2018-2019 Policy Year

UMass Boston is pleased to announce that for the 2018-2019 Academic Year we have teamed up with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) to provide health insurance coverage for our students. Details about the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHP) can be found by selecting “Benefit Information” on the left-hand side of this page. The Annual SHP charge is $2,178 and is effective 8/1/18-7/31/19. The Spring SHP charge is $1,277, for NEW Spring students only, and is effective 1/1/19-7/31/19.

Massachusetts state law requires students enrolled in 75% of the full-time curriculum in any Massachusetts institution of higher education to participate in a school-sponsored qualifying SHP or an alternate health plan with comparable coverage. Students who are at least 75% of the full-time curriculum are automatically billed for the SHP. All other students should inquire as to their eligibility to purchase the insurance by contacting the Bursar’s Office at 617-287-5350.

Students may opt out of the SHP by completing the online waiver process through their WISER account, under Finances, indicating that they have health insurance that provides them with access to comprehensive care in the Boston area. Most students with out-of-state managed care plans or HMOs are not eligible to waive coverage as those types of plans do not provide students with access to non-emergent care in the Boston area. Additionally, please note that you cannot waive the Student Health Insurance Plan if you are currently covered by Mass Health Limited, Health Safety Net or Children’s Medical Security Plan.

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) and have the premium paid by MassHealth Premium Assistance. To see if you’re eligible, identify that you have MassHealth when prompted during the submission of your Waiver Form on your WISER System.

The deadline to waive the Annual Student Health Plan is October 1, 2018.

The deadline for NEW Spring students to waive the Spring Student Health Plan is March 1, 2019.

Please note that International Students are not allowed to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan unless covered under an embassy-sponsored plan, an acceptable US based insurance through a spouse, or covered under a Massachusetts Connector Plan with coverage for medical evacuation and repatriation.

Student Health Insurance Plan Contacts:

Insurance charge on bill or Enrollment/Waiver Process   Bursar’s Office
UMass Boston
Telephone: 617-287-5350
Request your insurance member ID, update your address, or ask general plan information   University Health Plans (UHP)
Telephone: 800-437-6448
Specific Questions Regarding Benefits after you have received your insurance ID card   Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Telephone: 888-753-6615
Questions or concerns regarding the Student Health Plan   University Health Services
Telephone: 617-287-5660

Delta Dental Plan for Students

Taking care of your teeth is as an important part of taking care of your health. Delta Dental offers UMass Boston students and their dependents a choice of two optional dental insurance plans (DeltaCare and Delta Dental PPO Plus Premier). Students may enroll in these plans on a VOLUNTARY basis; they are not required to have dental insurance.  You can view the options for dental insurance by selecting “Massachusetts Delta Dental Plans”, under Optional Plans, on the left hand side of this page.

Optional VSP Vision Insurance Plan for Students

Students may enroll in the VSP Vision Insurance Plan on a VOLUNTARY basis; they are not required to have vision insurance. You can view the option for vision insurance by selecting “VSP Vision Care Plan”, under Optional Plans, on the left hand side of this page.