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ΘνΓΓΙη Student Health Insurance

ΘνΓΓΙη requires full-time, on-campus students to maintain health insurance during the academic year. Health insurance promotes student well-being, provides protection against unexpected medical care costs and ensures the health of individual students and the campus community.

ΘνΓΓΙη offers a fully insured student health insurance plan β€” the University Health Plan (UHP) β€” in collaboration with Aetna Student Health.  

The University assesses a default fee for ΘνΓΓΙη Student Health Insurance (UHP) coverage to all full-time, on-campus students. Students must either enroll or waive the ΘνΓΓΙη Student Health Insurance (UHP) coverage and its related charges by submitting a waiver request with proof of other coverage that meets ΘνΓΓΙη waiver criteria.

Enrollment and waiver requests must be submitted through and will not be accepted after the last day of a semester’s open enrollment period. Throughout open enrollment periods, reminders regarding the need to enroll or waive will be sent to students’ ΘνΓΓΙη email addresses. 

The Aetna website is currently open for the summer 2024 open enrollment period. The website is scheduled to be open until Friday, June 7. The summer 2024 open enrollment period will officially end on Sunday, June 30.

This guide (PDF) provides instructions for requesting waivers or enrollment for summer 2024.

In mid-June 2024, the Aetna website will be configured to accept fall 2024 waivers and enrollment for coverage start dates of July 1, 2024, August 1, 2024, August 15, 2024, etc.

If you need assistance, please call the UHP Office at 314-977-5666 or email uhp@health.slu.edu.

Open Enrollment Periods

  • Fall: July 1 through Sept. 30
  • Spring: Dec. 1 through Feb. 14
  • Summer: May 1 through June 30

Dates are subject to change.

Waiving ΘνΓΓΙη Student Health Insurance (UHP) 

The ΘνΓΓΙη Student Health Insurance (UHP) is designed to meet the needs of our students while on campus or at home. If a student waives the coverage, they must confirm their plan meets specific criteria.

The ΘνΓΓΙη Student Health Center collaborates with SSM ΘνΓΓΙηCare physicians, a local network of physicians affiliated with ΘνΓΓΙη. Confirm whether your plan is contracted with the SSM ΘνΓΓΙηCare Physician Group (Tax ID# 88-0988603) to ensure access to Student Health Center services.

You must have your insurance information available when you submit waiver requests, as you will be asked detailed questions about your existing coverage. You’ll also be able to upload a picture of your insurance card.

Use your full nine-digit Banner ID (including zeros) when using the Aetna site.

If you waive in the fall term, you will not need to waive again in the spring.

The deadline to waive (or enroll) in the UHP is Sept. 30 for the fall term, Feb. 14 for the spring term and June 30 for the summer term.  Students required to carry coverage who have not waived by these deadlines will be automatically enrolled in the UHP and responsible for related charges.

Waiver Criteria

Due to their limited coverage offerings, international travel plans or plans that only offer catastrophic/emergency coverage will not meet the ΘνΓΓΙη waiver criteria. 

Due to geographic coverage restrictions and limitations, out-of-state Medicaid plans will not meet the ΘνΓΓΙη waiver criteria (exceptions: Illinois Molina, Meridian and Blue Cross Community Health Plans).

Beginning with the Spring 2025 Open Enrollment Period, coverage under health insurance plans without a U.S. claim address and U.S. operational phone numbers (i.e. TATA AIG, Bajaj Allianz or ICICI Lombard) will not be accepted for waivers as these plans are not recognized by the vast majority of U.S. health care providers.

Waiver requests must meet the following criteria depending on the status as domestic or international students.  

Domestic Students 
  • Plan must be active and maintained for the student’s academic year.
  • Plan must have unlimited annual and lifetime benefits (i.e. no policy maximum) as per Affordable Care Act (ACA) guidelines.
  • Plan must cover inpatient and outpatient medical care within the St. Louis area.
  • Plan must cover inpatient and outpatient mental health and alcohol abuse care within the St. Louis area.
  • Plan must provide coverage for prescription drugs within the St. Louis area.
International Students 
  • Plan must be active and maintained for the student’s academic year.
  • Plan must have an individual deductible that is $500 or less per policy year.
  • Plan must have at least $25,000 coverage for repatriation, which provides transportation to the student's home country in the event of death.
  • Plan must have at least $50,000 in emergency medical evacuation coverage, which covers emergency transportation to the nearest, most qualified treatment facility.
  • Plan must include inpatient and outpatient medical care within the St. Louis area.
  • Plan must include inpatient and outpatient mental health and alcohol abuse care within the St. Louis area.
  • Plan must include coverage for prescription drugs within the St. Louis area.

 

Enrolling in ΘνΓΓΙη Student Health Insurance (UHP)

Find more detailed information about the University Health Plan, policy information, medical and prescription drug benefit summaries, provider directories, and policies at . You can also call Aetna Customer Service at 1-877-381-3544 with specific questions.

Students may remain on the plan through the summer if they have active ΘνΓΓΙη enrollment status in the spring and will again in the fall. Summer coverage is generally not required for domestic students.  

All international students, scholars and their dependents must have adequate health insurance for the duration of their stay in the United States.

NCAA athletes should consult with the Department of Athletics regarding summer coverage requirements.

Students with active ΘνΓΓΙη enrollment status are eligible to enroll in the plan.  Off-campus students and part-time students are encouraged to have health insurance coverage, but it is not required. Call the UHP Office at 314-977-5666 or uhp@health.slu.edu to find out if you are eligible to enroll voluntarily.

Students who are accepting health insurance support awarded with a graduate assistantship must enroll in coverage through the Aetna website (not Workday): . See frequently asked questions relating to the enrollment or waiver process for graduate assistants.

If you need additional coverage after graduation, call the UHP Office at 314-977-5666 or uhp@health.slu.edu to receive information about optional three-month Student Continuation Coverage.

You must be registered in classes as a full-time student in order for Aetna's website to recognize you. Once registered, allow three business days for student data to be loaded into the Aetna Student Health webpage.

Qualifying Life Events

No enrollment changes can be made outside of the open enrollment period and waiver requests will not be accepted after the respective open enrollment period deadline. Students with active ΘνΓΓΙη enrollment status are allowed special enrollment periods when qualifying life events such as marriage, birth, adoption or loss of other coverage occur.  

Call the UHP Office at 314-977-5666 or uhp@health.slu.edu for qualifying life events enrollment support.

Students must formally request enrollment changes within 31 days of the qualifying life event date.