***“In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and reduced ability to access the Student Health Center, the following prescription benefit change has been made to the UNC System Student Health Insurance Plan: the Tier 1 drugs from retail pharmacies are now subject to a $15 copayment per 30 day supply*. Please note: the benefit plan uses the Essential Formulary and has a 5 Tier pharmacy benefit. There is one copayment for up to a 30-day supply. 31-60-day supply is two copayments, and 61-90-day supply is three copayments. This change is effective April 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020. Students can log into Blue Connect to review their prescription drug coverage, including what Tier a medication falls into.
*Prescription benefit change has also been made to the:
- NCSU Postdoc plan: Tier 1 drugs from retail pharmacies are subject to a $10 copayment per 30 day supply.
- NCSU RA/TA plan: Tier 1 drugs from retail pharmacies are subject to a $20 copayment. Tier 1 drugs are not subject to the prescription deductible.
For Blue Cross NC’s latest information on COVID-19, please visit bluecrossnc.com/coronavirus”***
In August 2009, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors implemented a hard waiver student health insurance requirement for all sixteen campuses in the University of North Carolina system. Beginning the Fall of 2010, if all of the conditions listed below (known as invoking criteria) are true for you, then the State-Level Student Health Insurance Requirement applies.
Students enrolled in Distance Education courses only are not eligible for health insurance and therefore are not required to submit a waiver.
Undergraduate Students are eligible if:
- Enrolled in a degree-seeking program, and
- Enrolled in six (6) or more on campus credit hours, and
- Eligible to pay the university Student Health fee
Graduate Students are eligible if:
- Enrolled in a degree-seeking program, and
- Enrolled in one (1) or more on campus credit hours, and
- Eligible to pay the university Student Health Fee
If the requirement applies to you, you must prove you have health insurance coverage each semester you are enrolled by submitting an online waiver to StudentBlue that shows evidence of existing credible coverage or you will be automatically enrolled and charged the premium.
If you’re still not sure whether the State-Level Health Insurance Requirement applies to you, contact our office at 919.515.2563, option 6 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Student Populations
All international students in some nonimmigrant visa categories have health stipulations mandated by federal regulation (e.g., medical evacuation, repatriation, and other requirements). All degree-seeking international students, regardless of semester credit hour level, are eligible to purchase SHIP.
Study Abroad, Co-op, and Student Interns
Degree-seeking students participating in a UNC system campus-sponsored study abroad program, are eligible for, but are not required to have, the UNC System SHIP. If you are one of these students, you may purchase SHIP for the entire semester or for the portion of the semester when you are not in Study Abroad. Study Abroad students are not automatically enrolled or charged for the plan. Study Abroad students MUST enroll themselves into the plan in order to participate in the plan.
Degree-seeking students participating in a Co-op program or as a student intern, are eligible for, but are not required to have the UNC System SHIP. Co-op students and Student Interns are not automatically enrolled or charged for the plan. Co-op students and Student Interns MUST enroll themselves into the plan in order to participate in the plan.
UNC System Student Health Insurance Plan Premiums
The UNC System Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) premium will appear on your student account once you register for courses and if you meet all of the invoking criteria. The premium can be removed from the account by submitting an online waiver by the posted deadline. Be aware that if you fail to waive coverage, the premium for SHIP is non-refundable after the posted deadline each semester. If you wish to enroll in SHIP (need to link to SB website), we encourage you to do so during open enrollment. This ensures you will receive an insurance card as quickly as possible.
Please note, if you neither waive nor enroll in SHIP by the posted deadline, you will automatically be enrolled after the posted deadline. The Fall Student Blue portal will close at the end of January. The insurance premium is non-refundable after this deadline. The 2020-2021 premium (per semester) is $1308.40.
Health Insurance premiums are not included in the total cost of attendance. Students who purchase SHIP may contact their financial aid counselor to request the expense be included in their individual cost of attendance.
Medically necessary services, rendered by Student Health Service providers, are covered 100% (no copayment, no deductible) with the Student Blue Health Insurance Plan. Prescriptions filled by Student Health Pharmacy are covered with a $15 co-payment per prescription or refill.
Visit the StudentBlue website for more information on plan benefits.