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Waiving/Unwaiving Health Insurance


The Spring 2020 waiver period has been extended to April 12th in order to help accommodate students who may have fluctuating plans (in the wake of recent school changes). To check your current waiver status, click on the "Gateway Patient Portal" link in the upper left column of this page.

Each year all students are enrolled in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) automatically. If you are currently insured with a qualifying health plan and do not wish to keep UC SHIP as secondary coverage, you may submit a waiver request. Before you submit a waiver request please be sure your insurance plan meets the Waiver Criteria established by the University of California. The distance requirement is 175 miles from the student’s residence while in Santa Barbara.

Parents and students should seriously consider whether the health insurance you choose will serve the student’s needs at UCSB, especially if the student has no access to private transportation. Students have experienced serious difficulties obtaining healthcare when their primary providers and access to prescriptions are located far from campus.

To waive (opt-out) UC SHIP coverage, the student must upload evidence of health coverage into our secure waiver portal AND receive confirmation that their waiver was accepted. Email confirmation that the waiver was approved will be sent to the student's UCSB email account.

If you would like further information to help you decide if you should waive UC SHIP or stay enrolled, please contact the UCSB Student Health Insurance Office at (805) 893-2592, or by email to shswaivers@sa.ucsb.edu


A NEW WAIVER REQUEST MUST BE SUBMITTED EACH NEW ACADEMIC YEAR (SEE ANNUAL DEADLINES POSTED BELOW). THERE ARE NO AUTOMATIC RENEWALS CARRIED FORWARD FROM YEAR TO YEAR.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WAIVERS ARE IN EFFECT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR AND CANNOT BE CANCELED UNLESS YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF COVERAGE. IF THAT HAPPENS YOU CAN REQUEST A WAIVER CANCELLATION BY REACHING OUT TO THE INSURANCE OFFICE AT UCSB.

WAIVER SUBMISSION DATES:


Quarter       

Waiver Period Opens   

Initial Waiver Deadline  
(no fee)

Waiver Period Closes
(with $50 late fee)


FSSP


April 22, 2019

August 2, 2019

September 1, 2019 (if not used)

TEP


April 22, 2019

June 21, 2019

July 5, 2019 (if not used)

Fall


April 22, 2019

September 1, 2019

September 21, 2019

Winter
  

November 1, 2019

December 1, 2019

January 5, 2020

Spring


February 5, 2020

March 1, 2020

March 29, 2020



FOR WAIVED STUDENTS:
The UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) fee is removed from your BARC account within 5-10 business days of your waiver being approved. If your UC SHIP Health Fee is not removed from your BARC account after 10 business days please contact the Insurance Office. Thank you for your patience!

PLEASE NOTE: The Insurance Office performs routine semi-annual verification of insurance plans for students who were granted a waiver from the mandatory UCSB student health insurance program. Many insurance plans change every January, and those students who fail the verification process will be notified in a series of emails and/or text communications asking for proof of current insurance coverage. If a student does not provide their updated proof of insurance coverage for verification, they will be charged the quarterly premium for enrollment in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) on their next billing statement (BARC) and the student will be enrolled in UC SHIP.

For more information:

Call the Insurance Office at (805) 893-2592 or email your questions to: shswaivers@sa.ucsb.edu