Open-Enrollment for Fall 2023 is now closed.
Enrollment and waivers can only be submitted during Open Enrollment.
All registered, degree-seeking students are required to maintain health insurance coverage while enrolled at Rice University. Therefore, all *students are REQUIRED to either enroll in the Rice Student Health Insurance Plan, administered by Aetna Student Health or request a waiver of the Student Health Insurance plan by demonstrating comparable insurance coverage.
Note: If you are a returning student, you must be enrolled in courses before you can access the enrollment and waiver application. Students enrolled in traditional online programs or enrolled in the Liberal Studies programs (excluding the MAT program for new teachers) are not eligible for Student Health Insurance and do not need to take action.
- International Student?
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You may waive coverage under the Rice Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan if you have health insurance that meets the ENTIRE Rice plan requirements listed in this section.
Waiver applications will be reviewed and verified as active with the insurance carrier.
Notice of Acceptance or Rejection of waiver applications will be sent by Aetna to the student’s Rice email address within 1-3 business days.
- Waiver Deadlines
Fall 2023 Waiver Deadline: August 30, 2023
Spring 2024 Waiver Deadline: January 15, 2024
Missing the original waiver deadline is not a basis for further review. See the "Waiver Denials and Missed Deadlines" section below for more information.
- Who can Waive?
Domestic undergraduates and graduates eligible for the Aetna Student plan and enrolled can request to waive if they have comparable coverage in the Houston area during the academic year. Please carefully read the Waiver Requirements below.
*Students enrolled in The Glasscock School are not eligible for insurance.
International undergraduates and graduates without an F1 or J1 Visa enrolled can request to waive if they have comparable coverage in the Houston area during the academic year.
- Waiver Requirements
You are considered Exempt if you are currently a Domestic student OR an International student without an F1 or J1 Visa.
- The plan provides prescription coverage.
- The plan has an individual deductible of $5,000* or less.
- The plan provides coverage for both emergency and non-emergency inpatient and outpatient medical and mental health care in Houston, Texas.
- The plan provides unlimited annual and lifetime benefits (i.e., no policy maximum).
- The insurance coverage is not through a medical cost-sharing or co-op-type program.
- The plan has a U.S.-based claim administrator, a U.S. telephone number and address for submission of claims, and the policy is issued in the U.S.
- The plan is currently active and I agree to maintain health insurance throughout the policy year. If I lose coverage, I will notify Rice immediately.
*If your plan's deductible is more than $5000, you must have a Health Savings Account; contact email@example.com.
- Waiver Denials and Missed Deadlines
Students who submitted an online waiver form and received a denial will have the opportunity to submit additional documentation in support of further review.
It is important to note the following about the Rice further review process:
- Missed deadlines will not be a sufficient basis for further review. Student Insurance communicates deadline information via email with students.
- Missed email communications from Student Insurance will not be a sufficient basis for further review.
- Health cost-sharing plans are not considered comparable coverage as all plans must be fully compliant with the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and provide access to local primary care providers in the Rice University area.
- The assumption of the Health Data Form as a waiver will not be a sufficient basis for further review. Please see the next section below for more information.
- Students with questions on the further review process should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Health Data Form
All new undergraduates and graduate students are required to submit a properly completed Health Data Form at the beginning of their enrollment at Rice.
This form is NOT a waiver. It is very important to note that the information provided on this form is not sent over to the Student Insurance Department. Students who miss the deadline to submit a waiver under the assumption that this form was a waiver will not be a sufficient basis for further review.
All waivers are submitted directly through the Aetna system found here.
Students enrolling in the Aetna student health insurance plan are automatically enrolled in the Vital Savings Discount for Dental at no charge and do NOT need to elect the Vital Savings option.
For any other questions, visit our FAQs page.