Academic Blue, underwritten by BlueCross/BlueShield of Texas, is the Student Health Insurance Plan for all UH System components.
Academic HealthPlans is the third-party administrator for the UHS endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan.
Enrollment Information, Waivers, Address Changes, Insurance Policy Number Lookup
Academic HealthPlans, Inc. (AHP) is the third-party administrator that provides program management and administrative services for the UH System endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan.
AHP Customer Services
Benefits/Claims Information and ID Cards
AcademicBlue is the UH System endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan offered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX).
BCBSTX Customer Service
Students enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan are responsible only for payment of any applicable co-pays and ineligible expenses when services are rendered at the Student Health Center or Campus Pharmacy.
The Student Health Center and Campus Pharmacy will bill the insurance company for any eligible expenses for services rendered at the University’s Student Health Center and Campus Pharmacy. The insurance company will process claims per the terms of the Student Health Insurance Plan and pay the Student Health Center or Campus Pharmacy directly for approved claims. This is not a guarantee of payment. The remaining balance of unpaid billed charges will be transferred to the student’s university financial account.
Students enrolled in the UHS endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan are required to read and understand the policy’s coverage, exclusions and limitations. This information can be found in the plan’s brochure.
Services obtained outside the Student Health Center are subject to deductibles and co-insurance requirements for eligible expenses, and all other policy provisions/limitations.Blue Access for Members (BAM)
Undergraduate students attending the University of Houston who are enrolled in 6 or more credit hours (3 for summer sessions) 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 or voluntary international students may enroll directly through Academic Health Plans during the Open Enrollment Period each semester.Voluntary Enrollment
Dependent Coverage Options
Dependent coverage cannot be added to the Student Health Insurance Plan. Academic HealthPlans offers the following recommendations to those seeking dependent coverage or they use the services of an insurance company or broker of their choice.
If you are enrolled in the UH System endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan, you have the option to purchase dental coverage from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX).
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.
Health Insurance Notification Hold
All international students, regardless of their visa status, are required to read and acknowledge the University of Houston International Student Health Insurance Requirement each semester.
A HOLD is placed on your university account until you complete this acknowledgment.
The university identified you as an international student at the time the Health Insurance Notification hold was placed. A change in your international status does not automatically remove the hold.
The hold cannot be manually reversed.
Once your enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan has been activated and processed (approximately 3-5 business days after activation), you must register for your Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) Blue Access for MembersSM account using your BCBSTX member ID number.
Once registered, your Blue Access for Members account provides you with online secure access to find doctors, get an ID card, view claims and more.
Health Insurance Information for Recent Graduates
Students enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan who have graduated are eligible to continue their existing medical coverage by enrolling in a short-term Continuation of Coverage Plan. You will also qualify to enroll in an insurance plan through Healthcare.gov.
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.
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.
The University of Houston is unable to provide this document.