The deadline to waive the SHBP for the Spring semester is 2/28/2021. To waive the SHBP, visit umass.edu/uhs/waiving-shbp. Note that the waiver process differs depending on whether you are a new, returning or international student.
Students taking five or more credits are automatically enrolled in the individual Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) each semester and charged on the semester's tuition bill. If you plan to use private health insurance instead of the SHBP, you must waive the SHBP by February 28, 2021. If you don't waive by the deadline, you'll remain enrolled in the SHBP, and charges will be assessed on the semester's tuition bills. Massachusetts requires college students to have comprehensive health insurance.
SHBP Coverage Dates and Costs for Fall 2020-Spring 2021.
Optional Enrollment. Information for those who are not automatically enrolled in the SHBP.
International Students: If you are an international student who waived the Student Health Plan for Fall semester and are no longer studying overseas, you will need to enroll in the Student Health plan. This can be done by accessing this link https://www.umass.edu/uhs/sites/default/files/documents/forms/HealthPlanEnrollment_180-094_July2014.pdf and completing the enrollment form. This completed form should be sent to email@example.com. All students are required to have comparable health insurance that is based out of the United States and covers visits at UHS and the immediate area.
About the SHBP
The SHBP offers coverage for the academic year through Wellfleet Student.
Enrollment is on a semester basis. If you are covered both semesters, that equals a full year of coverage.
The SHBP meets or exceeds state requirements for health insurance. UMass Amherst has elected to voluntarily configure plan benefits to comply with regulations issued by the federal Department of Health and Human Services as required by the Affordable Care Act for fully-insured student health insurance plans.
For complete plan details and information, visit Wellfleet Student.
It is imperative that all students have a copy of their insurance card(s). Many plans have separate prescription drug, eye care, flexible spending account (FSA) and/or health savings account (HSA) cards. You must have copies of all cards related to your plan. The backs of insurance cards are as important as the fronts – be sure you have copies of both sides!
Students who remain enrolled in the SHBP must print a new insurance card each academic year. You can access a copy of your cards by visiting wellfleetstudent.com, and selecting 'ID Cards' from the menu at the top. Enter your student ID number, (Example: 123456789) and your date of birth to obtain a printable version of your card. Please note that you must print a copy of your new card prior to medical appointments and using pharmacy. Your health plan information changes each academic year, therefore your old cards will not be sufficient.
If you receive prescription medications from a healthcare provider during times when the UHS Pharmacy is closed, bring your insurance card to the pharmacy on the next business day. The medications you received will be billed to your insurance plan. If you do not take this step, you'll be billed for medications received.