International Student Health Insurance Plan
All international students (any student that is not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident) are required to have the Texas A&M University System Student Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP). The plan is automatically charged to an international student’s tuition and fee statement. Students may only request a waiver of SSHIP in certain circumstances and provide alternative health insurance coverage. See the waiver process section for more details about how to request a waiver.
Academic Health Plans (AHP) provides program management and administrative services for the student health plans of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. You may access the AHP Texas A&M University-Kingsvile website here:
International Student Services does not set the cost of the SSHIP. The plan is reviewed by System Benefits Administration and the cost is established based on plan design, plan participation and claim experience. The SSHIP is the same for all Texas A&M University system universities. The System Student Health Insurance Regulation can be seen here:
Student Health Insurance Regulation Statement
The Texas A&M University System has established five circumstances in which an international student can request a waiver to the SSHIP and provide alternative health insurance coverage.
- Student is sponsored by the United States government
- Student is sponsored by a foreign government recognized by the United States or certain international, government-sponsored or non-governmental organizations, and covered under a health plan that is compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the health plan does not include medical evacuation and repatriation, a rider must be purchased providing coverage at equal limits to the SSHIP;
- Student is enrolled in an employer-provided group health plan that is compliant with the ACA. If the health plan does not include medical evacuation and repatriation, a rider must be purchased providing coverage at equal limits to the SSHIP;
- Student is enrolled in only distance learning programs; or
- Student is involved in intercollegiate athletics and coverage for all medical insurance is provided through a policy as part of the current sports accident medical policy approved by System Risk Management.
International Student Services cannot review alternative health insurance plans for students. Academic Health Plans will review ALL waiver requests.
The waiver process for Fall 2014 will open on August 1, 2014 and close on September 10, 2014. Waivers approved by AHP for Fall 2014 will be valid for the entire academic year. There will be no need to re-submit a waiver request for the Spring term.
What documentation is required to request a waiver?
1. A copy of your insurance policy with schedule of benefits and exclusion of benefits.
2. Enrollment Proof (front and back of insurance ID card, along with start and end date of policy.
Once the waiver and proof of documentation is received by AHP, you will be notified via email within 7-10 business days of the status of your waiver request. It may take up to 10-20 business days once the waiver is approved to process a refund to your student account, if needed. If your tuition bill is due before your waiver application is processed, please be sure to pay the fee. If your waiver is approved, the refund will be processed at a later date.
To apply for a waiver you will need to do the following:
- Have a scanned copy of your insurance card and policy benefit pages including exclusions as well as your school ID ready.
- Go http://tamuk.myahpcare.com/waiver
- If your plan meets the TAMU waiver criteria, click the button on the bottom of waiver criteria page.
- If you are new to the Waiver System, click on the "New Student Registration" link and you will be asked to enter your demographic information and to select a password. Select the ‘Register’ button when done. Go to step #7 below.
- If you have previously created your account select the ‘Student Login’ link in the upper right corner of this page.
- On the Login page, enter your student ID number (KID) and password you previously selected.
- Then on the next page, click the link under the heading "Submit Waivers" (on the right hand side of the page).
- Complete the waiver form and attach copies of your scanned insurance documents.
- Select the ‘Submit Waiver’ button.
For additional information or assistance please contact Academic HealthPlans Customer Service at 877-624-7911.
- Current Graduate Student Employees - If you are a current graduate student employee and you are currently enrolled in the graduate student health plan and your assistantship will continue for Fall 2014, your coverage will continue automatically for the Fall semester. You are not required to apply for a waiver of SSHIP.
- Current Graduate Student Employees in a Leave Without Pay Status - If you are a current graduate student employee placed in a leave without pay status, and will be returning to work, contact your hiring department as soon as possible to make sure that your benefits are reinstated by September 10, 2014 with an effective date of coverage no later than September 1, 2014. You are not required to apply for a waiver of SSHIP.
- Current Graduate Student Employees with effective date of coverage after 9/1 – If your benefits begin after September 1, 2014, you will be autobilled for Fall 2014. If it has been determined that you are due a refund, AHP will process these in the form of a check. You may update your address online through Academic HealthPlans. Refunds will be issued at the end of the policy term.
Academic HealthPlans Contact Information
Academic HealthPlans, Inc.
3500 William D. Tate Ave., Suite 200
Grapevine, TX 76051
877-624-7911 [Toll Free Customer Service Number]
817-479-2101 [Fax Number]
This page was last updated on: July 31, 2014