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Health Care and Required Medical Insurance

The Need for Medical/Health Insurance


Medical/Health insurance is necessary in the United States.  There is no ‘universal’ healthcare system and the cost of care is extremely expensive.  The estimated cost for health insurance is included on your I-20.  By signing sponsorship documents or the I-20 you promise to have medical insurance coverage for the student. Make sure to keep your health insurance active. Talk to the insurance company about OPT insurance or with the company that will hire you about OPT insurance plans.

This video will show you how to prepare for and use the US medical system.  

The buttons below will help you choose and understand medical insurance policies.

How to choose your insurance

Vocabulary to understand insurance

Links to companies that sell insurance

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Some information for this topic was taken from a NAFSA (Association of International Educators) publication titled: Medical Insurance for International Students, Scholars, and Their Families, by Judith A Green. 

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