Health Care and Insurance

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of State require that all foreign nationals and their dependents be covered by adequate medical and health insurance while in the United States in Exchange Visitor status.

The insurance must meet certain federal requirements:

  • $50,000 minimum per accident or illness
  • $500 maximum deductible per illness
  • $10,000 provision for medical evacuation
  • $7,500 maximum for repatriation

Please be prepared to show proof of coverage during your check-in with the International Student and Scholars Office (ISSO). If you have not confirmed insurance coverage, ISSO has information identifying insurance companies offering policies meeting at least the minimum requirements of the J-1 program.

You must provide proof of acceptable insurance coverage for you and all dependents, during your check-in appointment with ISSO.

Note: The insurance plan must be in English translation for carrier, if purchased in your home country.