International Health Insurance

International Health Insurance Requirements

DEADLINE for submission: JANUARY 13, 2014

It is university policy that:

  1. University attendance policy mandates that all international students must purchase the school sponsored U.S.-based health insurance plan. However, students may request a waiver if they carry a U.S.-based health insurance plan or have OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) insurance coverage.
  2. Students who have OHIP health insurance and would like to request a waiver must submit a copy of their health insurance card and a signed Form 1 Insurance waiver to health services for approval. No other Canadian health insurance plans will be granted a waiver. Deadline to submit such a waiver is 30 days prior to the first day of classes.
  3. Students who have a plan through a U.S. based insurance company that can certify their plan meets minimal requirements of the newly established Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in the U.S. may apply for a waiver. Deadline to submit such a waiver is 30 days prior to the first day of classes.
  4. In addition to basic coverage, the student's insurance must provide repatriation and medical evacuation expenses. No international student shall be permitted to check into the residence halls until all of the specified information is part of the student's permanent record. If the insurance policy lapses, the student will be subject to suspension from NU until health coverage is renewed.

Important - Please Review

All international students will automatically be enrolled in the 2013-14 United Healthcare Plan, the university-sponsored insurance plan if the necessary paperwork is not received by the first day of school. Check out the FAQ document here for enrollment and rate information. This fee will be non-refundable. This will ensure that all international students will have appropriate medical coverage on the first day of classes.

To purchase the school sponsored United HealthCare: 

  • Click the Gallagher Koster website (plan administrators).
  • Create an account.
  • Click on "Student Direct Pay Enroll" after you create an account.
  • Choose the coverage option for INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS that includes the time period you will be a student at Niagara and process your payment.
  • It will take 24 hours for your payment to process. AFTER 24 hours, log back into your account to print your insurance card.  
  • You will need to supply the following documents directly to health services:

Ontario, Canada, students must provide the following to health services:

Students not purchasing the school sponsored insurance plan must provide the following to health services: 

  • Certification from your insurance company that they are a U.S.-based plan and that their plan meets minimal requirements of the newly established Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in the U.S.
  • A copy of your insurance card, front and back
  • A completed Form 1 - Insurance Waiver

List of Ontario Health Units

Do not hesitate to call us for assistance at 716.286.8390 or contact us by email at health@niagara.edu.