All international students in F-1 and J-1 student visa status are required to have medical health insurance while they are enrolled at LSUA. LSUA offers Student Medical Health Insurance Plan for all international students, visiting scholars, and to their spouses/dependents. All nonimmigrant international participants on F-1 and J-1 visas either enroll with the university’s default health insurance plan or request a waiver of the requirement.
Students who request a waiver must provide evidence that that they have already purchased an alternative insurance policy that meets university requirements; the waiver must be submitted by the published deadline. The University requires verification to make sure that you comply with these insurance rules. There are no exceptions to the health-insurance requirement. Participants who do not meet the waiver deadline will automatically be enrolled in university default plan, and the charge placed on the participant’s account.
The cost of the university default plan per day is based on the age of the insured.
The United States does not have a socialized health-care system, which means that health care coverage in the U.S. is quite expensive. Be aware that U.S. insurance companies may not cover the entire cost of a doctor’s visit, x-rays, hospital stay, laboratory work, or medications. You will be responsible for making a co-payment directly at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and sometimes the cost can be substantial.
Proof of Finances: To receive a I-20 or DS-2019 form, which is required to obtain a F-1 or J-1 visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate, a student and an exchange visitor must provide documentation with this application that you have sufficient financial resources. You must document the following amounts for housing, meals, books, and personal expenses based on the length of your program:
Documents acceptable as proof of finances include:
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