Buy Student Health Insurance

Georgia State University offers health insurance to two primary groups of students, mandatory and non-mandatory (voluntary). Those students in the mandatory group are required to carry health insurance coverage during their program of study at Georgia State. Mandatory students will be automatically enrolled in the UnitedHealthcare Student Health Insurance Plan and charged for the insurance on their student account. If mandatory students are currently covered by an insurance plan (i.e. parent’s plan, individual plan, or family plan), they may waive out of the mandatory insurance and receive a credit on their student account.

Non-mandatory students or students that are not eligible for the mandatory plan may purchase student health insurance as part of the voluntary enrollment process with UnitedHealthcare and pay directly to UnitedHealthcare Student Resources (UHCSR).

Other students that require student health insurance are students participating in Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Visiting Scholars.

Federal regulations require mandatory students to be covered by health insurance throughout the duration of their program. The mandatory group consists of the following students:

  • All graduate students awarded a Full Tuition Waiver as part of their graduate assistantship award.
  • All undergraduate, graduate and English as a Second Language (ESL) international students holding F1 and J1 visas.
  • All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in programs that require proof of health insurance.
  • All graduate students receiving fellowships fully funding their tuition.
  • International Scholars.

The students listed in the mandatory group will automatically be enrolled in the UnitedHealthcare Student Health Insurance Plan and charged for the insurance on their student account. If the mandatory student has existing insurance coverage (i.e. parent’s plan, individual plan or family plan), the mandatory student may waive out of the insurance provided by the University and receive a credit on their student account.

Mandatory Health Insurance Process

After the waiver period ends, students in the mandatory group will be automatically enrolled in the United Healthcare student health insurance plan. Health insurance charges for mandatory students are posted directly to their student account and payments are made to Georgia State University. Mandatory students must register for classes before the health insurance charge can be posted to their student account. Also, students receiving full-time tuition waivers will not see the health insurance charge posted their student account until after their college have applied their waiver. Insurance charges post once a day early in the morning. Therefore, if you register in the morning today, then your charges will be posted the next business day.

Although mandatory students are automatically enrolled in the UnitedHealthcare student health insurance plan, their enrollment will need to be activated if the student needs to go to the doctor prior to the waiver period end date and/or proof of insurance is needed quickly. An insured student may use My Account to request delivery of a permanent ID card through the mail. ID Cards may also be accessed via mobile site at my.uhcsr.com. Permanent ID Cards are printed and mailed to the address on file after the open enrollment period ends.

Non-Mandatory Students (Voluntary Enrollment)

Students that are not in the mandatory group are eligible to purchase student health insurance for themselves as well as their dependents from UnitedHealthcare Student Resources (UHCSR) and these health insurance premiums are paid directly to UHCSR. A few programs (i.e. Physical Therapy) require students to have health insurance, but are not classified in the “Mandatory” group. Students must be enrolled in six (6) or more credits per semester to enroll in this insurance. Individuals with Optional Practical Training (OPT) approval, Postdoctoral Research Fellows, Visiting Scholars, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Adjuncts are also eligible to purchase the Voluntary Student Health Insurance. These individuals should select “Special” when enrolling online. Online enrollment takes a few minutes and you pay via credit card or eCheck to UnitedHealthcare Student Resources.

The deadline for enrollment for Annual or Fall Semester is September 20, 2014 and for Spring/Summer Semester is February 15, 2015. The coverage will be effective the date the student enrolls. After the enrollment deadline, students will only be able to enroll with a qualifying event or wait until the next enrollment period.

Voluntary Students and Dependents Enrollment Form
View Voluntary (Non-Mandatory)Enrollment Quick Reference Guide

Buy Voluntary (Non-Mandatory) Health Insurance

  1. Click on URL, www.uhcsr.com/gsu, to go to UnitedHealthcare website.
  2.  In top right corner, click on “Enroll Now” located inside Enroll Online Now! Text box.
  3. “Buy Insurance” page is displayed.
  4. Complete Basic Information section and Press Continue.In this section, add coverage for your spouse and/or dependents. Once you’ve entered the Basic Information and select “Continue”, you will be able to open and review a PDF with complete plan details, including benefits and name of underwriting company.
  5. Select the appropriate coverage for you and your spouse and/or dependents if applicable.
  6. Select checkbox next to “I elect to purchase insurance coverage under this student insurance plan. Above are the choices I have made.”
  7. Click on UPDATE TOTAL and Press CONTINUE.
  8. Create an Account Page is displayed. Complete this page and press CREATE ACCOUNT.
  9. Complete Personal Information and Dependent Information if applicable and press CONTINUE.
  10. Complete Payment Information, Payer Signature and Verify Payer’s Signature and press CONTINUE.
  11. Confirmation page is displayed. 

Print Temporary Insurance Card

UHCSR will send an email notification when the digital ID card is available to be downloaded from My Account.

  1. Click on URL, https://www.uhcsr.com/gsu.
  2. Click on Login to My Account on the portal.
  3. Enter your Username and Password.
  4. Press the LOGIN button.
  5. Click on ID Card Information (Found under Policy Information or on the Portal Menu)
  6. Click on View or Print ID Card.
  7. Click on View/Print link next to the coverage record you wish to view and print the ID card for.

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Optional Practical Training (OPT) is off-campus employment authorization in a student’s field of study for twelve months after completion of their academic program. While on OPT, you are considered to be in F-1 status and must follow the regulations in order to maintain your status. Federal regulations require F-1 and J-1 students, as well as their dependents, be covered by health insurance throughout the duration of their program. You may buy health insurance coverage from Georgia State University’s provider UnitedHealthcare, but you are not required to use our health care provider. Most students on OPT elect to be insured through their employer. If you are not employed, you may need to explore other insurance options available that will meet your needs.

View Georgia State University’s Health Insurance Plan

Buy Health Insurance from Georgia State University’s Provider (UnitedHealthcare)
To purchase student health insurance for OPT students and their dependents, please complete and sign the Enrollment Form For OPT Students and Their Dependents. The enrollment deadline for Voluntary (Non-Mandatory) Students is as follows:

  • Annual or Fall Semester: September 20, 2014
  • Spring/Summer Semester: February 15, 2015

(The coverage will be effective the date the student enrolls. After the enrollment deadline, voluntary students will only be able to enroll with a qualifying event or wait until the next enrollment period.)

Dependent Coverage/Qualifying Events
Dependents of covered students are eligible for coverage under the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). DEPENDENT means the legal spouse of the covered student and their dependent children. Children shall cease to be dependent at the end of the month in which they reach the age of 26 years. Children are defined as children by birth, adoption, or legal guardianship. Dependent coverage will not be effective prior to that of the covered student or extend beyond that of the covered student. Dependents are required to provide proof of dependent status. The following documents will be accepted:

  •  For spouse, a marriage certificate
  • For a natural child under the age of 26, a birth certificate

Enrollment in the dependent plan is managed by UnitedHealthcare and the cost of the insurance premiums is paid directly to UnitedHealthcare Student Resources. The total premium is due at the time of enrollment. Certain qualifying events allow students to add dependent coverage after the close of the enrollment period.

Dependent enrollment/re-enrollment in the dependent plan is not automatic. Eligible dependents must be re-enrolled each subsequent semester or coverage period in order to continue coverage in the dependent plan.

Make checks or money orders payable to UnitedHealthcare Student Resources in US dollars. Mail enrollment form along with premium payment to:

UnitedHealthcare Student Resources
PO Box 809026
Dallas, TX 75380-9026

Your cancelled check or credit card billing is your only receipt and notification of coverage. The student is responsible for timely premium payments whether or not a premium notice is received.

To pay with a credit card, complete the Enrollment Form For OPT Students and Their Dependents and email it to SIDPremium-CustomerService@uhcsr.com or fax it to 469-229-5612. Make sure your email address is correct as UnitedHealthcare will enter your coverage request into their system and send you an email message with instructions for making your premium payment online with a credit card.

Coverage
Coverage will become effective on the date the Insurance Company receives the application and correct premium payment. Monthly coverage expires 1 month following receipt of your premium or the expiration period of July 31, whichever is earlier.

The University’s Exchange Visitor Program sponsors foreign nationals as temporary members of the academic staff for short-term teaching/lecturing, observing, conducting research, or consulting. Georgia State is authorized to host these categories of scholars: Professor, Research Scholar, Short-term Scholar, and Student Intern. The J program is part of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and requires meeting all of its standards which includes accident and sickness insurance. Federal regulations require F-1 and J-1 students, as well as their dependents, be covered by health insurance throughout the duration of their program. You may buy health insurance coverage from Georgia State University’s provider UnitedHealthcare, but you are not required to use our health care provider.

View Georgia State University’s Health Insurance Plan

Buy Health Insurance from Georgia State University’s Provider (UnitedHealthcare)
To purchase student health insurance for Visiting Scholars and their dependents, please complete and sign the Enrollment Form For Visiting Faculty/Scholars and Their Dependents. The enrollment deadline for Voluntary (Non-Mandatory) Students is as follows:

  • Annual or Fall Semester: September 20, 2014
  • Spring/Summer Semester: February 15, 2015

(The coverage will be effective the date the student enrolls. After the enrollment deadline, voluntary students will only be able to enroll with a qualifying event or wait until the next enrollment period.)

Dependent Coverage/Qualifying Events
Dependents of covered students are eligible for coverage under the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). DEPENDENT means the legal spouse of the covered student and their dependent children. Children shall cease to be dependent at the end of the month in which they reach the age of 26 years. Children are defined as children by birth, adoption, or legal guardianship. Dependent coverage will not be effective prior to that of the covered student or extend beyond that of the covered student. Dependents are required to provide proof of dependent status. The following documents will be accepted:

  • For spouse, a marriage certificate
  • For a natural child under the age of 26, a birth certificate

Enrollment in the dependent plan is managed by UnitedHealthcare and the cost of the insurance premiums is paid directly to United Healthcare Student Resources. The total premium is due at the time of enrollment. Certain qualifying events allow students to add dependent coverage after the close of the enrollment period.

Dependent enrollment/re-enrollment in the dependent plan is not automatic. Eligible dependents must be re-enrolled each subsequent semester or coverage period in order to continue coverage in the dependent plan.

Make checks or money orders payable to UnitedHealthcare Student Resources in US dollars. Mail enrollment form along with premium payment to:

UnitedHealthcare Student Resources
PO Box 809026
Dallas, TX 75380-9026

Your cancelled check or credit card billing is your only receipt and notification of coverage. The student is responsible for timely premium payments whether or not a premium notice is received.

To pay with a credit card, complete the Enrollment Form For Visiting Faculty/Scholars and Their Dependents and email it to SIDPremium-CustomerService@uhcsr.com or fax it to 469-229-5612. Make sure your email address is correct as UnitedHealthcare will enter your coverage request into their system and send you an email message with instructions for making your premium payment online with a credit card.

Coverage
Coverage will become effective on the date the Insurance Company receives the application and correct premium payment. Monthly coverage expires 1 month following receipt of your premium or the expiration period of July 31, whichever is earlier.

For more information, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services website.

Dependents of covered students are eligible for coverage under the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Dependent means the legal spouse of the covered student and their dependent children. Children shall cease to be dependent at the end of the month in which they attain the age of 26 years. Children are defined as children by birth, adoption, or legal guardianship. Dependent coverage will not be effective prior to that of the covered student or extend beyond that of the covered student. Dependents are required to provide proof of dependent status. The following documents will be accepted:

  • For spouse, a marriage certificate
  • For a natural child under the age of 26, a birth certificate

Enrollment in the dependent plan is managed by UnitedHealthcare and the cost of the insurance premiums is paid directly to UnitedHealthcare Student Resources. The total premium is due at the time of enrollment. Certain qualifying events allow students to add dependent coverage after the close of the enrollment period.

Dependent enrollment/re-enrollment in the dependent plan is not automatic. Eligible dependents must be re-enrolled each subsequent semester or coverage period in order to continue coverage in the dependent plan.

Enroll dependents

Prior to enrolling dependents, mandatory students must first complete their enrollment form to activate coverage and non-mandatory student must first complete their voluntary enrollment form. Insurance ID cards can be accessed through your My Account.