Change in Student Health Insurance Plan:
The University of Houston System has made the decision that a change in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is necessary beginning the 2018-2019 Academic Year. United Healthcare (Student Resources) will be the new Student Health Insurance Plan for all UH System components. United HealthCare presented a plan that offers an annual premium cost that is less than the annual renewal rate requested by the current SHIP provider. Academic HealthPlans will continue as the insurance administrator.
Benefits, Enrollment and Waiver information will be available at My AHP Care beginning May 1, 2018.
Sickness is expensive in terms of time and money. The University strongly encourages all students to carry health insurance. The student health insurance plan is endorsed by and designed especially for the University of Houston.
The University of Houston Health Center accepts only the University endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan. For services rendered at the University Health Center, you are responsible only for payment of any applicable co-pays and ineligible expenses for services rendered at the Health Center. The University Health Center will bill the insurance company for any eligible expenses. Services obtained outside the Health Center are subject to deductibles and co-insurance requirements for eligible expenses, and all other policy provisions/limitations.
Why should you buy Student Insurance/Understanding Care Coverage:
Tips for using your coverage/Your care coverage explained:
Undergraduate students attending the University of Houston who are enrolled in 6 or more credit hours (3 for summer session) are eligible to enroll for coverage in the UH endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan within the posted open enrollment time period.
Graduate students attending the University of Houston who are enrolled in 3 or more credit hours are eligible to enroll for coverage in the UH endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan within the posted open enrollment time period.
Eligible domestic students may enroll directly through Academic Health Plans during the Open Enrollment Period each semester.
International students with “F” or “J” visa status are required to be covered under the UHS Student Health Insurance Plan or have equivalent health insurance coverage, regardless of the number of credit hours taken. At the time of registration, the student will automatically be enrolled in the mandatory UHS-endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) and will be charged for the coverage period on their student financial account.
Health Insurance Notification
All international students are required to read and acknowledge the University of Houston International Student Health Insurance Requirement each semester.
How To Obtain Insurance ID Card
University of Houston Student Health Insurance ID card can be obtained online by accessing the Blue Access for Members (BAM) site.
- A new insurance ID card will not be sent out each Academic Year.
- A student must review their insurance account and submit a request to receive an insurance ID card.
Health Insurance Information for Recent Graduates
Continuation of Coverage
Students enrolled in the University of Houston System (UH) Student Health Insurance Plan are eligible for CONTINUATION OF COVERAGE. Continuation of Coverage is only available to Insured Students no longer eligible for coverage under the UH Student Health Insurance Plan. Contact Academic HealthPlans Customer Service at 1-855-824-9683 or online at My AHP Care for more information.
Letter of Creditable Coverage
A letter (or certificate) of Creditable Coverage is a document provided by the insurance carrier that includes the insured member’s name and the coverage effective/cancelation dates.
Students enrolled in the UHS endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) may request this letter directly from Academic HealthPlans. Requests should be sent via email to email@example.com and include the member’s full name and university ID number.
The University of Houston is unable to provide this document.
Questions: Contact Academic HealthPlans Customer Service at 1-855-824-9683 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specialty Physician Search
Students enrolled in the UH endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan have the ability to search for a Specialty Physician or Facility using their computer or mobile device.
Students enrolled in the UH endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan should read and understand the policy’s coverage. This information can be found in the plan’s brochure.
- Carry your insurance card at all times. The information on your insurance card will be needed in the event you have a medical emergency or use an outside provider.
- Know your after-hour and emergency options before you need it.
- Keep a copy of all documentation for claim submission. You will need to submit a copy of the referral (if applicable) and all documentation with your referral.
- Contact Insurance Administrator with any questions about coverage, providers, claims and ID cards. The contact information is listed on your insurance card and online.
|Academic HealthPlans Customer Service
Questions about the Student Health Insurance Plan: Enrollment, Coverage, Waivers, etc.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Customer Service
How to Register/Login for Blue Access for Members (BAM) - Online Secure Access - Find doctors, get an ID card, view claims and more.
|UH Health Center Student Health Insurance Office