Student Health Insurance

This year's information about the student health insurance coverage and waiver requests will be available on or about July 21.

Insurance Is Required

Massachusetts state law requires that all students have medical insurance. To meet its legal obligations, the College enrolls and bills all eligible students for the Mount Holyoke College Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan. This fee may be waived if the student's family insurance meets the Massachusetts state requirements and if the insurance is waived online by the waiver deadline. Note: State and federal health insurance plans (such as Medicaid) do not meet the requirements and cannot be used to waive the student health insurance plan.

Domestic students with need-based financial aid who do not waive the health insurance will be responsible for the health insurance premium in addition to the calculated family contribution. Students who waive the College's health insurance with a health insurance plan that is later found to inadequately cover medical costs will not be eligible to waive the health insurance in future years.

International students are required to purchase the student medical insurance offered by Mount Holyoke College and may not waive the college health insurance online. This is because the short term, temporary medical insurance plans offered to international visitors are not "comparable plans" to the student medical insurance required per Massachusetts state regulations.  The only exception to this policy is for families who live in the United States long-term where 1) a parent is employed by a U.S. employer or an embassy and has employer-sponsored health insurance that is comparable to the student medical insurance offered at Mount Holyoke, and 2) the health insurance will cover the student for all routine care while the student is at college.  Students whose families live and work in the United States must petition Student Financial Services with information about their comparable health insurance policy before they will be cleared to waive online.

Mount Holyoke College Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan

2019/2020 Coverage Dates: August 15, 2019 to August 14, 2020

All eligible students are enrolled and billed for the Mount Holyoke College Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan.

  • The plan offers comprehensive benefits that include hospital room and board, inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, labs, chemotherapy and radiation, inpatient and outpatient mental health services, physician office visits, consultant visits, ambulance and emergency care.
  • The maximum benefit allowed for each accident or sickness is unlimited.
  • Services provided by a participating network provider are generally covered at 100%, while services provided by a non-network provider are generally covered at 80%.
  • The PrePaid On-Campus Health Care coverage is included with enrollment in the Student Injury and Sickness plan
  • Please refer to the Brochures and Plan Documents for complete details about coverage, limitations, and exclusions.
  • For More Information About Health Insurance please read the information provided on the MHC Health Services website regarding the Student Health Insurance Plan.
  • If you are a student athlete, please see refer to our health services website for information about sports injury coverage.

If you have questions on any of the insurance policies described in this material, contact:
Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk
500 Victory Road, Quincy, MA 02171
Telephone: 800-433-7815 
Fax: 617-479-0860
Contact: Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk

Billing Information 2019-2020 Rates 

  • If you are an eligible student (see Brochure) you will be billed $2,250 on your fall tuition bill for annual coverage.
  • If you are a student newly enrolled for the spring semester, you will be billed $1,310 on your spring tuition bill.
  • If you waive coverage, the fees will be removed from your tuition bill.
  • If you elect the Pre-Paid On-Campus Health Care, you will be charged $220 for annual coverage with your fall payment, or $110 for fall or spring only.
  • If you are enrolled in the Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan and withdraw from the College within the first 31 days of the period for which the coverage is purchased (for any reason other than medical) your participation will be canceled, and you will receive a full refund. If you withdraw after the first 31 days of the coverage period, you will remain covered for the period for which premium was received, and no refund will be available. You may not cancel for any other reason.
  • Questions about billings should be emailed to Student Financial Services.

Insurance/Prescription ID Card

ID cards are available online through the MyBlue app in the App Store or Google Play. You'l need your BCBS ID number (not your Social Security number) to create your account. Your BCBS ID number is available by going to the Account Home section of our website.

ID cards will not be mailed for the 2019-2020 policy year. ID cards will only be available through the BCBS MyBlue App.

Other Insurance Information

Additional coverage that is available for purchase include:

  • Insured students can also enroll their eligible Dependant/Spouse on the Student Health Insurance Plan. See Student Financial Services for information.
  • The College provides Medical Evacuation/Repatriation insurance for all enrolled students traveling on College sponsored educational programs. 

Additional Information

Descriptions of coverages or services on this page is for informational purposes only. In the event of any conflict between this page and any other description of the services provided and any insurance policies, the actual insurance policy will control.