New England College of Optometry is pleased to announce that for the 2019-2020 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:
(8/26/19 – 8/25/20)
ASIP, AODP & MS/OD China
(5/1/20 – 8/25/20)
Deadlines to complete waiver and enrollment forms:
Annual Enrollment - August 2, 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.
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 2, 2019. To enroll, please click “Enrollment Form” on the left hand side of this page, complete all required information and then click submit.
WAIVER FORM: For all students who would like to waive out of the student health insurance plan, click “Waiver Form” on the left hand side of this page, complete all required information and then click submit. In order to be eligible for the waiver, a student must be currently insured by a US-based health insurance plan that provides you with comparable coverage to the student health insurance plan.
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:
Deadline to complete the annual waiver or enrollment form: August 2nd, 2019.
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 2nd will be automatically enrolled in the plan.
Insurance cards will be distrubtued directly to the students 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have specific questions regarding the benefits, please feel free to contact Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts at (888) 753-6615.
We are always looking to enhance your student experience while you work to achieve your academic and career goals. We recognize that the challenges students face are increasing in frequency and complexity.
To help provide appropriate resources when students are in need, we are partnering with WellConnect to offer you a Student Support Program. Please see Additional Information section for more information and details with how to acess services if you need. Note: everything is confidential.