Please note that if students fail to waive the SSHIP by the deadline, they will be automatically enrolled in SSHIP and billed the premium rate.
1. Go to http://www.universityhealthplans.com/
2. Click on Suffolk University
3. Click on the Suffolk University Student Insurance Plan (this will bring you to the Suffolk page)
4. Click on Waiver Form
5. Fill in all required information (if a piece of required information is missing, your form will NOT be accepted)
6. Submit the form by clicking ’Apply’; If the form is accepted, you will receive immediate confirmation of your enrollment or waiver.
7. Print out the confirmation page as this will be the only documentation you will have as proof that you waived the insurance plan.
*Students wishing to waive the SSHIP must have comparable qualifying insurancebased in a home office in the United States.
It is extremely important that you have insurance coverage that will pay for medical care in the Boston area. Many out-of-area insurance companies are restrictive about what services they will pay for when you are away from home. Please ask specifically what services are covered by your insurance company prior to coming to campus. Your insurance should have equal or better coverage for medical services if you plan to waive the SSHIP.
Who can utilize Suffolk CHW Health Services?
Any student who is currently registered for classes (full or part-time) and not a Suffolk University employee can be seen in CHW Health Services regardless of your health insurance policy.
Graduating students: Once you have graduated, you are no longer eligible to use CHW Health Services, regardless of insurance coverage. Please refer to your health insurance carrier for a list of providers available to you after graduation. If a graduating student is enrolled in the Suffolk Student Health Insurance Plan with BCBS, after the August expiration date, you will need to purchase an alternative form of health insurance for coverage.