Student Health Insurance Premium

Every year, the University System of Georgia and Savannah State University works hard to obtain the most competitive rates and most valuable benefits for students enrolled in the USG Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). COVID-19 has, once again, highlighted the importance of the plan as a valuable healthcare and pharmacy benefit and we are happy to provide this coverage option for all of our students. There are no changes to plan benefits for the 2022-2023 Academic Year. There will be a premium increase of 10.5% across all categories of students and enrollees – or a $21.16 per month increase for the mandatory student only category and $29.66 per month increase for the voluntary student only category. This increase is due to the increase in claims costs related to COVID-19 testing, treatment, and pharmacy services. Additionally, utilization of benefits remained high in some categories, such as mental health, and there was an increase in costs for treatment for serious medical conditions. The University System of Georgia worked closely with our broker to negotiate the lowest premiums and our advisory committee to provide feedback on the plan changes.

Students currently enrolled in a University System of Georgia school may enroll in the Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) if they meet these eligibility and minimum requirements. If they do not meet these requirements, students can opt-in to voluntary insurance plans (healthcare, dental, vision, and/or global travel) through the United Healthcare portal. Voluntary plans cannot be assessed to any student account. They need to be paid at time of enrollment, via credit card or electronic check to United Healthcare. Voluntary plans are non-refundable, regardless of enrollment status. 

All institutions of the University of System of Georgia are required to participate in the SHIP. Rates are set by the University System of Georgia, usually the first week of May for the following academic year. Coverage dates span from Summer: June 1- July 31, Fall: August 1- December 31, and Spring: January 1- May 31. United Healthcare separates their plan and waivers based on Domestic or International student status. Domestic means that you live (outside of attending the university) in the United States. 

To learn more about how to enroll in the University System of Georgia’s Student Health Insurance Policy, please visit United Healthcare and enter your school’s name to navigate to specific information regarding the enrollment process on your campus. 

Mandatory Student Health Insurance Plan

Mandatory Student Health Insurance Plan (Domestic Students)
Fall 2022 $1,120.00
Spring-Summer 2023 $1,551.00

 

Mandatory Student Health Insurance Plan (International Students)
Fall 2022 $1,120.00
Spring 2023 $988.00
Summer 2023 $563.00

Intercollegic Sports Rider Plan

Athletic students will be charged for both the Mandatory Student Health Insurance Plan charge and the Intercollegic Sports Rider Insurance Plan charge. If a waiver is approved, it will waive both charges. This plan covers injuries specific to university athletic programs that regular health insurances do not cover. 

Intercollegic Sports Rider (Athletic Coverage)
Fall 2022 $849.00
Spring-Summer 2023 $1,176.00

Voluntary Health Plan

Student 's optional medical voluntary plan. Prices are determined by plans.
Medical - Domestic Voluntary Student Only $3,744.00
Medical - Domestic Voluntary +Spouse $4,118.00
Medical - Domestic Voluntary +Child $8,237.00
Medical - Domestic Voluntary +Dependents

$12,355.00

Premiums are charged on a per semester basis.  

Student Waiver Process

The following students are required to have student health insurance that meets the minimum standards set by the University System of Georgia. Students in these categories who are not covered by a policy held by a parent, spouse, employer, or if the policy does not meet the minimum standards, will be charged for a USG Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) policy.

Students who fall into one of these categories and are already covered by an insurance policy (i.e. through parent plans, family plans or employer-sponsored plans) can easily opt-out of the plan through a secure online process. Once the information has been verified, all charges will be waived.

Starting Fall 2022, students can request an appeal to the denied decision from United Healthcare. If your request to waive the insurance is denied, you can request to appeal the decision in the same notice you received the denial. You must complete the appeal in the United Healthcare portal. The appeal decision is the final decision on all waivers, due to its validation from a third-party source to compare your insurance with the required plans. 

Students (both undergraduate and graduate) who fail to submit creditable health insurance information will automatically be enrolled in the system-wide student health insurance plan. The waiver periods are strictly enforced. Waivers are valid for one semester only. Students will have to submit a new waiver each semester. 

The University System of Georgia requires all students in the above categories to have reasonable, comparable, creditable coverage to the current system-wide student health insurance plan provided. The following minimum benefits must be included in your plan to be considered for a waiver.

International Students in the F-1 and J-1 student or scholar statuses must have a minimum of the following benefits:

Domestic Students must have a minimum of the following benefits:

**To meet the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements, your health plan should have no annual benefit limits. (These requirements are based on the federally-mandated requirements of the ACA.)

Georgia mandates coverage for the following benefits to be paid as any other sickness:

Mammography, PAP Smears, Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Tests, Chlamydia Screening, Mastectomy, Bone Mass Measurement, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Dental Anesthesia, Diabetes, Surveillance Tests for Ovarian Cancer, Telemedicine, Drug Treatment of Children’s Cancer, Bone Marrow Transplants, Postpartum Care, and Mental Illness.

Students who already have comparable insurance coverage can apply to waive the insurance requirement. A comparable plan is one that meets the minimum requirements indicated in the above list. Your plan will be verified to determine if your coverage meets the minimum requirements.

To apply for a mandatory insurance waiver go to United Healthcare Student Resources’ website, search for Savannah State University, and select Continue. On the next webpage, there will be a Domestic or International Hard Waiver Form link, select Explore, select Get Started, select the category that best describes why you were assessed insurance, select Next, and then Continue. This logic will direct you to that category's insurance information. If you do not see your information there, review your student account to ensure you have been charged for the SHIP for more than 24 hours. Our student system updates insurance in United Healthcare every 24 hours for both uploading insurance and waivers onto a student account. 

WAIVER PERIODS ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED! 

Waivers are valid for one semester only. Students will have to submit a new waiver each semester. If you do not apply for a waiver, your waiver is declined, denied, or not submitted successfully, you will automatically be enrolled in the plan at the end of the waiver period and charged accordingly. The charge(s) will not be removed or waived at that time.