Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Health Insurance Policy

As an academic health center, Jefferson requires all matriculated students to have health insurance, and to complete the enrollment/waiver process for each academic year.*  If you have health insurance through another provider, it must meet the stated minimum requirements to qualify for a waiver.  If you do not have coverage through another provider that meets the minimum requirements, then you must enroll in the College-sponsored student health insurance plan.  Once enrolled, the plan will be in effect for the entire academic year. You may only terminate the insurance coverage if you have a qualifying life change event.

2015-16 Minimum Requirements

In order to qualify for a waiver:

1. A student’s insurance plan must be one of the following:

  • An employer-based plan through a parent, spouse or own employment.
  •  An individual plan purchased through a government exchange or directly through a carrier at the Gold equivalent or Platinum equivalent level of coverage.  Gold equivalent level plans will provide minimum coverage of 80% of costs, while Platinum equivalent plans will provide minimum coverage of 90% of costs. 
  • A plan provided via Medicaid or Veterans Affairs.

2.  If the plan originates outside of the Philadelphia area, the student must have the ability to access providers in the areas of their current residence, without disruption to their academic responsibilities, while attending Thomas Jefferson University.

The University reserves the right to audit all waivers in order to ensure compliance with the minimum requirements. Please be sure to retain a copy of your insurance policy as you may be asked to provide this documentation.

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* Dates may vary by academic program.

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