Waiving the Student Health Insurance Plan

Some students may already have access to qualifying health insurance coverage. To waive the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), students must provide proof of qualifying coverage through MySlice by the published deadline.

For incoming students in spring 2018: the waiver and enrollment forms will be available on MySlice beginning December 6. The deadline to waive spring-only coverage is February 6, 2018.  After February 6, only prorated refunds will be available.

Qualifying coverage is defined as follows:

  • Provided by a U.S.-based insurer*
  • Covers emergency and non-emergency services in the Syracuse area
  • Compliant with all aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Please note, the New York State Essential Plan does not meet our requirements.

*Insurance carriers or their subsidiaries outside the 50 U.S. states or coverage by foreign National Health Services programs are not acceptable under this criterion.  Some of these plans may advertise that they are ACA-compliant and provide a U.S. address; however, many are not filed and approved in the U.S., which is required to be accepted as alternate qualifying coverage.

If you are currently enrolled in an out-of-New York State or New York City Medicaid plan, please contact the Student Health Insurance Office at 315.443.9019.

Qualifying Coverage Considerations
Here are some required standards:

  • Carrier is licensed to do business in the U.S., has a U.S. phone number, and a U.S. claims payment office.
  • Does not have waiting periods prior to providing coverage for pre-existing conditions.
  • Does not have exclusions for mental health disorders, pre-existing conditions, pregnancy and pregnancy-related treatment, and drug and alcohol-related conditions.
  • Coverage is duration of the academic year or until the academic program end


*Please note, the fall 2017 deadline to waive was September 18, 2017. For those that were eligible in the fall 2017 semester, after September 18, only prorated refunds will be available.