Make Sure Your Health Is Covered
Office of Student Affairs
All full-time, registered undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate in the University's student health insurance plan. We strongly urge students to maintain health insurance coverage. If you do not have existing medical insurance, the University contracts with a hospital-affiliated medical facility to offer student health insurance.
- Residential (students living on campus), international, dance and theater students (all concentrations), and student athletes (including cheerleading), must carry the University's student health insurance unless they have existing health insurance coverage that meets the requirements set forth by the University.
- A student who is required to have health insurance coverage (see above) and has existing health insurance coverage that meets University requirements, who does not wish to enroll in the student health plan, must waive the student health plan coverage, or the student will be enrolled in the student health plan, and the student will be responsible for paying the cost of the premium. (Note: International student athletes may not waive coverage under the student health plan.)
- For the 2015-16 academic year, there will be a new process to waive out of the plan; more information will follow. Students who are not required to have health insurance are not required to waive out of the plan.
- To enroll in the student health plan, complete the enrollment application, and return it with your check made payable to Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to the address indicated on the form. Forms and payment may also be submitted in person at Highmark's Downtown Service Center, which is located in Penn Avenue Place, 501 Penn Ave. You may also be able to do this by visiting a Highmark Direct store; for locations visit www.highmarkdirect.com/find (if you wish to visit one of these locations, it is suggested you contact that site in advance to see if they are able to accept the enrollment form and payment). Payment is required with the enrollment application; premiums may not be charged to your student account. Enrollment forms and rates may be found in the brochure mailed to all registered students, or in the Important Links box on this page.
The 2015-16 plan year begins Aug. 1, 2015 and ends July 31, 2016; however, coverage does not begin until Highmark has received the correct payment and enrollment information.
Following are the dates by which you can enroll in the student health insurance plan or waive coverage:
- Fall semester: Sept. 30
- Spring semester: Jan. 31
For more information or questions on enrollment, contact Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield at 1-866-602-1248, or the Office of Student Affairs by email at email@example.com or by phone at 412-392-3840.
Accident insurance for student athletes and performing artists
In order to provide optimal care to student athletes and performing artists, the University has purchased an athletic and performing arts accident insurance policy. This policy provides secondary insurance coverage for accidents incurred while participating in official University-sponsored athletic or performing arts events. Insurance coverage will not be provided for pre-existing conditions or non-athletic/performing arts-related injuries.
Information on this coverage is available in the Athletic Training Office located on the first floor of the Student Center.