Are You Required to Have Insurance?
Health insurance is regulated on a state level, and while certain rules may apply to US citizens, international students are typically responsible for carrying insurance based on the Department of State and their school’s requirements.
Have you heard about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and are curious to see how that applies to international students and scholars? Read our article on the Impact of the ACA on International Students.
J visa — The Department of State requires J visa holders to have health insurance that meets certain criteria, and your school may add additional requirements to this as well.
F & M visas — There are no federal requirements, but your school may require you to have insurance.