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Risk Strategies - University Health Plans

Montserrat College of Art

2024-2025 Academic Year


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

Plan Highlights

The 2024-2025 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.

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 info@univhealthplans.comFor 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 8/15/2024 - 8/14/2025 1/1/2025 - 8/14/2025
Insurance Cost $4,032 $2,511
Waiver Deadline July 15, 2024 February 15, 2025

Enrollment Process

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. 

Waiver Process

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:

  • Your plan must provide access to doctors, specialists, hospitals, labs, pharmacies, and mental health/behavioral health providers in the Montserrat campus area without restriction or limitation. Please note, if you are enrolled in an out-of-state Medicaid, HMO, or EPO your coverage may not be sufficient in Massachusetts. Many out-of-state plans do not provide comprehensive benefits outside of the home service area, and urgent or emergency-only coverage in Massachusetts is not sufficient and does not meet the SHIP waiver requirements. 
  • The policy must be filed and approved in the US and ACA (Affordable Care Act) compliant. International insurance plans, travel insurance, and short-term limited-duration plans are not accepted.

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.

International Students

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.