Student Health Insurance

Key Information & Details

Massachusetts law requires university students to carry comprehensive health insurance covering routine office visits with medical and mental health providers in addition to urgent and/or emergency care. To support student access to comprehensive health insurance, the Suffolk Student Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP) is a comprehensive health insurance option offered to Suffolk students. SSHIP provides coverage for a full calendar year (August -August) and as a PPO plan provides coverage outside of Boston during school breaks.

Students are automatically enrolled in SSHIP and must take action to waive enrollment each year. Deadlines to waive without automatic enrollment and billing are September 30th for Fall enrollment and February 10th for Spring enrollment. Take action to waive enrollment

SSHIP: Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA Blue Care Elect Preferred (PPO) Student Health Plan

SSHIP provides coverage for both medical and mental health needs through an extensive network of providers and hospital systems in Massachusetts and access to care outside of Boston during school breaks. The Suffolk Student Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP) is offered through University Health Plans and provides “Essential Health Benefits” which meet Massachusetts state requirements for comprehensive coverage including:

  • Office visits for preventive and specialty care visits including chronic disease management
  • Emergency Services
  • Laboratory Services
  • Prescription Drugs (Please see policy for tiered plan)
  • Hospitalization for medical or mental health needs
  • Mental health and substance use disorder services including outpatient and inpatient care
  • Ambulatory patient services, including outpatient day surgery and related anesthesia
  • Rehabilitative services and devices
  • Pediatric services, including oral and vision care
  • Maternity and newborn care

Learn more about policy coverage details, dates of coverage, and other information.