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Student Health Insurance Overview

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  • This website provides information about Vanderbilt’s Student Health Insurance Plan, commonly referred to as SHIP. We encourage you to review the contents of this site to become well informed about your coverage under SHIP. If you have questions, visit the Contact Information section to be connected with support resources.
  • Vanderbilt’s student health insurance plan administrator for the 2020-2021 academic year is Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk. To view information about your 2020-2021 plan, visit gallagherstudent.com/vanderbilt.
  • Vanderbilt’s student health insurance plan administrator for the 2021-2022 academic year is Academic HealthPlans (AHP). To view information about your 2021-2022 plan, visit vanderbilt.myahpcare.com.
  • Vanderbilt’s Student Health Center (SHC) is the primary care provider (PCP) under SHIP for all undergraduate and graduate & professional students. As your PCP, the Student Health Center also maintains online information about SHIP, including how to seek referrals.

 

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  • Aetna will replace UnitedHealthcare as the carrier for SHIP, effective August 12, 2021. Read the announcement about this transition. 
  • Academic HealthPlans (AHP) will replace Gallagher Student Health as the plan administrator for SHIP, effective August 12, 2021. Read the Dean of Students' communication about the transition.
  • The Summer 2021 Waiver Form will be available on April 19, 2021. The submission deadline is August 1, 2021.  Students can access the waiver from through their Gallagher Student Account.
  • Given that students may be studying remotely in Fall 2020 due to COVID-19, the waiver process has been amended for the 2020-2021 academic year. These waiver policies are effective only for the current academic year. International students studying abroad in Fall 2020 who initially waived the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) must enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan if they enter the United States at any point during the 2020-2021 academic year or Summer 2021. Specifically, you will be required to email ship@vanderbilt.edu two weeks in advance of your arrival date to the United States and provide your date of entry to the country so that we may enroll you in coverage. Your Student Health Insurance Plan coverage will be effective retroactive to the first day of the month that you arrive in the United States, and your premium will be prorated to reflect your active coverage period. You will be required to pay for your premium through your Student Account on YES.
  • Some students seek medical services off-campus. If you have financial concerns about seeing a provider off-campus, call 615-343-WELL to speak with a Student Care Coordinator at the Office of Student Care Coordination.

2020-21 PLAN YEAR

  • Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) coverage is effective from August 12, 2020 through August 11, 2021. 

DEPENDENT ENROLLMENT DEADLINES

 

2021-22 PLAN YEAR

  • Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) coverage is effective from August 12, 2021 through August 11, 2022. 

DEPENDENT ENROLLMENT DEADLINES

CLICK HERE TO VIEW WAIVER POLICIES AND DEADLINES.

ID Cards for the 21-22 plan period

ID Cards for the 20-21 plan period  

  • ID cards are usually available 5-7 business days after your eligibility is confirmed.
  1. Go to www.gallagherstudent.com/vanderbilt
  2. Click ‘Get an ID Card’

All Vanderbilt University students have the option to purchase voluntary dental or vision coverage. These plans are not administered by AHP. Students may also enroll their dependants, but note that SHIP provides dental coverage for dependants under the age of 19.

Cigna Dental Plans

VSP Vision Plans

SHIP Communications Timeline

May 17Email from AHP to students that the annual waiver form is available
May 31Email from AHP to students to remind them to submit an annual waiver, if not yet submitted
June 14Email from AHP to students to remind them to submit an annual waiver, if not yet submitted
June 21Email from AHP to students about plan updates, management change, and waiver deadline
June 28Email from AHP to students to remind them to submit an annual waiver, if not yet submitted
July 5Email from AHP to students about plan updates, carrier change, and waiver deadline
July 12Email from AHP to students to remind them to submit an annual waiver, if not yet submitted
July 26Email sent from AHP to students with incomplete waivers
July 26Email from AHP to students to remind them to submit an annual waiver, if not yet submitted
Early AugustE-Bill sent from Student Accounts to all students, with reminder to waive health insurance, if applicable
Mid NovemberEmail sent from Registrar's Office to graduating students and permanent withdrawals about the SHIP termination process
Mid NovemberEmail sent from AHP to students with information on the spring disenrollment process if students obtain comparable coverage
December 6Email sent from AHP to newly enrolled spring students that the spring waiver form is available
Early DecemberE-Bill sent from Student Accounts to all students
December 20Email from AHP to newly enrolled spring students to remind them to submit a spring waiver, if not yet submitted
January 3Email sent from AHP to students reminding them about dependent enrollment
January 3Email from AHP to newly enrolled spring students to remind them to submit a spring waiver, if not yet submitted
Mid JanuaryEmail from AHP to students who waived SHIP in fall 2021 about the Petition-to-Add SHIP process
Mid JanuaryEmail from AHP to students as a reminder about the termination and disenrollment policies
Mid JanuaryEmail sent from AHP to students reminding them about dependent enrollment
Late JanuaryEmail sent from AHP to students reminding them about dependent enrollment

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