Frequently Asked Questions



AcademicBlue℠ Benefit Information

Academic Blue℠ Advantages of Membership

Health Insurance Plan Information


Should medical student experience a needle stick claim, please fill out and forward the Needle Stick Claim Form to BCBSTX post claim to assure the benefit is covered at 100%.


Graduate Students

GRADUATE STUDENTS:  The email you received from UT Southwestern included the Promo Code under the ‘Enrolling in AcademicBlue’ section of the email.  If you have failed to retain your email communication, please contact and the institution will provide the Promo Code to you.


Medical and Health Professional Students

NOTE:  All Medical and Health Professions Students will be automatically enrolled in the health insurance plan unless a waiver is submitted online.  You will only need to take action if you choose to enroll your dependents.

You can add your dependents by using the forms listed during the open enrollment periods.

The Summer open enrollment period to enroll in dental and/or to enroll dependents is 4/1/19 – 6/15/19.



Qualifying Event Enrollment Forms (All Students)


The Summer online waiver period is 4/1/19 through 5/30/19


AES Enrollment (Evacuation/Repatriation Coverage)- Only International students submitting a waiver should purchase, if needed.



The University of Texas System


Graduate Domestic Students Only:

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Graduate International Students Only:

Click Here to Waive if you meet the criteria below


Domestic Medical, and Health Professional Students Only:

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International Medical, and Health Professional Students Only:

Click Here to Waive if you meet the criteria below


Health Care Coverage and Evacuation/Repatriation Coverage Requirements for International Students.

1.    Health Care Coverage for International Students must be provided through a Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (PPACA) compliant individual or employer health plan that meets the minimum federal requirements for coverage for certain foreign exchange visitors set forth in 22 CFR 62.14 (b) and (c) and (d).

a.    Such a plan must provide coverage that, at a minimum:

       Provides the Essential Minimum Benefits required by the PPACA with no annual limits;

       Contains no exclusions for pre-existing conditions;

       Covers 100% of Preventive Care as defined by the PPACA;

       Imposes a deductible that does not exceed $500 per accident or illness;

       Imposes no provisions for co-insurance that exceed 25% of the covered benefits per accident or illness; and

       Is underwritten by an insurance carrier that meets the requirement of 22 CFR 62.14(d)(1) or offered or underwritten by a federally qualified HMO or competitive Medical Plan as determined by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

b.    Plans that do not meet the Health Care Coverage requirements of this policy include:

       Short Term Limited Duration Plans; and

       So called “travel plans” or other similar plans created expressly for the purpose of providing coverage to international students and/or non-immigrant visa holders.

2.    Evacuation/Repatriation Coverage for International Students must provide coverage for:

       Repatriation expenses in the amount of no less than $25,000; and

       Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of the insured to the insured’s home country of no less than $50,000.

3.    The University of Texas System sponsored University of Texas Student Insurance Plan (UT SHIP) provides coverage that meets the Health Care Coverage and Evacuation/Repatriation requirements of this policy.

4.    Individual plans provided through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace (or “Exchange”) or a state Health Insurance Marketplace (or “Exchange”) provide coverage that meets the Health Care Coverage requirements of this policy.

5.    A waiver shall be granted to an International Student for any semester of enrollment in which the student is:

       Eligible for, and as, a participant in the UT System Employee Group Health Plan coverage;

       Able to establish that the student has coverage that is backed by the full faith and credit of the government of the exchange visitor's home country and is provided through a PPACA compliant plan;

       Sponsored by the US Government or another sponsoring entity that has guaranteed payment of all health expenses and repatriation and evacuation expenses in writing;

       Able to establish that the student is enrolled in health care coverage through another source that meets the requirement of #1 and/or # 2 above; or

        Enrolled exclusively in distance learning class at the institution.


Essential Minimum Benefits: A comprehensive package of benefits and services that must be included in a PPACA compliant health care, including:

       •       Ambulatory patient services
 •       Emergency services
 •       Hospitalization (such as surgery)
 •       Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care (care for a mother and baby before and after the baby is born)
 •       Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment, counseling and psychotherapy
 •       Prescription drugs
 •       Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices
 •       Laboratory services
 •       Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management


Evacuation and Repatriation Coverage Specific additional coverage provided to pay the expenses associated with the cost of medical evacuation of an insured and the return of the remains of a deceased insured to the home country of the insured.

International Student A student who is enrolled at a UT System institution who holds a non-immigrant visa that is tracked by the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), other than a category F3 visa. A student enrolled at a UT System and who holds an F1, F2, J1, or J2 non-immigrant visa is an “International Student”.

Preventative Care Medical care that must be offered to participants in health coverage with no out of pocket costs to the plan enrollee.

Short Term Limited Duration Plans Health insurance coverage provided pursuant to a contract with an issuer that has an expiration date specified in the contract (taking into account any extensions that may be elected by the policyholder without the issuer’s consent) that is less than 12 months after the original effective date of the contract. Such plans include policies for foreign students studying for only one or two semesters in the U.S.


Information for Parents

What you need to know about your Student Health Insurance Plan