University of Massachusetts Amherst

Health Insurance

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. You may find your own or use the UMass International Scholars Plan.

Scholars engaged in research or teaching can enroll in the AETNA student health plan for UMASS Scholars.  1-866-577-6806  To enroll download form and send with check or credit card to address on form. For details on the plan see the AETNA Scholar's Brochure If you are a department administrator and are paying AETNA directly please see instructions. NOTE: This plan will be permanently ending on 7/31/14.


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.

Compass Benefits Group  Email: jfleming@compassbenefits   Phone: 800-767-0169

HTH Worldwide Insurance Services -                                                       Email:
Phone: 877-424-4325

Seven Corners

TaiAnFinancial  Chinese:                                                               email:                         phone: 317-318-8259

Chinese Study Fellows

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.


If  your insurance plan does not offer the required component of Medical Evacuation and Repatriation of Remains. You MUST purchase a stand-alone Supplemental Plan for these two areas . One option is below:

Gateway Plans Administrator Marsh -

Phone: 1-877-808-7434