Student Health Insurance
Academic Health Plans
Mandatory Student Insurance and Waiver
- All students enrolled in a program, on campus or online, that has clinical requirements must maintain health insurance coverage. Though the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences does not have a clinical component, they also require that students enrolled in their programs have health insurance.
- In order to ensure coverage, students provide proof of coverage each semester. Students who provide sufficient proof of coverage receive a waiver from the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. If the student cannot provide proof of health insurance coverage, the student must enroll in the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan.
- Academic Health Plans (AHP) is the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan and administer the plan for TTUHSC.
- Students without an approved waiver for the Student Health Insurance Plan are required to enroll and pay premium to AHP directly.
The purpose of the health Insurance requirement is to ensure coverage of major medical, emergency care, specialty care, and pharmacy services. Students should note many of the facilities where students receive clinical training require each student to be covered by health insurance. Hospital or clinic personnel may ask for proof of coverage at any time. Students may be denied access to clinical experience, at the discretion of the facility, if not covered by health insurance. Student Health Insurance Plans provide value for students due to robust and broad coverage, often at half the cost of comparable employee plans.
Students will receive an email with instructions for how to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan or submit a waiver from their School and/or AHP. All communication about the insurance requirement and Student Health Insurance Plans is sent directly to the student using the contact information that is on file with the University.
To enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan:
- Go to https://ttuhsc.myahpcare.com/enrollment.
- Click the “Click Here to Enroll” link under your student classification.
- If you have not created an account, click Register to establish a username and password. Otherwise, sign in with your existing username and password.
- Continue to fill out the form until complete.
- You are also given the option to add dependents during the enrollment process.
It is important to note that the premium charge WILL NOT be posted on the student’s tuition and fee bill from TTUHSC. The SHIP premium charge will be billed directly to the student. Students must adhere to the billing deadlines and guidelines of the Student Health Insurance Plan.
Students who do not wish to retain the Student Health Insurance Plan must file an online waiver with AHP each academic semester. A waiver is required each semester, without exception. The waiver must be submitted online by the designated deadline. Providing insurance information at the University Health Center does not substitute for the waiver requirement. If no waiver is received, a registration hold will be placed on the student’s record and will be unable to register until the waiver is submitted online or the Student Health Insurance Plan is purchased.
For a waiver to be approved, the level of benefits provided to the student through a health insurance plan must be fully compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Cost sharing plans do not meet the health insurance coverage requirement. Coverage is considered comparable if it provides students with access to local providers and a range of services in the state of Texas. Services include, but are not limited to, preventive and non-urgent care, emergency care, surgical care, inpatient and outpatient hospitalization, lab work, diagnostic X-rays, physical therapy and chiropractic care, prescription drugs, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.
To submit a waiver:
- Go to ttuhsc.myahpcare.com/waiver.
- Review the waiver criteria.
- Click on your classification to submit your waiver.
- On the login page, students will enter their TTUHSC student ID in R1234567 format as their username and their date of birth in MMDDYYYY format as the initial password unless previously changed. Students are then taken to the student dashboard screen.
- Click the blue button to “Waive 20-21 Coverage”.
- Fill out alternative health insurance information and submit.
The Hard Waiver process has been reviewed and approved by the TTUHSC Office of the General Counsel and Executive Student Affairs Workgroup.
Frequently Asked Questions
Health insurance is required for all students, but you do not have to purchase the plan available through Academic Health Plans. You may instead waive the plan with proof of adequate coverage elsewhere.
Yes, there are options to add coverage for your spouse or any dependents.
You can visit the AHP enrollment page at https://ttuhsc.myahpcare.com/enrollment to purchase a plan for yourself, your spouse, and any dependents.
There are specific enrollment periods for each coverage period. You can visit the AHP website to see the specific dates.
Payment for the AHP insurance plan is due in full each semester.
If you have lost health coverage after an enrollment period has closed, you are eligible to file a "Qualifying Event" application for coverage. You will need to provide a letter from your previous health insurance provider stating the specific date when your coverage ended.
Other qualifying events include, but are not limited to:
- Birth or adoption of a child
- Loss of a spouse, whether by death, divorce, annulment or legal separation.
Yes. The student health insurance plan gives you access to Academic Emergency Services (AES), which provides you with coverage if you are over 100 miles from home, or are outside your home country. AES offers a wide range of services and benefits, such as help with finding an adequate doctor in an unfamiliar location and getting a prescription when away from home. They also can provide assistance with getting a family member or friend to you if you are hospitalized, or getting you home if you have an illness or death in the family.
If you are sick while at school, you can visit the clinic which your campus has contracted (Student Health Brochure). Distance learning students who have AHP insurance may visit a clinic/urgent care center in their nearby vicinity.
If you are experience a life threatening illness or emergency, please visit the Emergency Room at the hospital closest to you.
It is very important to make sure when you are visiting a doctor, hospital, or urgent care center that they accept Aetna and are also in network with your plan.
To check, you can call the office of the location you are visiting and ask if they take Aetna insurance and if they are in network. You can also visit the AHP website to utilize their "Find a Doctor" tool under benefits.
Academic Health Plans
1-855-357-0241 (TTUHSC Dedicated Line)