The United States Information Agency (USIA) has mandated, via federal regulations, that all Exchange Visitors holding the J-1 visa maintain health insurance coverage for themselves and their dependents. Maintaining health insurance is a condition of your J-1 visa status. The coverage must meet the US State Department guidelines which were sent to you with your visa application. If UMass or your sponsoring agency is not providing health insurance, you must purchase your own.
Employees in positions represented by the Postdoctoral Researcher Organizing (PRO) bargaining unit are eligible for health insurance coverage through the Health New England / PD (HNE/PD) plan.
Below are some plan options. UMASS is not responsible for these plans. University Health Services does not support any of these plans.
Chinese Study Fellows https://www.uhcsr.com/chineseservicecenter
HTH Worldwide Insurance Services - https://www.hthtravelinsurance.com/students_plans.cfm Email: customerservice[at]hthworldwide[dot]com
It is the scholar's responsibility to get details about the plan they choose. It is important to know whether you will need to pay first and then get reimbursed (this can be very costly) and what doctors or hospitals will accept the insurance plan you choose. Most of these plans do NOT cover prior health problems (pre-existing conditions). They are travel/ accident insurance and offer minimal coverage and sometimes large deductibles. Call customer service to find out what medical offices accept your plan.
Health Connector MAhealthconnector.org 1-877-623-6765 You can request to speak to someone in your native language. This is a comprehensive health plan that covers all health issues including pre-existing.
MASS Health 413-582-2848 or you can send email to miriam_jusino[at]cooley-dickinson[dot]org to see if you are eligible for this plan.
MEDICAL EVACUATION AND REPATRIATION IS AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE TO ALL SCHOLARS VISITING UMASS (PAID AND UNPAID). IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO ENROLL OR COMPLETE AN APPLICATION.