International Faculty & Visiting Scholars
You MUST have the SUNY International Health Insurance coverage while researching, studying, or teaching at Stony Brook University.
United States Federal Law requires you have adequate insurance coverage while in the United States in J-1 or J-2 status. If you become a regular paid employee of the University, you can enroll in the coverage offered through the Human Resources office located in Suite 390, Administration. Please note: J-1 scholars must continue to purchase MedEx insurance for the entire period of stay in J-1 status.
Frequently Asked Questions
- J-1 scholars who fail to maintain required medical insurance and MedEx insurance for themselves and their J-2 dependents will be terminated in SEVIS and be required to leave the United States.
- It is the responsibility of the J-1 scholar to maintain insurance coverage throughout their stay in the United States.
- Program sponsors are required to terminate SEVIS records for any J-1 scholar and their J-2 family members if the required insurance is not maintained.
MedEx Insurance Coverage
- Medical Evacuation
- Medically Necessary Repatriation
- Repatriation of remains
- Bedside Benefits
- Family Airfare expense
Note: Medical Evacuation and repatriation insurance coverage is required by J- Exchange Visitor Regulations. It is mandatory for J-1 scholars and their dependents in J-2 status.
You may have an insurance plan through your home country or another source, however, the University health insurance plan is mandatory for you.
No. The mandatory plan does NOT pay for dental procedures like x-rays, fillings, extractions, etc.
It also does NOT pay for vision (eye) exams, eyeglasses, or contact lenses
If you leave the U.S. briefly you will remain on our health insurance plan if your visa is active.
How to Enroll
When you arrive, contact Visa and Immigration Services located in the Melville Library E5310. They will fill out an insurance enrollment form with you. You may pay for the health insurance by check, cash or credit card at the Bursar’s Office, located in the main lobby of the Administration Building. If you wish to enroll a dependent, complete an enrollment form. You may pay online at uhcsr.com/school-page
Once you are enrolled in the health insurance plan, you will receive information directly
United Healthcare and instructions on how to print your insurance card.
You may use the student health center if you bring a letter from your department on letterhead and a check for $169 made out to Student Health Services. This fee will be good for the semester*.
*Fee subject to change.
United Healthcare Policy Information
To check claims status, ask benefit questions, locater a provider inside the USA, obtain a Visa letter, or to inquire about specific drug coverage under this policy : 888-714-6544 or email@example.com
For medical providers inside the USA, please click here: UHC Options
To create or login to your UHC student account, please visit myaccount.uhcsr.com or download their mobile app from your smartphone (UHCSR Mobile App) available on the App Store or Google play
To locate a Provider/Pharmacy outside the USA and for emergencies abroad: 844-249-0748 (24/7)
Optional Practical Training Participants (OPT)
Once you graduate from Stony Brook and obtain OPT status, you may continue your international student health insurance plan. You cannot have any lapse of insurance coverage between the mandatory insurance and this extension plan.
If you wish to do this, you may apply at the Health Insurance Office at East Side Dining, Room 157. Be sure to bring a copy of your I-20 pages 1 & 3 and your EAD card. Please contact the insurance office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (631) 632-6054 with any questions.
As an OPT participant, you will have a $50 deductible for every NEW medical problem for which you need medical services. This deductible cannot be waived. In addition, you can no longer use Student Health Services once you begin the OPT insurance coverage.