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Rochester Campus
2010-2011 Student Health Benefit Plan
for International Students

The University of Minnesota mandates all international students and their dependents to purchase the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) unless they are eligible for a waiver. At the time you arrive at the University of Minnesota, you will have your documents validated by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). You must enroll in the University-sponsored SHBP (or provide proof of coverage to waive the plan) at that time and remain enrolled until the date you leave the University. The combination of the SHBP coverage and the Student Services Fee coverage means most services at Boynton Health Service are no out-of-pocket cost to international students. Visit Boynton's Student Coverage page for more details about what services are available to you at Boynton Health Service.

Enrolling Dependents

To enroll dependents on the plan, the primary member must submit a Dependent Enrollment Add/Change Form. Eligible dependents include a spouse or same sex domestic partner and a child or children. Dependent enrollment is contingent upon the Office of Student Health Benefits verification of primary member enrollment. In order to enroll a same sex domestic partner, the primary member must also submit a Declaration of Domestic Partnership Form.

Plan Details

2010-2011 SHBP Enrollment Brochure with Quick Reference Chart (PDF)
2010-2011 Full Benefits Summary (PDF)

Health plan network and claims administration services for the Student Health Benefit Plan are provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN, giving you access to thousands of providers and hospitals in their worldwide network.

The cost of the Student Health Benefit Plan for the 2010-2011 academic year averages $155.00 per month. Plan members will see a charge of $930.00 on their University bill once at the beginning of fall semester and once at the beginning of spring semester. The coverage period for fall semester is August 26, 2010 to January 17, 2011, and the coverage period for spring semester is January 18 to August 24, 2011.

Before using your Student Health Benefit Plan coverage, please familiarize yourself with the Full Benefits Summary.

Health Plan Card

Students enrolled in the Student Health Benefit Plan will be mailed a health plan card from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota by the end of the sixth week of classes.

Cards are sent to the current U.S. mail address on record with the University. Please make sure your address is up-to-date through One Stop: Go to Quick Links > Student Records > Personal Information.

If you recently updated your address in One Stop and think your card may have been sent to your old address, please email your name, student ID number, and “I have updated my U.S. Mail address in One Stop and would like a new card sent to me.” to umshbo@umn.edu.

The Office of Student Health Benefits must receive confirmation from you that your U.S. Mail address is correct in One Stop before a new card can be issued.

Before using your Student Health Benefit Plan coverage, please familiarize yourself with the information found under Plan Details.

Waiving the Plan

If you are covered by either of the following, you will not be required to purchase the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan.

In order to waive the University-sponsored SHBP, submit the following to the Office of Student Health Benefits in person, by mail, or by fax before the registration deadline (this date is listed on the One Stop website):

Emergency Travel Assistance Program

Plan members and their dependents traveling 100 or more miles away from home and outside of their home country, have emergency medical, travel, and personal security assistance 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world, through MEDEX, a leading provider of international travel assistance services. From finding an English-speaking doctor to replacing a prescription, MEDEX has the resources and experience to offer rapid coordination and monitoring of medical care while students are abroad.

Medical Services Available
- 24-hour worldwide medical referrals
- Medical evacuations and repatriation of mortal remains
- Verification of insurance coverage to facilitate hospital admission

Personal and Travel Services Available
- Assistance with lost or stolen travel documents (i.e. passport)
- Emergency language interpretation services
- Emergency cash advance

MEDEX Information Sheet (PDF)
MEDEX Member Website
MEDEX ID Card (267K, PDF)
MEDEX Assistance 1-800-527-0218

 

Student Notices

10/31/11 Email: AHC-SHBP Plan Welcome
02/04/11 Email: Appeal for Termination
01/19/11 Email: Spring SHBP Welcome
09/16/10 Email: Fall SHBP Welcome
12/14/10 Email: Emergency travel assistance

Contact Us

Eligibility Questions
Office of Student Health Benefits
University of Minnesota
410 Church Street S.E., N323
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-0627 or 1-800-232-9017
Fax: 612-626-5183 or 1-800-624-9881
E-mail: umshbo@umn.edu

Coverage Questions
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Phone: 651-662-5004 or 1-866-870-0348
Website

On-Campus Health Care Questions
UMR Student Health Services
Website

Emergency Travel Assistance Questions
FrontierMEDEX
Phone: 1-800-527-0218
E-mail: info@medexassist.com
FrontierMEDEX Member Website

Coverage Dates

Academic Year 2010-2011
Term
Dates
Fall
8/26/2010 - 1/17/2011
Spring
1/18/2011 - 8/24/2011
Summer
5/23/2011 - 8/24/2011

Cost of Coverage

Academic Year 2010-2011
Coverage for
Cost
Student
$930.00/semester
Spouse/SSDP*
$1,200.00/semester
One child
$912.00/semester
Two or more children
$1,224.00/semester
Summer 2011
Coverage for
Cost
Student
$474.00
Spouse/SSDP*
$612.00
One child
$465.00
Two or more children
$624.00

* spouse or same-sex domestic partner

 

Additional Forms

Student Info Release Authorization Form (PDF)

Learning Abroad

Students participating in a Learning Abroad experience who were enrolled in the Student Health Benefit Plan the previous term will automatically be enrolled in the Student Health Benefit Plan for the term of their Learning Abroad experience unless they submit and are approved for a waiver.

To request a waiver from the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan, submit a Waiver Request Form for Students Learning Abroad to the Office of Student Health Benefits along with verifiable proof of other health plan coverage (e.g. a copy of your health plan card). (Please note: CISI insurance for Education Abroad is not eligible for a waiver. You are only eligible for the waiver if your insurance situation has changed since last semester and you are now enrolled on other comparable coverage.) All eligible students must complete the waiver request process by the Twin Cities campus class registration deadline.

Most students participating in a Learning Abroad experience do not pay the Student Services Fee during their term abroad and thus will not have access to Student Services Fee benefits at Boynton Health Service.

Regular international student waiver guidelines apply.