Mandatory Medical Health Insurance | International Services

Mandatory Student Medical Health Insurance 

All non-immigrant international students in F-1 and J-1 student visa status are required to purchase and maintain adequate medical health insurance coverage while they are enrolled at LSU, and the medical health insurance policy must meet LSU’s medical health insurance requirements. Therefore, these students will be automatically charged for and enrolled in the LSU endorsed plan, Gallagher Student Health/United HealthCare. However, students may choose an alternate medical health insurance plan to be considered as long as it meets the minimum requirements listed and an on-line wavier request is submitted by deadline date.

The medical health insurance policy and repat/m.e must provide coverage for the entire semester dates indicated. Partial coverage is not accepted.

When proof of other approved medical health insurance is submitted by the deadline dates, the charges for the LSU policy will be credited. It is estimated that this will take approximately 10 business days for the credit to appear on the student account. For fall 2020, F and J students may submit their on line insurance waiver request at UHC/Gallagher: You will find the link to the waiver request under “Student Waive” located at the upper left-hand corner.  Please note that your coverage must be effective from August 14, 2020 through January 5, 2021 for the fall 2020 semester. The deadline date to submit the on-line insurance waiver is Friday, September 11, 2020 (no exceptions allowed.) 

Notice to F-1 and J-1 Visa Status Holders:

For those studying remotely outside the US, in order to keep your F-1/J-1 SEVIS record active, you must maintain medical health insurance either by keeping the LSU insurance or providing an on-line waiver request based on private insurance.

For the LSU F-1/J-1 medical health insurance requirement not to apply, we would need to close the student’s SEVIS record and the record would become INACTIVE. If F-1 or J-1 student wants their SEVIS record closed, they need to email confirming they are studying remotely outside the US and they want their record closed.

Notice to LSU Sponsored J Student VISA Holders:

LSU sponsored J student visa holders and their J-2 dependent(s), if applicable, are required to have adequate medical health insurance for the entire duration of their program (which includes all dates between semesters.) Proof of other approved medical health insurance coverage is required and must be submitted by the insurance provider. International Services will contact those LSU sponsored J students who have submitted an on-line waiver directly when it is time for the insurance providers to submit proof of insurance to International Services. After receiving proof of insurance, International Services will verify whether the medical health insurance plans meet US Department of State and University requirements and have the appropriate coverage dates. This review is in addition to the on-line insurance waiver portal submission; therefore, this process could take more time. Fee bill credits to student accounts will not appear until this verification is completed.

  • As a reminder, if you extend Academic Training (J-1 off campus work authorization) you must extend your medical health insurance policy and repatriation/medical evacuation benefits in order to remain in J lawful status.

Please Note: You must submit an on-line waiver request at the UHC/Gallagher website by the waiver deadline date at the beginning of each and every semester of registration regardless of the coverage end date stated on previously submitted waiver requests. ALL F and J students should request an on-line insurance waiver (if desired), regardless if the LSU student medical health insurance charge appears on their fee bill at that time or not.

The University requires evidence to make sure that international students on F and J visas comply with these insurance rules. There are no exceptions to the medical health insurance and repat/m.e. requirement!

It is mandatory that all non-immigrant international students who hold F and J visa statuses have medical health insurance and repat/m.e. coverage which is acceptable to the University.

  • This includes part-time and full-time registration. Please note that the 2020-2021 insurance premiums have changed. Under LSU Student Accident & Sickness Insurance Plan (SASIP), new incoming students with F visa status and J visa status will be automatically charged $1086 for the fall 2020 plan. This charge provides students with medical health insurance coverage from August 14, 2020 through January 5, 2021. 
  • Please Note: Do not select or remove the LSU student medical health insurance plan through MyLSU or Gallagher Student Health/United HealthCare online website if you hold F or J visa status since this will cause errors in your fee bill and insurance problems.
  • The following students should contact Gallagher Student Health/United HealthCare (LSU's insurance company) directly at 1-844-288-4920 or visit Gallagher Student Health/United HealthCare to purchase or continue their LSU medical health insurance coverage since they are NOT automatically charged for LSU's student medical health insurance plan:
    • Non-immigrant international students with visa status other than F and J.
    • Students who are registered as Degree Only (DO) for fall 2020.
    • Students on Optional Practical Training (OPT: F-1) or Academic Training (J-1) who are not enrolled for credit hours.

Student Medical Health Insurance Information


Medical Health Insurance Card

It is important that you print your student medical health insurance card (ID CARD) to keep with you at all times. ID cards are usually available 5-7 business days after your eligibility is confirmed.

  1.   Go to
  2.   If you have created a UHCSR Account in the past, log in.
  3.   If you have not created a UHCSR Account, Click “Create Account”.
  4.   Complete the registration form using your name, date of birth, and student ID number.
  5.   Once logged in, you will have access to ID cards, Claim information, EOBs and other plan-related information.
  • Again, all F and J visa holders who want LSU's Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan should not select the plan via MyLSU or on line. THIS WILL CAUSE ERRORS ON YOUR FEE BILL and problems with your insurance. You will be automatically billed for insurance on your fee bill each and every semester you are enrolled in courses at LSU.
  • All questions concerning waivers, enrollment of dependents, benefits, claims, or billing problems of the assessed insurance should be directed to Gallagher Student Health/United HealthCare at: 1-844-288-4920 or visit Gallagher Student Health/United HealthCare.
    •  If you have LSU’s student medical health insurance, you are always required to first report to LSU’s Student Health Center to see a doctor (except in the case of a medical emergency), or your claims will not be paid. To avoid problems or delays, regardless of your insurance policy, always carry your student medical health insurance card as you would your drivers’ license.