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Health Insurance

Health Coverage Is Required

Health coverage is very important.  UK requires all international students (on an F-1, J-1, or J-2 visa) to have qualifying health coverage.  International students are automatically enrolled in the UK Student Health Plan (SHP) when they register for classes. You do not need to fill out any forms to enroll in SHP. 
The cost of SHP will be added to your student bill.  See cost below. You may choose to buy coverage for your spouse and/or children through the company’s website and learn more at

Term  Duration of Coverage Cost
Fall 2020  August 15, 2020 - December 31, 2020 $1,003
Spring/Summer 2021  January 1, 2021 - August 14, 2021 $1,638

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get my health plan identification (ID) card?

You will not receive an ID card in the mail.  About two week after you enroll in courses, ID cards are available through an online account with the health plan services site.  You can go to or download the Sydney App to create your account.  For detailed instructions on how to obtain your ID card, please review the quick links section on the Academic Health Plans website: If you have any questions, call Anthem at 844-412-0752.

Understand your plan

In the United States, having health coverage does not make all medical services free.  It is your responsibility to understand your health coverage.  Read more about your plan at  Call the customer service department at 1-855-856-2385 with your questions or email the UK SHP Office at for assistance.

NOTE:  English as a Second Language (ESL) students have different health coverage enrollment and waiver procedures.  Email for assistance.

Health Coverage Waiver Process

In rare circumstances, when a student already has qualifying health coverage provided by an employer, government sponsor or exchange agency, they are eligible to provide documentation of their alternate health insurance coverage by applying for a coverage waiver.  When a waiver is approved for a qualifying alternate plan, UK will cancel that student’s eligibility for the SHP for one semester.  Waivers must be completed each semester in order to cancel the SHP charge.

Due to federal regulations, and for your protection, all alternate health coverage must comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) minimum standards for health coverage

Which waiver applications are approved?

Approved waiver applications must meet all four of the following:

  1. Be received by the posted deadline,
  2. Include all requested plan documents,
  3. Provide documentation of medical evacuation and repatriation benefits*, and
  4. Show evidence of unlimited coverage for all “essential benefits” outlined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) standards.

*Medical evacuation and repatriation coverage may be purchased separately if needed.

How do I apply for a health coverage waiver?

To apply for a health coverage waiver you must submit a waiver request here. If your waiver is approved for a qualifying alternate plan, UK will cancel that student’s eligibility for the SHP for one semester. Waivers must be completed each semester in order to cancel the SHP charge. Call Academic HealthPlans with any questions at 1-855-856-2385.

  • Deadline for Fall Waiver Applications: September 30
  • Deadline for Spring/Summer Waiver Applications: February 22 

Do I need immunizations?

All newly enrolled international students may need to update immunizations before coming to UK. Click here for more information.

Do I need a Tuberculosis (TB) screening?

UK requires all new international students to complete a TB screening. Click here for more information.

Welcome to the UK International Center! Bradley Hall is currently open for document drop-off and appointments only. Please contact a member of our team to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!