All international scholars are automatically enrolled in the SUNY Buffalo State UnitedHealthcare Insurance Program. Due to SUNY regulations we can no longer waive this requirement, regardless of whether you have comparable health insurance from your home country.
All enrolled international scholars must purchase the health insurance plan offered by SUNY Buffalo State.
Health care costs in the U.S. are very expensive and could easily overwhelm a scholar on a limited budget. Therefore, the U.S. Department of State and the State University of New York (SUNY) require all Exchange Visitors and their dependents in the U.S. to have sickness and accident insurance, and medical evacuation and repatriation insurance in effect for the duration of their Exchange Visitor status.
The health insurance plan for international students and scholars offered by SUNY meets the minimum coverage requirements. You will be required to enroll in and purchase this policy.
Our office will assist you with this process upon arrival. Please note that rates change in August of every year, therefore amounts quoted can change as well, depending on your arrival date. Click the link below and register on the United Health Care website.
When your enrollment is complete, you will receive an email from UnitedHealthcare containing important information about how to access your health insurance. If you are already enrolled and have questions, please log in to the UnitedHealthcare website where you will find the answers to many of your questions.
Once logged in, you will be able to:
Print your insurance ID card
View the UnitedHealthcare Member Guide
Review your health insurance plan benefits
Locate providers, hospitals, and pharmacies that you can use with your plan
If you are an enrolled scholar and do not receive an email from UnitedHealthcare, please contact us.
Access Your UnitedHealthcare Insurance Account
You can access your account online through the UnitedHealthcare website or download the mobile app.
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