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USC Columbia Waivers

Please note that the waiver period has been extended to September 20th, 2018.

Fall waiver period is 06/25/2018 - 09/20/2018.

Spring waiver period is 11/01/2018 – 01/15/2019.

Beginning in Fall 2018, undergraduate and graduate students at USC Columbia enrolled in 6 or more credit hours, graduate students with graduate assistantships, students in the School of Medicine enrolled in 1 or more hours, and international students will be required to show proof of health insurance as a condition of enrollment. Students must either enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan or waive the plan by showing proof of their own health insurance.

Students enrolled at the University of South Carolina that wish to opt-out of the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) must submit alternate coverage information through the Academic HealthPlans Waiver System. In order to be approved for a waiver, your alternate health coverage must meet the requirements listed below and be submitted with proof documentation prior to the September 20, 2018 deadline.

Please review these prior to submitting your waiver request.

Student must be enrolled in a health plan that is compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

A.   The alternative coverage must meet the following minimum requirements:

1.   Provide the Essential Minimum Benefits required by the PPACA with no annual limits. A list of the benefits  can be found here: https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/essential-health-benefits/ .

2.   Contain no exclusions for pre-existing conditions.

3.   Covers 100% of Preventive Care as defined by the PPACA. A list of these preventive services can be found here: https://www.healthcare.gov/coverage/preventive-care-benefits/.

B.   In addition, International Students:

1.   Proof of Repatriation and medical evacuation expenses in the combined amount of no less than $100,000. If the health plan does not include medical evacuation and repatriation, a rider must be purchased providing coverage at equal limits to the SHIP.

NOTE: The following plan(s) will NOT be acceptable for waiver approval:

 · Short-term coverage plans are not accepted.

 · Financial Assistance plans are not accepted.

 · Travel plans or plans that require you to pay for treatment yourself and then apply for reimbursement are not accepted.

Domestic Students Only: Select the appropriate link below to submit your waiver request or enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan:

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

GRADUATE STUDENT

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

International Students Only: Select the appropriate link below to submit your waiver request or enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan:

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

GRADUATE STUDENT

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE