Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) COVID-19 Coverage Updates:
Effective March 7, 2020, BCBSMA is:
Massachusetts State Law G.L. c.15A, ß 18 requires that all full-time and 3⁄4 time students (nine or more credits for Undergraduate students, 6.75 or more credits for Post Baccalaureate and Graduate students) attending an institution of higher education in the state must be enrolled in a Student Health Insurance Program that meets established minimum benefit guidelines. Westfield State University (WSU) is lawfully mandated to provide the proper measures and to ensure that students will meet this requirement.
The Division of Health Care Finance and Policy's (Division) regulation implements the student health requirement and sets forth the minimum benefit levels and required services for a Student Health Program (SHP). The regulation also establishes the criteria by which a school may waive a student's participation in SHP upon demonstration of comparable insurance coverage.
An eligible student who is not covered by a qualifying health insurance program may obtain coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield Student Health Insurance Plan, which is an alternative program arranged by the University and administered through University Health Plans, Inc. Please click on Benefit Information on left hand side menu of this page for specific information regarding health benefits.
All undergraduate Day School students and Division of Graduate & Continuing Education (DGCE) students (who are required to have health insurance), will be billed $3,444 on the fall tuition bill. The fall policy is in effect from August 1, 2019 until July 31, 2020. The premium for the spring only plan for new incoming spring students is $2,016 and is effective January 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020. All eligible students will need to either enroll in or waive the Westfield State Health Insurance Plan insurance online at www.universityhealthplans.com. Please complete the following steps:
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, select the Waiver Form link and follow the prompts.
The deadline to waive or enroll in the fall insurance is September 30, 2019 and for the spring insurance is February 28, 2020. An eligible student who wants coverage must complete the online enrollment and will be charged for coverage. If the enrollment form is not submitted by the deadline, the student’s account will be put on hold until the enrollment form is completed. Student’s name will not be submitted to Blue Cross Blue Shield until the form and payment is completed. Once the student is enrolled, there will be no refunds.
Please note, all full time day students not enrolled in the Westfield State University Student Health Insurance Plan will still be eligible for care provided by Health Services regardless of their Health Insurance carrier.
University Health Plans also offers the opportunity to enroll in a dental and vision plan on a VOLUNTARY basis but it is not required insurance. To learn more about these optional plans, please select one of these plans on the left hand side menu.
For more information about the student health insurance program, please contact University Health Plans via email email@example.com or call 1-800-437-6448.