F1 Visa International Student Insurance

General Information Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

Lone Star College (LSC) requires that all F-1 visa international students, with a Lone Star College (LSC) issued I-20, maintain health insurance coverage as a condition of enrollment. F1 visa international students have the following options to fulfill this requirement:

  1. Purchase the LSC Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) managed and administered, for Lone Star College, by Academic Health Plans (AHP); or
  2. Request a waiver if you have an alternative health insurance plan that meets the following LSC waiver criteria:
    • Student is sponsored by a foreign government recognized by the United States or certain international, government-sponsored or non-governmental organizations, and 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, coverage may be purchased from Academic HealthPlans to supplement the provided health plan; or
    • 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, coverage may be purchased from Academic HealthPlans to supplement the employer provided health plan.
    • Additonal Requirements:
      • Policy provides the Minimum Essential Benefits required by the PPACA with no annual limits.
      • Proof of Repatriation expenses in the amount of no less than U.S. $7,500.
      • Proof of Medical Evacuation expenses in the amount of no less than U.S. $10,000.
      • Please note: Academic HealthPlans will review ALL waiver requests.
  3. Medical Insurance Requirement Exemption. The following groups are exempt from purchasing the insurance, but must provide supporting documentation:

2020 - 2021 Enrollment Dates Student Health Insurance Plan

Fall 2020

Open Enrollment Begins: April 15, 2020
Open Enrollment Ends: October 9, 2020
Coverage Dates: August 10, 2020 – December 31, 2020

Spring/Summer 2021

Open Enrollment Begins: November 2, 2020
Open Enrollment Ends: March 5, 2021
Coverage Dates: January 1, 2021 – August 9, 2021

Summer 2021

Open Enrollment Begins: March 15, 2021
Open Enrollment Ends: June 11, 2021
Coverage Dates: June 1, 2021 – August 9, 2021

Waiver Deadlines

Summer 2019: February 5, 2019-June 14, 2019
Fall 2020: April 15, 2020 – October 9, 2020
Spring/Summer 2021: November 2, 2020 – March 5, 2021
Summer 2021 March 15, 2021 - June 11, 2021

Student Resources

Waiver Process

What documentation is required to request a waiver?

  • Copy of the front and back of your current insurance ID card with student name;
  • Alternative Health Insurance Plan Benefit Summary (including exclusions);
  • Proof of Medical Evacuation and Repatriation coverage (if needed, you may purchase this coverage through AHP);
  • Lone Star College Student ID number available.

Once your waiver is submitted and valid proof of documentation is received by AHP, you will be notified via email within 5-7 business days of the status of your waiver request.

Voluntary Enrollment for F1 Visa Student Dependents

Dependent enrollment must take place at the time of student enrollment, with the exception of newborn or adopted children. Dependent coverage is available only if the student is also insured. Academic Health Plans (AHP) provides program management and administrative services for insured student dependents.

For questions or additional information about the health insurance plan, please call Academic Health Plans at 855.825.3980 (Toll Free).

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