The healthcare system in your home country may be very different than the healthcare system in the United States. Below are basic health insurance and healthcare tips to introduce you to the U.S. healthcare system.
All students and scholars who are F or J visa holders attending UMKC are required to purchase UMKC medical insurance, Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan, as a part of the enrollment and registration process each term. The student is billed automatically upon registration for classes.
The University’s insurance plan covers or exceeds all typical insurance options outlined by the U.S. government as requirements for foreign students and scholars. Failure to purchase and maintain health insurance may result in the termination of your immigration status.
The rates below are for the 2016-2017 academic year and include both premiums for the plan underwritten by Aetna Life Insurance Company (Aetna) as well as the University of Missouri administrative fee.
|Student and Spouse||$2,910||$1,220||$1,690||$486|
|Student and Child(ren)||$2,910||$1,220||$1,690||$486|
|Student, Spouse and Child(ren)||$4,329||$1,815||$2,514||$723|
If you think you might be eligible for an insurance waiver, please review the Health Insurance Waiver Request Form.
The Insurance Waiver deadline for upcoming terms are:
- Summer 2017 is June 9, 2017
- Fall 2017 is September 5, 2017
- Spring 2018 is January 30, 2018
- Health Insurance is mandatory for the protection of you and your family.
- All students and scholars attending UMKC are REQUIRED to purchase UMKC health insurance as a part of the enrollment and registration process each term. The student is billed automatically upon registration for classes.
- The University’s insurance plan covers or exceeds all typical insurance options outlined by the U.S. Government as requirements for foreign students and scholars. Costs of this insurance are included in expenses listed on your I-20 or DS 2019.
- Failure to purchase and maintain health insurance may result in the termination of your immigration status.
- See Health Insurance for coverage details.
Visiting a Medical Doctor
First stop: Student Health Center
- Location: 4825 Troost, Suite 115
- Visits are free
- All you need to know is your Student ID number
- It is helpful to bring your Student ID with you
- Additional tests and x-rays have costs
- Costs will be billed to your student account
- You should make an appointment
Next stop: Specialists (if required)
- It is very important not to self-refer to specialists, so make sure you have a referral from the Student Health Center before you visit a specialist.
- Make sure to bring your Aetna Health Insurance Card with you.
- If you self-refer, it can be much more expensive.
When visiting the doctor:
- They may have certain expectations of patients:
- Arrive early for your first appointment.
- Provide medical history in paperwork before your appointment.
- They may use language that you are unfamiliar with.
- If this happens, it is OK to tell them that you do not understand.
- They will likely not be familiar with what your expectations of doctors are in your home country.
- Do not be afraid to ask questions if you do not understand all of the information given to you!
- Emergency services can be very expensive in the U.S., so be sure that your situation is a true emergency before you go to an Emergency Room.
- In case of emergency, you can call 911 for an ambulance to the nearest hospital.
- Examples of an emergency: An injury or illness that needs immediate attention, serious bleeding or injury, ingestion of poison or drug overdose, broken bones, severe allergic reactions, or any other health issue that is an immediate threat to someone’s well-being or life.
- At this time, a visit to the eye doctor costs about $45.00 to $100.00 USD, and eyeglasses can cost $200.00 USD or more.
- If you have any eye condition that requires more than corrective eyeglasses, then there will be additional costs that your UMKC insurance plan does not cover.
- To save money, have your eyes examined before you leave home and bring a copy of your prescription with you (written in English), so that you will not have to go to another doctor to replace lost or broken eyeglasses.
- The UMKC medical insurance does not cover the cost of eye care.
- Dental care in the U.S. is very expensive and is not covered by UMKC student health insurance. There is an option to purchase dental insurance from the same provider, Aetna, on a self-contracted plan. Visit Aetna’s UMKC-specific website for more details.
- If you have access to a dentist at home, we suggest that you have your teeth cleaned and fixed before you leave.
- The UMKC School of Dentistry offers excellent Dental Health Care at a reduced rate compared to private practice in Kansas City.
Participating in UMKC Study Abroad programs
- International students may participate in semester long or short-term study abroad programs through UMKC’s International Academic Programs. Outgoing UMKC Study Abroad students, whether they are US citizens or international enrollees, are required to purchase GeoBlue health insurance for the duration of the trip.
Health Services Offered on Campus
- Counseling, Health and Testing Center
- Student Health
- Counseling Center
- Disability Services
- The MindBody Connection
- Aetna Student Insurance
- Aetna: Find a Doctor, Hospital or Pharmacy in your Network
- Insurance application form for J-visa Exchange Scholars
- Insurance application form for F-visa students on OPT
- Prescription reimbursement
- Find a doctor, hospital, or pharmacy that accepts Aetna
- Health Services on Campus
- Aetna Student Health Insurance Summary (PDF)
- Insurance Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
- Health Insurance Waiver Request Form (PDF)