Health insurance is required for all enrolled students by the university and all J visa holders (J-1 students, scholars, and their dependents) are required by U.S. federal law to have health insurance which meets minimum standards set by the government.
Health insurance is a necessity for everyone living in the US because of the high cost of routine and emergency health care, and prescription medication is extremely expensive.
Important Note: International students and scholars are not eligible for public benefits available to many U.S. citizens with low incomes. Accepting any such public benefits can cause you to lose your legal status in the U.S. and create a bar to your re-entry to this country.
Review detailed information about health insurance on the University Health Services website. Additional information about requirements for international students and scholars may be found on the Pre-Arrival section of the OIE website.