Health Insurance Requirement

Department of State regulations require that all Exchange Visitors (and their visa dependents, if any) have health insurance while in J status.  At a minimum the insurance plan must include the following:

  • Medical benefits of at least $50,000 per person per accident or illness
  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500
  • Medical Evacuation coverage in the amount of $10,000
  • A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illnes

UNCW has made available an injury and sickness insurance plan (PDF) for those interested in purchasing health insurance through UNCW.  If you choose this option, you will need to submit payment at the same time a DS-2019 is requested, to cover the cost of the policy. (For the 14/15 academic year: $83.60/month for J-1 only, $214.30/month for J-1 and children, $370.40/month for J-1 and spouse, $501.10/month for J-1, spouse and children.) Otherwise, EVs will have to purchase health insurance on their own and must submit a waiver (PDF) on which they certify they are adequately covered for the duration of the J program.


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