International Student Health Insurance & Medical Records

The University of Wisconsin System Policy requires all students to have health insurance and recommends students to submit an immunization record.

Health Insurance

Students
International students who register for classes are automatically enrolled in the UWM international student health insurance policy (which is approved by the University of Wisconsin System). Health insurance is mandatory, and students may not substitute another insurance policy for the UWM approved insurance policy.

  • UWM will enroll you in the plan
  • You will have a charge on your university PAWS account each semester for health insurance
  • The total cost for the academic year 2019-20 will be $1,640

Charges for health insurance are by semester:

Fall 2019(Coverage dates are August 5, 2019 – January 14, 2020)

  • $730.00 charge on your Fall tuition bill

Spring/Summer 2019 (Coverage dates are January 15, 2020 – August 4, 2020) 

  • $909.00 charge on your Spring tuition bill
  • There will be no partial Summer Premium refund (as there has been in the past) for this coverage period.

If you have any questions, please email ISSS’s Insurance Coordinator, Che Huewitt at chuewitt@uwm.edu.

Health Insurance Plan Brochure

Details of coverage for the University of Wisconsin System International Student Health Insurance Plan

Graduate Students with UWM Assistantships or UWM Fellowships

If you have an assistantship or fellowship award which provides UWM employee health insurance, you are required to enroll in the supplemental evacuation & repatriation policy provided by UWM. Action is required on your part because if you do nothing, you will be enrolled in the general UWM international student health insurance policy.

You need to take the following steps:

  1. Enroll in the health insurance plan offered by your assistantship in Englemann Hall room 125 within 30 days of your contract start date.
  2. Complete the web-form & upload your Graduate Assistantship & date stamped benefits application or enrollment confirmation.

After you complete those steps, your PAWS account will be charged $80.00, and CIE will enroll you in one full year of coverage in the supplemental evacuation & repatriation policy.

Students Sponsored by Home-Government or Other Education Program

If your home government or another agency is sponsoring your education and also providing you with health insurance benefits for the duration of your study, please submit the documentation of your sponsorship and health insurance to Che Huewitt at chuewitt@uwm.eduAction is required on your part because if you do nothing, you will be enrolled in the general UWM international student health insurance policy.

A waiver for your required participation in the UWM international student health insurance policy is not automatically granted. Your documentation will be reviewed, and if your health insurance meets the UW System requirements for international student health care coverage, we will waive the requirement of your enrollment in the UWM international student health insurance policy.

Students who have an F-1 visa and who receive health care insurance from a spouse or parent's U.S. employer

If you are on an F-1 visa and you have health insurance from your spouse’s U.S. employer, you need to do the following:

  1. Complete the web form & upload the front and back of your current insurance card and/or any documentation pertaining to your plan’s effective & termination dates or policy terms

A waiver for your required participation in the UWM international student health insurance policy is not automatically granted. Your documentation will be reviewed, and if your health insurance meets the UW System requirements for international student health care coverage, we will waive the requirement of your enrollment in the UWM international student health insurance policy.

If you receive a waiver for the UWM international student health insurance policy, you will need to have a supplemental evacuation & repatriation policy. your PAWS account will be charged $80.00 and CIE will enroll you in one full year of coverage in the supplemental evacuation & repatriation policy.

Note: The mandatory health insurance coverage for international students meets the federal government Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements and the University of Wisconsin System Policy.

Medical Records

UWM strongly recommends newly admitted students submit an immunization record to Norris Health Center when they arrive on campus. Please refer to the University Recommended Immunizations to see which vaccinations are recommended. While you are not required to have immunizations, if you have had them in the past, you must show this on your immunization record. As per the housing contracts-

Vaccinations and Hygiene Wisconsin law [sec. 36.25(46)] requires students who reside in the Residence Halls to affirm whether they have received vaccination against meningococcal disease and hepatitis B, and to provide the dates of vaccination, if any. While living in the Residence Halls, you are responsible for your own self-care including appropriate personal hygiene, physical and mental health, management of medical conditions or illnesses, and other personal needs. You are expected to utilize the various resources available to you to provide this care for yourself. If you are unable to meet these self-care expectations and/or you cause harm to yourself or others, you may be asked to adhere to an action plan and/or vacate the Residence Halls.