New England College of Optometry
STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN

2018-2019 Academic Year

New England College of Optometry is pleased to announce that for the 2017-2018 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:

Annual Plan

(8/26/18 – 8/25/19)

 Advanced Optometric Degree

(2/15/19– 8/25/19)

 ASIP & Cert. of Advanced Optometric

(5/1/19 – 8/25/19)

$1,754

$953

$588

Deadlines to complete waiver and enrollment forms: 

Annual Enrollment -  August 22, 2018

Advanced Optometric Degree Program - February 15, 2019
 

ASIP and Certificate of Advanced Optometric Education Program - April 25, 2019

 

Please note the enrollment requirements for the following student types:

International Students (including Canadian and other non-US Residents):
ALL international students at New England College of Optometry are required to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan. 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.

US Residents:
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: For all students who will enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan, please complete the enrollment form at www.universityhealthplans.com/NECO by August 22nd. 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.

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.

Deadline to complete the annual waiver or enrollment form: August 22nd, 2018.

Please note: For waiving or enrolling purposes, your student ID number is a 5-digit number printed on your tuition bill. Any student who does not waive out of the plan by August 22nd will be automatically enrolled in the plan.

Insurance cards will be distrubtued at the school in September.

UHP is available to answer general insurance plan questions. To speak with a representative, please call (800) 437-6448 or send an email to info@univhealthplans.com. If you have specific questions regarding the benefits, please feel free to contact Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts at (888) 753-6615.