Health Insurance Information - International Students (F1 and J1 Visa Status)

Temple University requires all international students in Non-immigrant Student (F1 or J1) status maintain health insurance that meets certain minimum standards as determined by the United States Department of State.

The minimum health insurance coverage as determined by the Department of State is as follows:

You have the following options for insurance:
  • Waive coverage by electing not to enroll in a University sponsored plan and provide certification of outside health insurance by completing a Certification of Outside Health Insurance form on TUPortal
Open Enrollment Period Coverage Effective Coverage Period Monthly Premium (Bill) Due
January - February January 1, 2017 8 Months 1st of the Month
August - September September 1, 2017 12 months 1st of the Month

Blue Cross Monthly Premiums
If you enroll in a Blue Cross plan, a monthly bill will be mailed directly to the address you provided during the enrollment process. You are responsible for paying this premium directly to Independence Blue Cross (IBC). Contact IBC at 1-888-516-8309 if you have any questions.

Health Insurance Requirement
You MUST either enroll in one of the University sponsored plans or complete a waiver form during the open the enrollment period. Failure to complete this requirement will result in an automatic enrollment in the University sponsored Basic Personal Choice plan and you will be responsible for the monthly premiums of $255.39 payable to Independence Blue Cross.

New Students Spring 2017
New spring semester students not registered in the fall of 2016 – you will be will be responsible for the monthly premiums of $255.39 payable to Independence Blue Cross effective January 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017 if you do not meet the Health Insurance Requirement by February 28, 2017.

Fall 2016 & Spring 2017
Students registered for both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017- if you did not meet the Health Insurance Requirement during the fall open enrollment you were automatically enrolled in the University sponsored Basic Personal Choice plan and are responsible for the monthly premiums of $255.39 payable to Independence Blue Cross effective September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2017.  

Lose of Coverage
If you lose your non-Temple University medical coverage for any reason, you MUST contact our office immediately to obtain coverage. For our contact information, click here.

This policy will automatically end effective August 31, 2017. You MUST re-enroll via the Blue Cross portal each September in order to continue your insurance coverage.

Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Insurance
All international students are automatically enrolled in the medical evacuation and repatriation insurance provided through United Healthcare Global.

Students registered for both fall 2016 and spring 2017 are enrolled for the period of September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2017.  
New students registered for the spring of 2017 are enrolled for the period of January 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017. 

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Updated: 01/11/2017
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