All students enrolled at least 3/4 time are required by Massachusetts State law to enroll in the Student Health Insurance or be covered by a health insurance plan with comparable coverage. To ensure compliance with Massachusetts law, all students registered for 9 or more credits are automatically billed for the Student Health Insurance Plan. To read the details of this law, click here.
The 2023-2024 Montserrat College of Art 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.
With the rising costs of healthcare and increased utilization of the Montserrat College of Art student health plan, the following plan changes have been made to keep the insurance premium and the plan a viable option for all students.
The plan design changes can have a significant impact on out-of-pocket costs. Before enrolling, we encourage students to compare all other insurance options. The Massachusetts Health Connector offers information for Massachusetts residents about the online marketplace where you can compare and purchase insurance plans. You may be eligible for a Subsidized Health Plan (a low-or-no-cost insurance program for qualifying uninsured adults).
Montserrat College of Art has partnered with University Health Plans to administer the plan and help with waiver, enrollment, or benefit-related questions. University Health Plans can be reached at 833-251-1255 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For specific benefit questions or claims, students should contact Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts at 888-753-6615.
Cost and Coverage Periods
|Annual Students||NEW Spring Students|
|Coverage Dates||8/15/2023 - 8/14/2024||1/1/2024 - 8/14/2024|
|Waiver Deadline||October 18, 2023||February 15, 2024|
Students who wish to enroll in the Montserrat College of Art student health insurance plan do not need to take any action and will be automatically enrolled by the College.
If you are covered by a comprehensive health insurance plan you can opt out of the Montserrat College of Art SHIP by completing the waiver form, located 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:
Students who do not submit an enrollment or waiver form by the deadline will be enrolled in the SHIP retroactively to the policy effective date and responsible for the insurance premium.
All international students must accept the SHIP unless they have a special exception by proving they have a US-based insurance plan that is comparable to the SHIP.
Please note, health insurance plans marketed solely to international students are often not filed in the U.S. and have limited benefits and/or coverage periods that do not comply with the Massachusetts Student Health Plan Regulations and the Montserrat College of Art 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 special enrollment rights if they incur an involuntary loss of other coverage. The Qualifying Event enrollment form is located on the left side navigation menu under the Student Health Plan header.
To enroll, you must submit an enrollment form, a letter from your prior insurance company documenting your loss of coverage, and payment within 60 days of the qualifying event. If all items are received by the deadline coverage will be effective as of the first day without coverage under your prior plan.