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8.08 / International Students Mandatory Health Insurance

Purpose:
To set forth University requirements for acquisition and maintenance of minimum levels of medical insurance coverage for certain Wichita State University students.

Preamble:
In order to make certain that non-immigrant international students attending Wichita State University have access to adequate medical care and to provide sufficient financial resources for such students to be able to afford such medical care and to address a possible need to return to their home country, it is deemed appropriate that non-immigrant international students be required to maintain minimum levels of insurance protection.

Policy Statement:

1.  Wichita State University requires that all non-immigrant international students have a specified minimum amount of medical insurance protection for every semester they are enrolled as a student at Wichita State University.

2.  Each non-immigrant international student must obtain and maintain medical insurance, from a company authorized to do business in the United States, with the following minimum coverages: 

  1. Basic injury and sickness benefits consistent with requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act;
  2. Major medical coverage consistent with requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act;
  3. Coverage to provide for medical evacuation of the student to the student's home country; and
  4. Coverage to provide for repatriation of the student's remains to the student's home country in case of death.

3.  Failure to obtain and maintain such coverages during the student's time of enrollment will be grounds for discipline up to and including expulsion.

4.  Student Health Services may, at its discretion, waive one or more of the above requirements based on overall medical coverage and/or Visa status. Each semester the Office of International Education will notify students via email regarding dates waiver and insurance information will be accepted. No waivers will be issued after the end date. To request a waiver, students should follow the process found at http://wichita.edu/medicalinsurance.

Implementation:
This policy shall be included in the WSU Policies and Procedures Manual and shared with appropriate constituencies of the University.

Effective Date:
October 20, 2000

Revision Date:
January 7, 2013
March 25, 2016

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