Required Health Insurance
F-1 Visa-holding International Students
Accidents happen and it's best to be prepared. Health care in the U.S. is extremely expensive and there are a lot of insufficient health insurance plans on the market. The Center for International Education (CIE) has researched best options and is happy to have a specific health insurance plan for international students offered by United Healthcare Student Resources (starting 9/1/2022).
It is critical that you have this specific plan to ensure access to health care that meets our minimum expectations. All charges will be added to your student account. Payment is due on the same date as tuition and fees.
Important: Coverage begins your first semester at Madison College and ends when CIE no longer supports your F-1 visa status. Please be aware that you will be covered and expected to pay the premium for summer, even if you are not taking classes or are traveling abroad during that time.
Waiver Process: The cost of group insurance will be added to your student account each semester. At the start of each term, you will have the option to waive insurance coverage. A waiver will be approved only if you meet ALL the eligibility requirements. The waiver is not considered approved until CIE gets final notification from the insurance company, after which the insurance fee will be removed from your student account.
Dependent Insurance: CIE strongly recommends additional health insurance coverage is purchased for dependents (spouse and/or children) who are in the U.S. with you. After enrolling in United Healthcare coverage, you can request dependent coverage through your United Healthcare Student Resources account and pay the additional fees associated with this request to United Healthcare Student Resources at that time.
Average Health Care Costs Without Insurance
- Routine office visit = $250+
- Blood test = $600+
- Emergency room visit = $500+
- Ambulance ride = $750+
- MRI = $3,000+
Terms to Know
- Insurance Plan = An affordable way to help you pay for your health care needs
- Provider = A doctor, physician, or health care professional
- Network = The health care locations and providers your health insurance plan has contracted with to provide health care services
- Claims = A request to the insurance company asking for payment of health care services based on the terms of the insurance plan
Primary Care Practitioner
With our new health insurance provider, United Healthcare Student Resources, there are now many options not only in Madison but throughout Wisconsin and the United States for primary care, specialty care and emergencies. We recommend you find a primary care provider as soon as possible. You can find a Primary Care Practitioner closest to you through your United Healthcare Student Resources account.
Urgent Care - Non-Life Threatening Issues*
- UW Health - Union Corner's Urgent Care Clinic
2402 Winnebago Street, Madison | Phone: (608) 242-6855
Emergency Room - Critical or Life Threatening Emergencies*
- University of WI Hospital and Clinics
4602 Eastpark Boulevard, Madison | Phone: (608) 440-6400
- UnityPoint Health - Meriter Hospital
202 S. Park Street, Madison | Phone: (608) 417-6200
*Please note that the urgent care and emergency care options listed above are one of many options offered through United Healthcare Student Resources.
Mental Health Counseling 24-Hour Helpline:
- (608) 280-2600
Suicide Prevention Crisis Lifeline:
- Or text the word "CONNECT" to 741741