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Important Information Regarding Students And Health Insurance

June 20, 2007

Dear faculty or staff member:

This is to inform you of important information regarding students and health insurance. Beginning this fall for the 2007-08 academic year (pending anticipated approval by the USNH Board of Trustees), UNH will introduce a health insurance requirement as a condition of enrollment for all full-time degree students.

Students will have the option of waiving the requirement by presenting proof of adequate insurance through another plan; or, alternatively they can acquire affordable health insurance under a Student Health Benefits Plan (SHBP) sponsored by the university and administered by Health Plans, Inc., a subsidiary of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

The decision to implement this requirement follows a year-long process of surveying students’ health care needs, considering program objectives in consultation with students, parents, faculty, and professional staff, and conducting a comprehensive request-for-proposals process.

The insurance requirement has been instituted to support students in their academic pursuits. Specifically, having health insurance is a way to reduce the financial risk associated with medical and/or psychological care while attending school.

Additional details about the requirement and the SHBP can be found at http://www.unh.edu/vpsas/health.html

Please email Health Services at healthservices@unh.edu or call 2-2853 if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Kevin Charles
Assistant Vice-President, Student & Academic Services
and Executive Director of Health Services


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