New England College of Optometry
STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN
2016-2017 Academic Year
New England College of Optometry is pleased to announce that for the 2016-2017 Academic Year we have teamed up with Blue Cross and Blue Shield to provide health insurance coverage for our students. All students enrolled at least ¾ 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, students who are registered for 9 or more credit hours are automatically billed for the Student Health Plan. To read the details on this law, click here.
Student Health Insurance Policy Period and Premium Rate:
(8/26/17 – 8/25/17)
Advanced Optometric Degree Program
(2/15/17 – 8/25/17)
Deadlines to complete waiver and enrollment forms:
Annual Enrollment - August 15, 2016
Advanced Optometric Degree Program – February 15, 2017
Please note the enrollment requirements for the following student types:
Canadian and International students:
ALL international students at New England College of Optometry are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance and do not need to take any action. You can only waive the student insurance plan if you are currently enrolled in an insurance plan through a U.S.-based company that meets or exceeds New England College of Optometry's student health insurance plan. If you are covered by an Embassy Sponsored Program or believe that you have adequate in country coverage, please contact University Health Plans at (800) 437-6448.
All domestic students enrolled at least ¾ 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, students who are registered for 9 or more credit hours are automatically billed for the Student Health Plan.
ENROLLMENT FORM: If you would like to enroll in the student health insurance plan, you will be automatically enrolled if you do not complete a waiver. However, we encourage you to complete this form if you want to expedite your Student Health Insurance enrollment process in order to receive your BCBS ID card sooner. To enroll, please click “Enrollment Form” on the left hand side of this page, complete all required information and then click submit.
WAIVER FORM: To waive the Student Health Insurance, click “Waiver Form” on the left hand side of this page, complete all required information and then click submit.
Please note: For waiving or enrolling purposes, your student ID number is a 5-digit number printed on your tuition bill.
If you are currently insured by a health insurance plan that provides you with comparable coverage to the Student Health Insurance Plan then you may waive enrollment. However, please note the following:
- Not all plans provide comprehensive coverage in the Boston area such as out-of-state Medicaid plans, and certain HMOs and managed care plans. Be sure to check with your insurance company before waiving.
- Mass Health is accepted, but Mass Health Limited, Health Safety Net, Husky Healthcare, and Children’s Medical Security Plans are not considered comparable to the Student Health Insurance Plan.
- If your comparable plan will end before 8/27/17, while you are in school, you must either enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan within 60 days of your other plan’s end date, or find comparable coverage elsewhere.
UHP is available to answer general insurance plan questions. To speak with a representative, please call (800) 437-6448 or send an email to email@example.com. If you have specific questions regarding the benefits, please feel free to contact Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts at (888) 753-6615.