Full time students at Drew are required to have medical insurance and all full-time students will be billed for the student insurance plan on their tuition bill. Students who have comparable insurance coverage can waive out of the student plan ONLINE on the Business Office webpages. Matriculated part-time students who wish to voluntarily purchase the student insurance plan will not be billed automatically and must enroll themselves online.
Before you consider waiving the student plan, please compare the following benefits with your alternate insurance.
- No deductibles, no restrictions on providers, no pre-authorizations required.
- Insurance remains in effect to the end of the policy period if enrolled student takes a leave of absence, graduates or changes to part-time
We strongly recommend that all undergraduate resident students enroll in the student insurance plan, even if they live in New Jersey. This is because many family plans now only cover “true emergencies” when students are away from home, or will restrict specialist consultation, lab work or x-rays to in-network facilities only. This has inconvenienced students and burdened families who are responsible for arranging these services off-campus. Purchasing the student insurance program assures access to local care; eliminates the hassle of pre-authorization from family insurance companies; and reduces paperwork for the students and staff. Having two plans improves options and reduces the risk of any out-of-pocket expenses.
Online enrollment or waiver will be available beginning in July and the deadline for enrollment or waiver is August 5 (exclusive of MFA and MAT students). Students who waive out of the plan online will be able to print out a confirmation of their waiver request. The online address is www.universityhealthplans.com Note: If full-time students do not submit a waiver by the deadline they will be automatically enrolled in the plan.
Obtaining Student Insurance ID cards :
Students who intend to enroll can expedite the receipt of their new insurance cards by enrolling online. The I.D. cards will be mailed from the insurance company to your Drew campus address within 2-3 weeks of your online enrollment.
Please note that students are not required to carry the student plan in order to use Drew Health Service and there is no charge for routine visits with campus physicians and nurse practitioners . However, students who are enrolled in the plan will not be billed for onsite lab tests, physical exams, x-rays, allergy shots, women’s health care and testing, asthma treatments, and many prescription medications that are obtained and dispensed at the Health Service (except travel vaccines not on the adult recommended vaccination schedule).
Joyce Maglione, PhD
Director of Health Service