Important Orientation Information
Questions about COVID-19 Testing
Regular testing every two weeks is covered by the Return to Learn program. UCSD SHIP provides coverage for additional COVID-19 testing. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact Student Health Services at 858-534-3300 or send a message through your "MyStudentChart". If you have questions about COVID testing coverage or sites to be tested at, please call Anthem Blue Cross at 1-866-940-8306 and a representative will assist you.
How to contact Student Health Insurance
The Insurance Department on campus at Student Health is available if you have any questions by:
If you plan to have a scheduled appointment with a provider outside of Student Health on campus, you need to secure a referral before going to the appointment. Please call Insurance at 858-534-2124 and we will assist you in getting an urgent referral offsite and provide you with information on how to find contracted providers. No referral is required for urgent care, emergency room, dental, or vision care.
If you have questions regarding billing for services at UCSD Health System, please call them at 855-827-3633.
If you have questions about your benefits and coverage under SHIP, please call Anthem Blue Cross PPO at 866-940-8306.
Health Fee (SHIP) Waivers
If you have questions about a waiver denial or changes to your coverage, please call us at 858-534-2124 or email SHIP3@ucsd.edu ASAP.
What is UC SHIP?
In 2011, the UC Regents made health insurance a mandatory non-academic condition for enrollment. To ensure that all students have adequate health care coverage, including ongoing primary and specialty care, and to satisfy the mandatory health insurance requirement, UCSD automatically enrolls all registered students into UC SHIP.
UC SHIP is a student-focused benefits package for UCSD graduate and undergraduate students, including strong medical, behavioral health, pharmacy, dental, and vision care benefits. UC SHIP is compliant with the Affordable Care Act requirements and works to complement your care at the Student Health Services right on campus. Enrollment is automatic for registered students; waiver application is also available. Learn more about UC SHIP!
UC SHIP - Comprehensive, Quality Care at an Affordable Price
Affordable Care Act (ACA) and UC SHIP TIP SHEET
Letter from the UC Office of the President.
How am I enrolled in UC SHIP?
Each quarter that you enroll in classes at UCSD, your student billing account is automatically charged the fee for UC SHIP, and this appears on your e-bill statement as a separate charge. If you are already covered by another insurance plan and wish to opt out of UC SHIP and have the UC SHIP fee waived, you must apply for a
Health Fee Waiver through TritonLink. A new waiver must be submitted for each academic year.
Read How to Waive UC SHIP for more information about the Health Fee Waiver process, including waiver deadlines & waiver criteria.
How much does UC SHIP cost?
Undergraduate students: $692.00 per quarter
Graduate and Professional students: $1,285.00 per quarter
The fee is charged to your student billing account along with other mandatory registration fees each quarter (Fall 2020, Winter 2021 and Spring 2021). Coverage for Summer 2021 is included in the cost for Spring quarter. Students enrolled in UC SHIP for Spring quarter have continued coverage for the Summer, up to the start of fall quarter.
When does UC SHIP coverage begin and end?
2020 - 2021:
- Fall: 9/28/2020 - 1/3/2021
- Winter: 1/4/2021 - 3/23/2021
- Spring: 3/24/2021 - 9/19/2021
If you are part of an Early Start program, please contact your department advisor for further assistance.
Be sure to check the menu items on the left for specific information about each plan.
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