Health Insurance Information
The 2013-2014 school year marks a significant change to the Aetna Student Health Plan. In keeping with health care reform legislation, the University has improved its plan design, to be fully compliant with impending federal directives. Significant is the implementation of unlimited benefits which is similar to that of an employee benefit plan and, in some cases may exceed the benefits of those plans. The costs and coverage within this new student health insurance plan merit serious consideration as an opportunity to save money while providing students with a comprehensive health insurance option. The University of Connecticut requires all full-time students to maintain health insurance coverage.
Included with the unlimited medical benefits, the previous plan year(s) $1,000.00 maximum benefit for pharmacy items as also been removed. Pharmacy benefits will also be unlimited beginning in the 2012-2013 plan year. Also - coverage for routine care and immunizations will be incorporated.
A brochure for the 2013-2014 plan will be available mid-May (it is currently being reviewed by the carrier's internal auditors) and will be posted on our website. Also, as a "new" initiative, we are encouraging enrollment in the 4 payment plan, through the bursar's office, as a way to make the premium increase more affordable and manageable. A printed brochure will be mailed to all students who are eligible to enroll and have paid their admission fee in mid-May as well.
All full-time students
at the University of Connecticut are required to maintain health insurance coverage in order to
register for Fall 2013 classes. (A full-time student is any undergraduate student enrolled for twelve or more credits.) Students may choose to be covered
for accidents and illnesses through:
- a personal insurance policy
- a plan carried by their parents
- a group policy sponsored by the University, which is sold and administered
through a private insurance agency under contract to the University. For Fall 2013-Spring 2014. Last year the cost was $2,564.00 (Coverage begins August 15, 2013 and remains in effect until the end of the plan year August 14, 2013). We do not yet have the cost for this upcoming year.
The University uses what is called a "hard waiver" system to assure student health coverage. This means students will be AUTOMATICALLY enrolled in and billed
for the University-sponsored plan. If you want coverage under the University-sponsored plan, do nothing; you are automatically enrolled.
If you are currently covered by a health insurance provider and you wish to decline the University plan, you must provide proof of health insurance and file an on-line insurance waiver in order to have this fee removed from your fee bill. The ONLY way to decline the University sponsored insurance is by completing an online waiver form through your Student Administration account (PeopleSoft account). This waiver can be done through the PeopleSoft Financials system. The last day to waive the University sponsored health insurance plan is September 15, 2013.:
- Log into the Student Administration System (SA System) which is your PeopleSoft account. To log in, you will need your 7-digit Student ID, which is found in the top right hand corner of your admissions notification letter, and your password. Your initial password is a capital 'W' followed by your birth date in the MMDDYY format and finished with an exclamation point (WMMDDYY!).
- Click on Self Service
- Click on Student Center
- Scroll down to Finances
- Click on Create Student Permissions
- Click on Health Insurance Waiver
If you fail to complete the waiver in PeopleSoft, it will be assumed that you accept coverage offered under the University sponsored health insurance plan, and the charge for that coverage will remain on your fee bill.
The health insurance waiver webpage is now available for student access for Fall 2013. If you chose to select the University sponsored health insurance plan waiver, you will receive a confirmation number through the health insurance waiver webpage. A waiver can be set up before your fee bill is created. This will prevent the health insurance charge from appearing on your bill.
Specific questions regarding coverage, benefits or enrollment can be directed to the Insurance Coordinator, Tresca Smith at (860) 486-4535 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Smith can also answer questions on how students will be impacted, if they were previously insured through Consolidated.