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All international students (any student that is not a U.S. citizen or an approved lawful permanent resident) are required to have the Texas A&M University System Student Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP). The plan is automatically charged to an international student’s tuition and fee statement.
International Student Services (ISS) does not determine the cost of this insurance. This plan is reviewed annually by System Benefits Administration. The cost is established based on plan design, plan participation and claim experience. This plan is available for students at A&M System universities. The System Student Health Insurance Regulation is located at http://policies.tamus.edu/26-99-01.pdf
Academic Health Plans (AHP) provides program management and administrative services for the student health plans of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.
To access AHP website for College Station and Galveston:
Texas A&M University – College Station
Texas A&M University – Galveston
Accessing Health Insurance ID Card
BAM Login information
Group Number: 117557
Member ID: Student Specific UIN#
The Texas A&M University System has established five circumstances in which an international student can request a waiver to the SSHIP and provide alternative health insurance coverage.
AHP will review ALL waiver requests. ISS will no longer review waiver requests. The waiver process for Spring 2015 will open December 08, 2014 and close on January 26, 2015. Waiver approvals by AHP for Spring 2015 are valid through Summer 2015. Waiver approvals by AHP does not include those who are enrolled in the Graduate Student Employee Plan, refer to Graduate Assistantships for this process.
What documentation is required to request a waiver?
To Apply for Health Insurance Waiver
To apply for a waiver you will need to do the following:
J-2 Dependent Insurance
All J2 dependents must have adequate health insurance at all times. The insurance requirements are established by the U.S. Department of State and the federal regulations. http://j1visa.state.gov/participants/how-to-apply/eligibility-and-fees/
During this transition period, J2 dependents are eligible to purchase the dependent insurance through AHP. However, if the J2 dependents prefer to show alternative health insurance coverage, then the coverage must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 02, 2015 for the Fall semester.
The alternative health insurance coverage must meet all the minimum benefit levels of the J regulations and include maternity and mental health coverage. To view the J minimum health insurance coverage click here
Academic HealthPlans, Inc.
3500 William D. Tate Ave.,
Suite 200 Grapevine,
877-624-7911 [Toll Free Customer Service Number]
817-479-2101 [Fax Number]
Health Insurance for Visitors & Tourists
International Student Services would like to recommend that anyone coming to visit you in the United States obtain health insurance specifically for their stay. Family or friends who come to visit you in the United States may or may not have sufficient medical insurance coverage from their home country that extends to the U.S.
Medical services in the U.S. are expensive and a trip to the emergency room or hospitalization can result in large bills for those who are uninsured or underinsured. Short-term insurance can be purchased in a variety of plan lengths specifically for tourists visiting the U.S. As you look at the information be sure that you choose the brochures for "visitors" to the U.S. Visitors should carefully check each plan to ensure that coverage would be sufficient in the event of an accident or illness. All insurance policies are different in their coverage, costs, and the percentage of your medical costs that will be reimbursed. COMPARE BEFORE YOU BUY ONE.
last updated: 16/2014
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