Wellesley College

2019-2020 Academic Year

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) COVID-19 Coverage Updates:

Effective March 6, 2020, BCBSMA is:

  • Covering the full cost of diagnostic tests for COVID-19. Students will have no copay, co-insurance or deductible for these tests.
  • Waiving co-pays for medically necessary COVID-19 treatment at doctor’s offices, emergency rooms, and urgent care centers.
  • Waiving co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles for telehealth benefits (Well Connection) for the screening, evaluation, diagnosis and/or suggested treatment of COVID-19. Telehealth offers convenience as well as the opportunity to avoid potential exposure to contagion. For additional information about telehealth benefits, please visit: https://myblue.bluecrossma.com/health-plan/well-connection 
  • Waiving copays, co-insurance and deductibles for COVID-19 related inpatient care at both in and out of network acute are facilities
  • Staffing a dedicated helpline (888-372-1970) for all COVID-19 related inquiries. 
  • Creating a dedicated webpage with up to date information on how BCBSMA is handeling COVID-19: https://home.bluecrossma.com/coronavirus

Wellesley College is pleased to announce that for the 2019-2020 Academic Year we have teamed up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBS) to provide health insurance coverage for our students. University Health Plans (UHP) will continue to administer the plan.

Per Massachusetts State Law, all students including Davis Scholars are required to enroll in the Wellesley College Student Health Insurance Plan or be covered by a health insurance plan with comparable coverage. To ensure compliance with Massachusetts law, Wellesley College students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the Student Health Plan. To read the details on this law, click here.

The Spring Student Health Insurance premium is $1,682 for the spring coverage period (1/1/20-8/14/20).

NOTE: Not all plans provide adequate coverage. If you are covered by your family’s insurance plan, we encourage you to compare the costs, coverage and benefits of the Student Health Insurance Plan to those of your existing plan before making a decision about your health insurance. Students with an out of area/out of state HMO, EPO or Medicaid should not waive as these types of plans do not provide coverage other than for emergency care when outside of the plan service area. Kaiser and Anthem BCBS are popular out of area plans that do not provide coverage in Massachusetts. For your benefit, a comparison worksheet has been provided for you below. Please review and complete the comparison to confirm your plan’s coverage prior to completing the waiver form.

Comparison Worksheet

The Wellesley College Student Health Insurance Plan includes a strong nationwide Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) network of providers. Highlights of the Student Health Insurance Plan include:

  • No Deductible
  • Office Visit Copay for Primary Care & Specialists $15
  • Emergency Room $50 per visit
  • Urgent Care Copay $15
  • Prescription Drug Copays $20 / $35 / $55
  • Lab and X-Ray Covered in Full
  • MRI, CT & PET Scans $50 for in network facilities

International Students cannot waive unless they are covered by a health insurance plan that is filed and approved in the United States, compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and provides coverage that is comparable to the Wellesley College Student Insurance Plan.

Should you choose NOT to waive the student health insurance plan, you will be mailed a wallet-sized insurance card once you are on campus. This card should be presented when you need medical services off campus. The annual health insurance charge is included in its entirety on your semester bill.

If you do not submit a waiver form by the deadline outlined below, you will automatically be enrolled in the College’s Student Health Insurance Plan and the cost of the health insurance premium will be billed to you.

Very specific information is necessary to complete the waiver form. Have your current insurance card available while completing the waiver form. Please read the Wellesley College Health Services Billing Policy before completing the waiver form. 

If you have questions regarding the Student Health Insurance Plan, please contact University Health Plans at info@univhealthplans.com or 800-437-6448 before submitting the waiver form by July 26, 2019.

The Spring Waiver Appeal Deadline is February 26, 2020.

Waiver Form