We are writing to notify you of some changes to the University’s health insurance plan and policies that will affect you next year, the 2015-16 academic year. In accordance with the national Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the University will offer a new, comprehensive student health insurance plan as of August 1. Along with the new plan, the University will institute a new policy requiring all full-time students to have appropriate health insurance coverage.
The policy will be phased in over two years. As an international student you will be required to have health insurance beginning in the 2015-16 academic year. At the time of class registration, all international students—current as well as incoming undergraduate and graduate international students—will be required to have current health care coverage that meets ACA requirements. If you have alternative health insurance from a U.S.-based insurer that meets the minimum standards of the ACA and provides coverage for services received in the Syracuse area, you will not need to purchase the University-sponsored student health insurance plan. If you do not have qualifying coverage, you will be required to purchase the plan.
The new plan and policy changes were adopted to help students meet their obligation under the ACA to have health insurance, as well as to protect students and their families from large medical expenses that could put their education and personal finances at risk. Almost every other national private research institution like Syracuse University has a requirement like this. These changes will ensure that all students have access to an affordable, ACA-compliant plan.
The cost for the plan in the 2015-16 academic year will be $1,890, a significantly lower cost from what is currently available through the state government’s health exchange marketplace and the University’s current plan, which is being discontinued. For comparison purposes, the cost of comparable plans offered on the New York State of Health Marketplace range from $3,581 to $6,302. The carrier for the new University-sponsored plan is Aetna Student Health.
We have scheduled campus information sessions for April 14 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. and April 15 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., both in Grant Auditorium, to address directly any questions or concerns you may have about these changes. More information will be made available soon on the Health Services website, including a Frequently Asked Questions page.
These changes reflect Syracuse University’s ongoing commitment to assuring the well-being of each and every one of our students during their time here at Syracuse. If you have any immediate questions, or would like to speak in confidence about a specific health concern, please feel free to contact Palma Cassano at Syracuse University Health Services.
Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz
Senior Vice President and Dean
Division of Student Affairs
Benjamin J. Domingo
Director of Health Services