Dear Students and Parents,
Massachusetts Law requires that all students enrolled in at least 3/4 course load (or more) must either provide proof of enrollment in a medical insurance plan that meets the Commonwealth mandated guidelines or be automatically enrolled in a university-sponsored plan. Therefore, if you are a full-time or three-quarter time matriculating undergraduate or graduate student for the 2018-2019 Academic Year at Gordon College, you are required to have sufficient health insurance coverage while in attendance at the College.
To meet the requirements of Massachusetts law, Gordon College provides an insurance plan to its students. The student health insurance plan for the 2018-2019 policy year is through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. The cost to enroll for Fall semester is $1,889 for annual coverage period August 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019. The cost to enroll for new/transfer Spring semester is $1,104 from January 1, 2019 through July 31, 2019. The enrollment and waiver deadline for Fall semester is July 15, 2018 and the Spring semester deadline is January 15, 2019.
If you have comprehensive health insurance, you may have this fee removed from your college bill, by completing the online Waiver Form found at www.universityhealthplans.com.
When accessing the Waiver Form, you will be prompted “Are you a MassHealth Member (Massachusetts Medicaid Member)”. If you answer “Yes”, you will be directed to the SHIP Premium Assistance Program enrollment form. To learn more about this program, please go to www.universityhealthplans.com/MHPA/. If you answer “No”, please continue in completing your waiver form.
Please note that if your current coverage is terminated at any point during the remainder of this year, you will need to contact the school within 60 days so that you may be covered under Gordon’s health insurance plan.
A Waiver Form must be submitted each academic year. Please take into consideration if your Health Plan offers coverage in the Wenham/Greater Boston area before declining coverage. HMO plans based in states other than Massachusetts have a limited network and limited coverage.
To assist you in making an informed decision regarding your health insurance needs, here are some general questions to ask your current health plan to ensure that it provides adequate coverage:
If your current insurance plan meets the guidelines stated above, you should complete the on-line Waiver Form.
If you are enrolling in the school-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan, you should complete the online Enrollment Form to confirm your acceptance of the plan and expedite the processing of your insurance card.
For more information about the Student Health Insurance Plan, Summary of Benefits, or the Waiver/Enrollment process, please contact University Health Plans at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-437-6448.