Wheelock College is pleased to continue to provide health insurance coverage for our students with Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Due to the rising cost of health insurance, please review the Summary of Benefits carefully as many benefits have changed for the 2017-2018 plan year.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires undergraduate and graduate students, enrolled three-quarters time or more to participate in a qualified student health insurance plan.
Wheelock College is obligated by law to provide the proper measures and to ensure that students will meet this requirement.
Any student that is not covered by a qualifying health insurance program may obtain coverage through the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Student Health Insurance Plan, which is an alternative program arranged by the College and administered through University Health Plans, Inc. Please read the summary of benefits provided for specific information regarding coverage.
All undergraduate students enrolled in 9 or more credits and all graduate students enrolled in 7 or more credits are automatically billed the annual premium for the health insurance, which is included as part of the tuition.
If a student is covered by a qualified health insurance program, the student MUST waive the coverage offered by Wheelock College, either online or by contacting the Health Insurance Coordinator. To waive the insurance, proof of alternate health coverage is required.
If you are covered by MassHealth (other than Health Safety Net, MassHealth Limited or Children's Medical Security Plan), you may be eligible to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) at no cost to you and have the premium paid by MassHealth. The MassHealth Premium Assistance Program for eligible students is mandatory. If you are eligible for Premium Assistance, then you are expected to complete the process through your waiver form. If you fail to complete the form and therefore not enroll in the SHIP you may lose your MassHealth benefits. To see if you're eligible, identify that you have MassHealth when prompted during the submission of your waiver form. To learn more about the program, select the "FAQs" and "Coordination of Benefits" links under the "SHIP Premium Assistance for MassHealth Members" from the left navigation menu on this page.
The deadline to waive the annual insurance is January 10, 2018. If a waiver form is not submitted by January 10, 2018, the student will automatically be enrolled in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Student Health Insurance Plan. There will be no refunds.
For more information about the Student Health Insurance Program, please contact University Health Plans at 800-437-6448.
For questions regarding the health insurance premium, contact the Student Accounts office at 617-879-2236.