Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act is a set of health insurance reforms that started in 2010 and will continue to roll out in 2014 and beyond.

Starting in 2014, most people must have health coverage or pay a fee (the “individual shared responsibility payment”). You can get an exemption in certain cases.


What are your options?

The STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN is endorsed by and designed especially for the University of Houston and meets the current requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Spring/Summer 2014 coverage period:
January 13, 2014-August 25, 2014

Health insurance plans that go into effect after January 1, 2014 are in compliance with the Affordable Care Act if you are insured for at least 9 months out of the year.

Domestic students, who are enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours during the Fall and Spring semesters (three (3) credit hours for Summer), are eligible to purchase the University endorsed policy.  Domestic students may enroll in the UH endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan now through February 13, 2014 for the Spring/Summer 2014 coverage period.

International Students, who are carrying credit hours will be automatically enrolled and charged for health insurance each semester to satisfy the University policy regarding maintaining acceptable health insurance coverage.

  • The Health Insurance Marketplace Plan
  • Medicaid and The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Plan