AUGSBURG HEALTH INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS
Augsburg students are not required to have health insurance (some low cost services are available to uninsured Augsburg students through a contract with Smiley’s Family Medicine Clinic). However, you are strongly encouraged to pursue insurance coverage, as there are now many affordable options through the Affordable Care Act. Many of our students who come from low-income households, find that they qualify for free or very low cost insurance through federal or state programs like Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care. There is a lot of support available for figuring this out (see “ACA/Obamacare” section below).
If you are from outside Minnesota or from outside the Twin Cities area, make sure that your policy covers you in Minneapolis. If not, please contact your company to see if it’s possible to make special arrangements for out-of-area coverage.
If your parents have insurance, the Affordable Care Act allows students to stay on their parents’ policy until the age of 26.
If you do not have insurance, here are some helpful resources to check out.
Private Student Insurance Plans
Offers voluntary health insurance to Augsburg University students. A number of plans are available.
ACA / Obamacare
For information about these programs, Augsburg students can meet with Augsburg’s Community Resources Coordinator.
MNsure – Health insurance exchange that provides a one-stop health insurance marketplace where Minnesotans can find and compare plans and choose the coverage that fits their needs. Based on your income, MNSure will also let you know if you qualify for free or low cost insurance through the state or federal insurance programs (Medical Assistance or Minnesota Care).1-855-366-7873
mnformation Get a quick estimate online of your health insurance costs through government programs/MNSure
Health Access Health insurance enrollment help from MNSure certified navigators. Online, or make an appointment at their St. Paul office.
Assister Network to find someone to help you with your application. Navigators and assistors are available through many community health clinics, including the People’s Clinic (across the street from Augsburg) and Community-University Health Care.
MN Care for DACA grantees: (From MNSure Assister Central)
In December 2016, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that, beginning January 1, 2017, it is providing MinnesotaCare coverage to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grantees who meet all MinnesotaCare eligibility requirements.
The eligibility of a DACA grantee who is approved for MinnesotaCare will not appear in the Minnesota Eligibility Technology System (METS). If you have questions about the status of a DACA case, please contact MinnesotaCare. The ARC is unable to provide information about these cases.
DACA grantees who want to apply for MinnesotaCare must use the DHS-6696, Application for Health Coverage and Help Paying Costs. Please forward completed applications and requested verifications from DACA grantees to DHS. Please write “DACA” at the top of the application cover.
You can forward these applications to DHS by fax or mail:
- fax number: 651-431-7579
- mailing address:
Minnesota Department of Human Services
PO Box 64839
St. Paul, MN 55164-0839
International Student Health Insurance Programs
International students (F-1 & J-1 students and their dependents) are required to have adequate health insurance during their study program. It is mandatory for international students to enroll in Augsburg University’s group plans through GeoBlue. The only exception is if a student fills out a hard waiver form and is able to provide proof of equivalent coverage for each school year. To enroll or inquire about Augsburg’s group plan for international students, please contact Jim Trelstad-Porter, director of international student advising at 612-330-1686 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consumer Information on Health Insurance
Insure.com Articles on health insurance from an “independent” consumer website