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Student Insurance 2022-2023

Ithaca College requires all matriculated undergraduate and graduate students to have health insurance. We are pleased to announce that for the 2022/23 academic year, Ithaca College has partnered with MVP Health Care to provide a plan with comprehensive coverage for IC students.

Important Information Pertaining to the Insurance Waiver

Until a student is registered for classes and the insurance charge is on their bill, the student cannot access the waiver form. Once a student is registered for classes and the insurance charge is posted, please call University Health Plans at 800-437-6448 to authenticate these steps have been taken and to gain access to the waiver form.

How do I get the school insurance?

Ithaca College has partnered with MVP Health Care to provide a student health plan with comprehensive coverage for students needing insurance protection. The Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) provides coverage from August 10, 2022 through August 9, 2023.

For students re-enrolling in the student health insurance plan, you must complete the online enrollment form by August 5, 2022 to ensure there is no interruption in your coverage.  For students choosing the student health insurance plan for the first time, you have until September 15, 2022 to enroll in the plan.  Please note, your coverage will not be effective until you complete the online enrollment form.  For students who do not want the student health insurance plan, you must complete the online waiver form before September 15, 2022.  Given the changes to the College’s student health services this year, families are strongly encouraged to review their insurance coverage prior to waiving the student health insurance plan.

If you have alternate health insurance coverage, you may be eligible to waive enrollment in the student health insurance plan.  Students who do not submit the online waiver form by the September 15, 2022, deadline will be automatically enrolled in the Ithaca College student health insurance plan and will be responsible for paying the annual premium amount of $2,713, which will be charged to your student account.  Submitting the online waiver form prior to the waiver deadline and having another qualifying health insurance plan is the only acceptable way to opt out of the Ithaca College student health insurance plan.

Find the waiver form AND the enrollment forms here
Main University Health Plans Ithaca College website.

What does the plan cost?

The charge for one full year of coverage from August 10, 2022 through August 9, 2023 is $2,713.00. The charge for Spring Term coverage from January 1, 2023 through August 9, 2023 is $1,583.00

I don't need or want the Ithaca College insurance? How do I get the charge for the insurance off my student account?

In order to ensure that all students have health insurance coverage, all student accounts will initially be charged for the plan. If you are a domestic student and wish to opt out of this plan and have the insurance charge removed from your account, you must visit University Health Plans website to submit the online waiver form and provide proof of current health insurance coverage prior to the September 15, 2022 waiver deadline. You will receive an email confirmation that you submitted the waiver, which we recommend you keep for your records.  Please allow up to 7-10 days for the waiver to be posted to your account.

If you are an INTERNATIONAL student or other non-U.S. resident, you are not allowed to waive the plan unless you are covered by an Embassy Sponsored Program or a U.S. based health insurance plan with equal or better coverage.  If this is the case, and you wish to opt out of the plan, you must visit University Health Plans website and print and submit the paper waiver form for international students.  Please note that the Ithaca College Student Health Insurance Plan meets J1/J2 visa requirements.

I'm an international student or a non-U.S. resident. What do I do? (all international forms are on paper- no online forms available)

If you are not covered by an Embassy Sponsored Program or comparable U.S. based health insurance plan, you are NOT allowed to waive. Please note that the Ithaca College Student Health Insurance Plan meets J1/J2 visa requirements. Please visit the University Health Plans website and submit the enrollment form for international students.

If you are covered by an Embassy Sponsored Program, or a U.S. based health insurance plan with equal or better coverage, you may go to https://www.universityhealthplans.com/pdf/Ithaca_IntlStudentWaiverForm-1920.pdf?20190801 to print and complete a paper waiver.

I'm covered by my family’s or spouse’s insurance plan. What do I do?

Ithaca College encourages you to compare the costs, coverage, and benefits of the student health insurance plan to those of your existing plan before making any decision about your health insurance.

Consider the following in making your decision:

  • Students with out of state HMO/PPO or Medicaid plans often incur higher charges when obtaining care outside of the plan’s local service area or network and access to local services in Ithaca may be limited or denied.
  • Some insurance plans, including out-of-state Medicaid Plans, only cover urgent or emergent care when care is obtained out of network or outside of the plan’s local service area.
  • Some plans do not cover outpatient referrals, or may only cover them after a high deductible or co-payment; this plan can help cover those expenses.
  • This plan includes coverage for preventive and well care services, has a low deductible, and a prescription plan.

Does Student Health Services need a copy of my insurance card?

If you do elect to waive coverage, we ask that you provide Ithaca College Student Health Services with a copy of your medical and prescription cards. Please present these documents in person or by emailing a photo copy to Student Health Services at healthcenter@ithaca.edu.

None of this was helpful. What do I do now?

Please call University Health Plans at 1-833-250-8996 for questions regarding the student health insurance plan.