Dear Incoming Students and Families:
Congratulations and welcome to Tufts University! We're writing today to provide you with important reminders about the health requirements you need to complete prior to your entry to the University community.
Mandatory Health Requirements
We ask that you complete these items by July 1, 2020. As a reminder, all your health requirements as an incoming student are listed on your New Student Checklist 2020.
Proof of Health Insurance
As an entering college student and every year thereafter, you are required to purchase either the Student Health Insurance plan or waive the charge with proof of comparable coverage through a U.S.-based insurance company. Some insurance plans that market themselves to graduate students and international students do not meet requirements of comparable coverage, so it is important to review the requirements carefully. The Health Service Business Office is happy to assist you in this review if you have any questions or concerns.
- If your insurance meets these requirements, you may waive the insurance charge through the Bills & Balances tab on the SIS Portal between June 1 and August 10, 2020. (If you would like a parent or other individual to complete the Health Insurance Waiver on your behalf, you can provide them with Invited Viewer Access to your SIS account.)
- If you decide to keep private health insurance, please enter the information and upload a digital copy of your card (front and back). We also recommend you take a picture of the card (front and back) and keep it in your phone.
The total estimated completion time for the waiver process is 40 minutes or less. Before you log in, please have the following documents ready:
- Recent scanned and legible copy of your health form detailing the vaccines and dates (month and year) of immunizations.
- Scanned and legible copy (front and back) of your insurance card.
A Note on "Universal Consent"
Each year, Health Service receives inquiries from parents about having their child sign an unlimited consent that allows disclosures of health information by Health Service providers to the parents under all circumstances. It is Health Service’s policy not to accept blanket unlimited advance permission to discuss all medical matters. In some cases, Health Services is prohibited by law from honoring a blanket permission and prohibited from disclosing health information without a student’s express consent. Health Services also believes that when students are facing significant health challenges, it is often helpful to involve family. Therefore, It is our policy to ask for consent on a situation-by-situation basis. You can learn more about this policy on the portion of our website that outlines patient confidentiality.
Please feel free to contact our Insurance Coordinator at 617-627-5176 or email@example.com if you have any questions or need assistance navigating the website or the Patient Portal. For general inquiries, you may contact us at 617-627-3350.
Again, welcome to Tufts!
Michelle D. Bowdler, MSPH
Executive Director, Health and Wellness Services
Marie Caggiano, MD, MPH
Medical Direcor, Health and Wellness Services