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A&M University System Health Insurance Requirements
- All F-1 and J-1 international students are required to enroll in the Texas A&M University System Student Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP).
- The SSHIP is through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) of Texas, and Academic Health Plans (AHP) provides management and administrative services for A&M-Commerce.
- Students are automatically enrolled each semester and the insurance premium charge is placed on an international student’s account as a separate charge with their tuition and fees during the second week of classes.
- The ISSS does not set the cost of the insurance.
- The cost of the insurance is set by criteria and a bidding process at The Texas A&M University System. The SSHIP is for all Texas A&M University System universities.
About the A&M System Student Health Insurance Plan
- For general information about the System Student Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP), please review the ISSS SSHIP Frequently Asked Questions.
- Students also may find important information about the SSHIP by going to TAMUC MyAHPCare.
- BCBSTX 24/7 Nurseline
- Blue Access for Members
- Find a Doctor or Hospital
- Find a Pharmacy
- Summary of Benefits
- Tips for Using the SSHIP
Waiver of Health Insurance Guidelines
The Texas A&M University System has established the following circumstances in which an F-1 or J-1 international student can request a waiver of SSHIP and provide alternative health insurance coverage that is comparable to SSHIP.
- 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 is 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 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.
How to Apply for an SSIP Waiver
Only students who meet one of the A&M System-allowed exceptions on the Waiver Guidelines page may apply for a waiver.
Although a student may have alternate health insurance coverage, the student is not necessarily eligible for a waiver.
Please note the following:
- Students will need to allow Academic Health Plans (AHP) up to ten business days to process waiver requests
- It is your responsibility to provide any additional documents to AHP regarding your waiver request
- Failure to respond to any document request from AHP or failure to
- The ISSS will not review waiver requests
- Students who fail to submit a waiver by the deadline will be required to pay the SSHIP charge on their student account and no refunds will be issued for the student.
To submit a waiver, go to TAMUC Waiver Request.
- Students with a full-time assistantship that includes the Grad Plan insurance will need to submit the Assistantship Verification Form.
- Do not submit a waiver through the AHP website.
- The ISSS will use the information provided through the form to verify a student’s Grad Plan coverage.
- Graduate assistants with Grad Plan insurance do not submit waiver requests.
Health Insurance for F-2 Dependents
Students with F-2 dependents who would like enroll in the SSHIP may contact Academic Health Plans at AHP Contact Us. The SSHIP coverage does not include dependents and a separate enrollment form will need to be submitted.