University of Hawaii Endorsed Insurance Plans
Spring 2013 student health insurance purchasing deadline will be February 4, 2013! No exceptions. As a bonus, students enrolled in the plan in the Spring 2013 semester are eligible to continue and pay for coverage in the Summer (2013) without being required to take summer classes!
Spring 2013 student health insurance coverage may be purchased from December 3 thru February 4, 2012. Application must be completed and postmarked by the deadline. You may also go to www.HMSA.com/portal/student for more information or to apply online and pay by credit card ($10 online enrollment fee will apply).
General Information on UH Endorsed Insurance Plans
- Must be enrolled at either the University of Hawai`i or Chaminade University
- Students with 6 credits or more are eligible to enroll.
- Brochures are available at the Health Office in mid-to-late July for the upcoming school year.
- Coverage is for the academic school year and starts August 20 and ends August 19 the following year.
- Apply for the full year or by the semester and/or for the summer.
The UH Student Health Insurance Committee encourages students to think about their health insurance needs. Lack of adequate insurance coverage may be financially devastating in the event of a major illness or accident. Medical costs can be a burden even in the case of a minor illness. Consequently, the purchase of medical insurance should not be considered "extra", but rather should be viewed as a cost of daily living, in the same way as housing, food, and transportation. Please be aware that medical insurance is considered a legitimate cost of education for purposes of financial aid and should be listed on your financial aid application.
2012-2013 Academic Year Plan
Enrollment will begin on July 20.
Student Health Insurance information and applications will become available at the Health Office as well as on the HMSA website in mid-to-late July.
The University of Hawai`i and Chaminade have selected Hawaii Medical Service Association - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Hawaii (HMSA) to provide student health insurance for UH students for the upcoming academic year. If you do not already have health insurance coverage, we strongly recommend that you consider enrolling in this plan.
Deadlines to pay are firm and payments should be made by mail, direct to HMSA's office, or online (additional fee applies to online payment) prior to these deadlines.
* Please note that Fall 2011 deadlines are confirmed. Spring & Summer 2012 deadlines are not confirmed.
|Fall 2012||Spring 2013||Summer 2013|
|Enrollment Begins||July 20, 2012||December 3, 2012||April 22, 2013|
|Enrollment Deadline||September 17, 2012||February 4, 2013||June 7, 2012|
|Coverage Period||August 20 - December 31, 2012||January 1 - May 19, 2013||May 20 - August 19, 2013|
Click on the appropriate links to HMSA's website for more detailed information on:
- Call HMSA at (808) 948-5555, Option 1 or toll-free at 1-800-620-4672
- Visit them at the nearest HMSA office to make your payment.
- Visit their general HMSA website homepage at for services HMSA offers.
- Visit HMSA's UH-Chaminade webpage for eligibility, benefits, cost, enrollment procedures, application forms.
- Visit HMSA's UH-Chaminade FAQ webpage for answers to commonly asked questions regarding obtaining student health insurance.
- HMSA's Online Care Program is a new online health care system that allows you to talk to a local physician or specialist from HMSA's PPO network. You can have a discussion live via the Web or telephone. Services are immediate, secure, private, affordable and an appointment is not required. For HMSA members, the cost is $10 for each regular 10-minute session. For non-HMSA members, the cost is $45 for each regular 10-minute session.
- Find a participating provider with HMSA
Frequently Asked Questions
Specific questions regarding the HMSA plan are addressed on HMSA's UH-Chaminade's FAQ webpage. You may also speak to an HMSA representative at 948-5555, Option 1 or toll-free at 1-800-620-4672 regarding our UH-Chaminade Student Health Insurance Plan.
Q: Can I switch my benefit plan option in the Spring semester?
A: No, you may only change plan options during the open enrollment period, which is the fall semester.
International Student Health Insurance Requirements
Q: Because I'm an international student who was granted a student visa, I am required to show proof of my enrollment in a health insurance plan. What department do I submit proof I have paid for and have a valid health insurance plan?
A: International students should show proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan that meets the requirements set forth by the US Government issuing student visas. Proof of health insurance enrollment should be to the International Student Counselor at the Admissions/Counseling Office.
Q: My parent's employer is requiring me to get a signature from HonCC verifying my enrollment at the College. Where do I go to get this form signed?
A: The Records Office is the department that is responsible for verifying enrollment at the College.
Q: I am not able to be a full-time student and thus cannot qualify to be on my parents' health insurance plan. I want to know what options I have to qualify and obtain health insurance.
A: The student health insurance plan offered to UH-Chaminade students allows students to enroll with a minimum of 6 credits. This is convenient for students who need to work part-time while they attend classes to obtain health insurance coverage. Students may check to see if they might qualify for free or low cost health insurance through the Hawaii State Department of Human Services. Call 211 for more information.
Q: I don't have insurance but need to obtain medical care? What can I do?
A: Student can check with their community health centers in their respective areas or with the health service at UH Manoa. Call for eligibility and available services.
- University Health Services at Manoa: 956-8965
- Kalihi-Palama Health Center: 845-1438
- Ke Ola Mamo (for Native Hawaiians): 848-8000
- Kokua Kalihi Valley Health Center (must live in Kalihi Valley): 791-9400
- Ko`olauloa Community Health and Wellness (Kahuku): 293-9216
- Queen Emma Clinic (Info Line): 547-4582
- Waikiki Health Center: 922-4787
- Waianae Comprehensive Coast Health Center: 696-7081
- Waimanalo Health Center: 259-4787
Q: Are there other insurance plans that students can enroll in?
A: Students may be eligible to continue as a "college student" on their parents' health insurance plan. Families should check with their health insurance carrier or employer about continuing on their current plan or whether they have separate "student" plans for when their child makes 18 years of age and is enrolling in college classes. Many employer plans require that students enrolled under their parents' plan provide verification of full-time status of taking 12 credits or more and there may be an age limit. The UH-Chaminade health insurance plan requires enrollment in a minimum of 6 credits at a UH campus or at Chaminade and has no age limitation, however, student must adhere to the strict enrollment deadline.
Check out the University Health Services webpage featuring Student Insurance FAQs for more frequently asked questions and answers that are commonly being asked to the Student Health Insurance Coordinator at UH Manoa. Visit: http://www.hawaii.edu/shs/images/FAQs%20%282010%20-%202011%29.pdf for more information.
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