We're providing you with important reminders about the health requirements.
We're providing you with important reminders about the health requirements.
Tufts Student Life
JUNE 22, 2022
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 before you register for classes.

Mandatory Health Requirements

Students must log in to the Patient Portal using their Tufts University username and password. Once there, they will be prompted to complete the following:
  • Pre-Entrance Medical History
  • TB Risk Assessment Questionnaire
  • Required Immunizations Form (enter immunizations and upload documentation)
The total estimated completion time for the waiver process is 40 minutes or less. Before logging in, have the following documents ready:
  • Most recent scanned and legible copy of the health form detailing the vaccines and dates (month and year) of immunizations
  • Scanned and legible copy (front and back) of the health plan membership card
Students must complete these items by July 1, 2022. As a reminder, all your health requirements as an incoming student are listed on their New Student Checklist 2022.
Please note, student accounts will have an immunization hold that will prevent you from registering for classes. Please allow 10 business days for review of your records and determination. We will contact you via the Patient Portal if we need additional information. Once compliance is met, you will receive a message via the Patient Portal, you will see a green checkmark on your checklist and the hold will be lifted within 48 hours.
If you are unable to complete the immunization requirements because the immunization is not available in your country or because the immunization schedule does not allow you to get the next dose, please contact Immunization Reviewer via the Patient Portal for next steps. Students who are unable to complete all health requirements will not see a green checkmark on the checklist.
For more information on these and other requirements, please visit the Health Service web page for New Students.
For assistance navigating the Patient Portal or general inquiries, contact us at 617-627-3350.

Proof of Health Insurance

Students 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. This process must be completed yearly, as long as the student is enrolled at Tufts. 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 in this review if students have any questions or concerns.
  • If the insurance plan meets these requirements, the student may waive the insurance charge every year through the Bills & Balances tab on the Student Information System (SIS) Portal between June 1 and July 31. (Parents and guardians may be provided with Invited Viewer Access to a student's SIS account, which allows them to complete the waiver on a student's behalf.)
  • To provide Tufts with private health plan information, please enter the information and upload a digital copy of the membership card (front and back) into the Patient Portal under the "Insurance" tab. We also recommend students store a picture of the membership card (front and back) and keep it someplace accessible.
Students who plan to enroll in the student health insurance via UHCSR, should not waive the student health insurance. Students enrolled in UHCSR will not see a green checkmark on their checklist, next to insurance waiver. Also, students enrolled in UHCSR will be able to download their insurance card from the UHCSR portal before August 20 and do not need to upload a copy of their insurance card to the Patient Portal.
Please feel free to contact our Insurance Coordinator at studenthealthinsurance@tufts.edu with questions.

A Note on "Universal Consent"

It is Health Service's policy not to accept blanket unlimited advance permission to discuss all of a student's medical care with parents or guardians. Health Service complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and is prohibited from disclosing health information without a student’s express consent. You can learn more about this policy on the portion of our website that outlines patient confidentiality.
Again, welcome to Tufts!
Marie Caggiano, MD, MPH
Medical Director
Tufts Health Service
Jennifer M. Berrios, MHA
Director of Administration and Operations
Tufts Health and Wellness

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