Health Insurance and COVID-19 Insurance Information for International Students and Scholars

Do U-M health insurance plans cover testing and treatment for COVID-19?

Yes, all U-M health insurance plans cover COVID-19 testing and treatment.

Do U-M insurance plans cover flu shots? Are flu shots recommended?

Yes, all U-M health insurance plans also cover flu shots at no cost to you. Although a flu shot will not protect against COVID-19, flu vaccination will help keep you healthy. Plan to get a flu shot if you have not already done so.

Where can I find U-M recommendations for COVID-19 precautions?

The U-M Health Response website has information and updates.

When will insurance coverage begin for new students?

After you complete your mandatory check-in, your health insurance coverage will begin on your I-20 or DS-2019 start state. The mandatory check-ins for Winter Term 2023 will be online.

Can new students who arrive on campus before their I-20 or DS-2019 start date start their insurance coverage early?

Yes, if you arrive on campus early, you can start your insurance coverage early as long as the new start date is in the same month as your I-20 or DS-2019 start date. For example, if your I-20 start date is January 4, the earliest that you can start your insurance is January 1. If you would like to do this, email ihi@umich.edu to request an earlier start date.

I am not going to return to U-M for the Winter Term because I am studying remotely from outside the U.S. Can I cancel my insurance?

If you will be out of the U.S. for at least three calendar months, you may apply for a waiver of your required health insurance.

I am a new student but will study remotely from outside the U.S. during Winter Term 2023. Am I required to have health insurance?

No. Once you have decided when you come to campus, U-M will send you an I-20 or DS-2019 form with a start date appropriate for your first on-campus term. After you come to campus and complete your mandatory check-in, your insurance will begin on the I-20 or DS-2019 start date. For example, if you decide to come to campus for Fall Term 2023, your I-20 or DS-2019 will have an August start date and your insurance will begin on that date.

 

Last Updated: 12/05/2022