Health care in the U.S. is a private system. To make sure that you are able to cover any medical expenses and to satisfy legal requirements, Mizzou requires all international students to purchase the insurance plan provided through the university. This plan is also available for dependents (spouses and children) at an additional cost, and dependents in nonimmigrant status that are lawfully permitted to take classes are also required to be enrolled in the insurance program.
A Continuation Plan is available to insured students who lose their eligibility for the MU Student Health Insurance Plan through graduation or otherwise leaving school. This plan is only available to terminating students and eligible dependents as long as they were enrolled in the MU Student Health Insurance Plan for the previous academic term. Students eligible for the 2012/13 MU Student Health Insurance Plan are not eligible to purchase this continuation option.
International students will be automatically enrolled in the mandatory insurance plan when they register for any number of credit hours and will be charged for the coverage on their Mizzou student account. Other participants must complete an application form and follow the payment instructions indicated:
MU has a "hard-waiver" policy that strictly limits waivers of the mandatory insurance enrollment for international students. Only the following exceptions are allowed:
To successfully request a waiver of the MU Accident and Sickness Insurance coverage, you must meet one of the above requirements. If you do, please submit an online request for an insurance waiver, and also provide necessary supporting documents to the International Center.
Additionally, U.S. federal regulations state that all J-1 visa holders and their dependents must meet insurance coverage requirements for the duration of their stay. The MU student insurance policy meets these requirements.
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