Health Plan Coverage After Leaving the University
Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) Short-term Extension
When a student loses eligibility for the SHBP, they have the option to enroll in a short-term coverage extension. The short-term coverage extension continues Student Health Benefit Plan coverage through the end of the month in which the student loses eligibility (example: if a student graduates fall semester and enrolls in the short-term coverage extension, their coverage would continue through January 31 instead of January 15). The cost for short-term coverage extension is $175.
After the short-term coverage extension has ended, students may seek coverage through other sponsored plans or the health insurance marketplace. Students who are Minnesota residents can use MNSure to find coverage. The MNSure health insurance marketplace’s open enrollment is November 1 through January 14, 2018. However, if you need coverage beginning January 1, you’ll have until December 20, 2017 to enroll in a plan. If you enroll in a plan between December 21, 2017 and January 14, 2018, it will start on February 1, 2018.
Please note, other coverage options may not include on-campus health services, such as Boynton Health, in their network of providers. Be sure to check the provider network for a plan before enrolling.
You are eligible for the short-term coverage extension after losing eligibility for the SHBP and if you were enrolled in the SHBP for the prior semester.
Students are eligible to enroll until the last day of the prior semester coverage. For coverage ending after fall semester 2017, students must enroll by January 15, 2018 to extend coverage to January 31, 2018.
To request enrollment, complete an enrollment form and return it to the Office of Student Health Benefits.