Health Insurance for J-1 Scholars
All J-1 Exchange Visitors in the U.S. must purchase medical insurance for themselves and their dependents for the duration of their stay which meets U.S. federal requirements [22 CFR 62.14]. Please note, the information on this page applies to J-1 scholars (faculty, researchers, visiting scholars). If you are a J-1 student, please refer to our information on Student Health Insurance.
J-1 scholars will need to complete the J-1 Health Insurance Agreement (pdf) as part of the scholar application to confirm that they and their dependents have adequate health insurance.
J-1 and J-2 Health Insurance Requirements
- Medical benefits of at least US$100,000 per accident or illness;
- Repatriation of remains in the amount of US$25,000;
- Expenses for medical evacuation of the visitor to his/her home country in the amount of US$50,000;
- A deductible not to exceed US$500 per accident or illness.
Medical Evacuation and Repatriation of Remains - Brandeis Employee Health Insurance
Those J-1 visa holders eligible for the Brandeis Employee Health Plan are reminded that those plans do not include coverage for the required medical evacuation and repatriation. The ISSO will provide information on a separate medical evacuation/repatriation "rider" (through an outside company, that the J-1 visa holder can enroll in on their own). The combination of the Brandeis Employee Health Plan and the medical evacuation/repatriation rider will, together, meet the J visa health insurance requirements.
Policy Ratings Requirements
An insurance policy secured to meet the benefits requirements must be underwritten by an insurance corporation with an A.M. Best rating of "A-" or above, an Insurance Solvency International, Ltd. (ISI) rating of "A-I" or above, a Standard and Poor's Claims Paying Ability rating of "A-" or above, or a Weiss Research, Inc. rating of B+ or above. Alternatively, the sponsor may ascertain that the participant's policy is backed by the full faith and credit of the government of the exchange visitor's home country.
Maintaining Your Health Insurance
All J-1 and J-2 visa holders will need to confirm that they have from home, or will purchase, health insurance coverage that meets these requirements to maintain their immigration status. Maintenance of health insurance coverage, for oneself and dependent family members, is the responsibility of the J-1 Exchange Visitor.
Short-term insurance plans can be purchased in a variety of plan lengths specifically for visiting the United States.
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