Insurance Plan

Sam Houston State University International Student

Health Insurance and Waiver

Welcome to the Sam Houston State University Student Health Insurance Plan. Academic HealthPlans administers the student health insurance plan that is underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. Academic HealthPlans, beginning Spring 2015, will also administer the student health insurance waivers.     All international students (any student who is in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa) is required to have health insurance. Enrolled international students will have the insurance premium automatically charged to their student accounts. Coverage for Spring/Summer 2015 will begin on January 1, 2015 and end on August 14, 2015. You may apply for a waiver starting December 29, 2014 through January 31, 2015 if you already have coverage under an alternate health insurance plan that meets certain criteria requirements.



Students that were granted a waiver in the Fall 2014 semester,

MUST file another waiver for the Spring 2015 semester.



  1. A.   Criteria to submit a waiver request:


1. Student is sponsored by the US or a foreign embassy, recognized by the US, and they guarantee payment of all health care expenses including medical evacuation and repatriation, and are in compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). or

2. Student is covered by a U.S. employer health insurance plan or by a parent/spouse’s U.S. employer health insurance plan that is compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


  1. B.   If you meet one of the above criteria, then your alternative health insurance coverage must meet the following minimum requirements:


  1. Unlimited maximum per Policy Year
  2. Pre-existing limitations - Non
  3. $7,500 for repatriation and $10,000 for medical evacuation (available for $96/year)
  4. Individual Deductible of $6,350 – Network / $12,700 – Out of Network or less
  5. Family Deductible of $12,700 – Network / $25,400 – Out of Network or less
  6. Maximum included:  Deductible, medical copays, co-insurance and pharmacy copays



Please note: travel plans or plans that require you to pay for treatment yourself and then apply

for reimbursement will NOT be acceptable for waiving the Sam Houston State University plan.



If your alternate coverage meets the above minimum requirements, please proceed to the   On-Line Waiver Process – Will Open December 29, 2014


If you meet the waiver eligibility requirement and have an alternate health insurance plan, please follow these instructions to apply for the waiver through AHP. All waiver requests must be submitted no later than January 31, 2015 to be considered for the Spring/Summer 2015 terms.



  1. Have a scanned image of your insurance card (front and back), Policy Benefits Documentation, and proof of Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Coverage (if you have this coverage) available.
  2. Go to
  3. Verify that you meet the waiver criteria, and if you do, select the large button at the bottom to continue.
  4. If criteria is met, click on the waiver link and log on to the waiver system by entering your SAM ID number and Date of Birth in MMDDYYYY format as the password.
  5. Select the red waiver button under the “NO, I do not want the insurance.”
  6. Complete the waiver form and attach copies of your scanned insurance documents.
  7. Select the ‘Submit Waiver’ button.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of International Programs.


Contact Information
Barbara Eckenfels
Executive Director of International Programs   936.294.4455  CHSS 190 C
Recruiter and Special Programs Coordinator   936.294.4737  F116 D
Pat Herrington
International Undergraduate Advisor   936.294.3892  F116 F
Justin Ball
International Graduate Advisor   936.294.4607  F116 E

Office of International Programs
Farrington Building, Suite 116, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-4737

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