Health care is very expensive. While the Student Health Center on campus can provide primary care for students, sometimes students require additional care for hospitalizations, surgery, or other specialty care. Large medical bills can be overwhelming. It is important that students are able to receive appropriate health care when necessary. The Affordable Care Act requires everyone, including college students, to have health insurance. This insurance coverage must meet certain standards of care. The Rice Student Health Insurance Plan meets these requirements.
The minimum requirements for the waiver criteria are equal to the "bronze" level for the Health Care Marketplace standards. You can find more information about bronze plans here
. It is Rice University's responsibility to ensure the safety of all students. Therefore, you may only waive the student health insurance plan if your outside insurance meets the Rice waiver requirements stated in the Waiver Requirements section.
IMPORTANT: All students that have not enrolled in coverage, or submitted a waiver by September 1st (Fall) or January 19th (Spring) will be positively enrolled in annual coverage and charged the premiums. Once you are enrolled in coverage, you cannot cancel for any reason. If you do not enroll yourself in coverage, and you are positively enrolled in Aetna Student Health, please note your enrollment process will be delayed. You may need to pay out of pocket for medical services until your enrollment has been processed. Once processed, you will be able to file a claim for reimbursement. The coverage will not be prorated and will be effective 08/15/2017 (Fall) or 01/01/2018 (Spring). Please understand the risk of not electing to enroll yourself in coverage during the open enrollment period.