Clark University
STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN

2021-2022 Academic Year

 

Dear Student:

In accordance with Massachusetts State Law, Clark University requires all matriculated full-time and three-quarter-time students to participate in the Student Health Insurance Plan unless proof of comprehensive comparable coverage under a policy filed and approved in the US is provided.

Students must either complete the Online Enrollment Form, to enroll in the Clark University Student Health Insurance Plan, or complete the Online Waiver Form and provide proof of comparable coverage. Only matriculated full-time and three-quarter-time students are eligible to purchase this plan.

Plan Highlights

The 2021-2022 Clark University Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. The plan is ACA compliant and includes access to Blue Cross Blue Shield's national PPO network of providers. Students do not have to select a primary care physician and referrals are not required. Plan benefits can be found in the left-hand side navigation column.

Cost and Coverage Periods

  Annual Students    New Spring Students  
Coverage Dates   8/15/21 - 8/14/22 1/1/22 - 8/14/22
Insurance Cost $2,188 $1,375
Waiver Deadline    October 8, 2021 December 20, 2021
 

Waiver/Enrollment Process

If you are covered by a comprehensive health insurance plan you can opt-out of the Clark University SHIP by completing the Waiver Formlocated in the left-hand side navigation menu. Before waiving, compare the cost, coverage, and benefits of the SHIP to your existing plan. Please consider the following:

  • Your plan must provide access to doctors, hospitals, labs, pharmacies, and behavioral health providers in the Clark University campus area. 
  • The policy must be a US health insurance plan that is filed and approved in the US and ACA (Affordable Care Act) compliant. Travel insurance and short-term limited duration plans are not accepted.
  • Out-of-state Medicaid and many out-of-state HMO or EPO plans do not provide out-of-network coverage. Urgent and/or emergency-only coverage does not meet the SHIP requirements. This is particularly a concern if you are insured through a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), such as Kaiser.
  • Please check with your insurance company on possible limitations before submitting a waiver form. Health insurance plans that do not reasonably provide access for all health services to the student in the Worcester, MA area are not eligible for a waiver.


For student who are new for Spring 2022, if you do not submit a Waiver Form by the waiver deadline on December 20, 2021 you will be enrolled in the SHIP and responsible for the premium. 

New Spring students that need coverage should enroll in the SHIP by completing the Enrollment Form located in the left-hand side navigation menu.  You must enroll in the plan to activate your coverage as of January 1, 2021. Students who waived the annual coverage but need to enroll please refer to the Qualifying Event Enrollment Process below. 

International Students

All international students will be automatically enrolled in the SHIP and do not need to take any action. Please contact University Health Plans at 833-251-1733 or info@univhealthplans.com if you are covered by a U.S. health insurance plan that meets all of the waiver requirements, above, to request the International Student Waiver Form. 

Please note, health insurance plans marketed solely to international students are often not filed in the U.S., have limited benefits and/or coverage periods that do not comply with the Massachusetts Student Health Plan Regulations and the Clark University waiver requirements. ISO, PSI, Student Medicover, and NYIS Insurance are examples of companies that do not meet the waiver requirements.

Qualifying Event Enrollment Process

Students who waived the SHIP may qualify for a special enrollment period if they incur an involuntary loss of other coverage. To request an enrollment form and premium quote, contact University Health Plans at 833-251-1733 or info@univhealthplans.com

To enroll, you must submit an enrollment form and a letter from your prior insurance company documenting your loss of coverage within 60 days of the qualifying event. The prorated premium will be added to your bill by Student Accounts.

OTHER IMPORTANT NOTICES

STUDENTS OUTSIDE THE U.S.: For the Spring 2022 semester, if you are remaining outside of the United States taking remote courses due to COVID-19 you may submit a waiver reporting you are remaining outside of the U.S. Clark will confirm you did not return to campus prior to processing. If you return to the U.S. during the semester you must contact University Health Plans at 833-251-1733 or info@univhealthplans.com to enroll in the SHIP. Students who reported they are outside the United States for Fall 2021 and will remain outside the United Stated for Spring 2022 must resubmit a request to waive, otherwise you will be enrolled. 

RETURNING STUDENTS: All students must submit a new waiver or enrollment form each policy year by the final deadline, even if their decision or information has not changed since last year. If you are covered by the SHIP and do not complete a new enrollment form by the deadline, your insurance will become temporarily inactive until your name is resubmitted and reprocessed. A form MUST be on file for EVERY policy year during which you are a full-time or three-quarter-time matriculated student.

MISSING THE WAIVER/ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: Fall 2021 students who do not complete a health insurance waiver/enrollment form by the deadline of July 23, 2021 (or New Spring 2022 students by the Decmeber 20, 2021 deadline), will be automatically enrolled in and charged for the Clark University SHIP in order for the University to be in compliance with Massachusetts Law. Students looking to waive will not be eligible for a refund for Student Insurance after the deadline of July 23, 2021 (Decmeber 20, 2021 for New Spring 2022 students).

Should you have any enrollment/eligibility questions, please contact University Health Plans at 833-251-1733 or info@univhealthplans.com. For questions about benefits and claims, please contact Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA at 888-753-6615.

Sincerely,

Student Accounts
Clark University