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Notice For Parents: Required Student Health Insurance

Requirements for Full-time Students

Checklist:

  • A completed Health Form signed and completed by a physician.
  • Documentation of Immunizations on the health form as per NYS law.
  • All students must read the medical information about meningococcal meningitis at our Web site, and complete and return the Meningitis Information Response Form. The information and form can be downloaded. Those who have a SOLAR account and are 18 years of age or older may use SOLAR to submit the response form.
  • All full-time students must have health insurance coverage at all times without exception. Stony Brook offers a health insurance plan for all full-time domestic students that meets this requirement. This plan pays for most medically necessary bills, such as doctor visits, mental health counseling, prescriptions, emergency room, lab testing, diagnostic testing, surgery, hospitalization, etc. The plan covers our students anywhere in the world, every day, no matter whether on campus or on semester breaks.
This policy pays up to $500,000 for each illness and injury per year. Of course, there is the unusual possibility that illness or injury costs could exceed $500,000. Medical costs beyond the $500,000 limit will not be paid by this plan.

You must contact the insurance office immediately if you lose your insurance coverage after the waiver period: (631) 632-6331.

All students must review their health insurance policies every six months to determine the date when the student may "age out" of the policy. It is mandatory that the insurance office be informed as soon as you are aware of this aging-out date, so we may enroll the student in the University plan immediately.

All full-time students at Stony Brook are automatically billed for the University Health Insurance plan at the beginning of each semester.

Waivers for this insurance plan are approved only if the student already has alternate health insurance in place and completes a waiver online (on SOLAR) at the beginning of the semester. Your alternate insurance must cover you for the following medical services if you wish to waive the University insurance:

  • Inpatient hospitalization
  • Outpatient mental health visits
  • Prescription medicines
  • Self injury and suicide attempts
  • Pre-existing medical conditions

To file a waiver the student must go to the SOLAR main page, and click on "Student Financial Services," and then on "Health Insurance Waivers." Waivers must be completed by the third week of classes at the start of every academic year. Waivers are not accepted after the due date. All waivers are subject to an audit during the school year.

For complete information about the required health insurance plan please go to aetnastudenthealth.com (policy number 890444).

Student Health Insurance Waiver Denial Appeals Policy
The Stony Brook University Student Health Insurance Office makes the initial determination if a full-time student has alternative coverage sufficient to meet the University’s health insurance requirement and, therefore, to qualify for a waiver from the University sponsored health insurance plan. The determination is usually made on the basis of the information provided in the online waiver, but additional documentation may be requested of the student.

In the event that a waiver is not granted, regardless of the reason, and a student wishes to appeal the decision, they may do so by completing a Request for Appeal of Waiver Denial form and submitting it to the Student Health Service Medical Director. The student must supply both current mail and email addresses, and will be notified to those addresses of the decision by the Office of the Medical Director. If the Medical Director denies an appeal based on medical factors, that decision will be final.

If the appeal is based on non-medical factors, the student may complete and submit a Request for Final Appeal of Waiver Denial form to the Student Health Insurance Appeals Committee through the FSA Customer Advocate. This Committee is appointed by the Vice President of Student Affairs and shall be composed of three members, at least two of whom are students. None of the members of this Committee shall have duties otherwise related to the Student Health Insurance Office. This final appeal must be received by the Office of the FSA Customer Advocate no later than ten (10) days from the date the decision notice of the Student Health Services Medical Director was received.

The Student Health Insurance Appeals Committee will make a determination and notify the student of its decision, with copies to the Offices of the Dean of Students and the FSA Executive Director. The decision of the Appeals Committee will be final in this matter.

*Click here for information about the insurance plan for international students.

**Students enrolled in the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing and all clinical programs in the school of Health Technology and Management will be billed for a rider that covers potential clinical incidents. For more information about this additional coverage, contact the Student Health Insurance Office, or your School’s Dean of Students Office.

Payment of the SUNY Stony Brook Infirmary Fee—Required
The fee covers comprehensive health services for both medical and mental health problems, for students and visiting scholars. It is not a substitute for health insurance. The Student Health Service building is the only location on campus where the mandatory health fee can be used. Medical Services that are beyond the scope of the Student Health Service can be obtained either at University Hospital Medical Center or through other medical providers in the community. However, the infirmary fee will not cover the cost of any medical services outside the Student Health Service Building. Call (631) 632-6740 for further information.

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Requirements for Part-time Students

Checklist:

Some part-time students may be eligible for the health insurance plan under special circumstances. Please contact the Insurance Office at (631) 632-6331 by the third week of classes for information regarding eligibility and for an enrollment form.

All students are required to pay the SUNY Stony Brook Infirmary Fee
The fee covers comprehensive health services for both medical and mental health problems, for students and visiting scholars. It is not a substitute for health insurance. The Student Health Service building is the only location on campus where the mandatory health fee can be used. Medical Services that are beyond the scope of the Student Health Service can be obtained either at University Hospital Medical Center or through other medical providers in the community. However, the infirmary fee will not cover the cost of any medical services outside the Student Health Service Building. Call (631) 632-6740 for further information.

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