The purpose of this e-mail is to inform you of some important changes in SUNYIT’s medical insurance requirements taking effect
in the 2012-2013 academic year as a result of federal health care reform. So that you can avoid potentially significant costs,
please pay close attention to this information—and if you have any questions, call our office, 315-792-7172.
If you have already completed the on-line waiver for this semester, indicating that you have other medical insurance, this letter is
for informational purposes only. No further action is required by you.
SUNYIT requires all students registered for 12 or more credits and all nursing students, regardless of credits, to have medical
insurance. For the 2012-2013 year, SUNYIT has an agreement with UnitedHealthcare StudentResources to provide a medical
insurance policy for students, underwritten by the UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company.
Each semester, all students enrolled for 12 or more credits and all nursing students are automatically enrolled in and billed for
medical insurance. The charge for this medical insurance policy, $665 each semester, will be included on your tuition bill unless
you complete the online waiver at http://healthwaiver.sunyit.edu by the first day of classes. If you have proof of medical
insurance coverage by another company and want to decline the UnitedHealthcare policy, you must submit the online waiver
each semester before the start of classes. If you fail to complete the online waiver before the start of classes—this fall, that
date is August 27—you will be billed for the $665 non-refundable medical insurance fee.
Please consider the following in making your decision:
• If your current coverage is through an HMO or PPO outside the Utica-Rome area, local health services may be limited or
may be charged at a higher, non-preferred provider rate
• Your current insurance coverage may only cover emergency care outside of their network
• Coverage under your current policy may end once you reach a certain age
Coverage provided by UnitedHealthcare for the fall 2012 semester begins on August 15, 2012, and ends on January 1, 2013.
Coverage for the spring 2013 semester begins on January 2, 2013, and ends on August 14, 2013. Please refer to the attached
brochure for a description of coverage, including costs (premium, deductibles and co-pays), benefits, exclusions, limitations and
the terms which the coverage remains effective. The information is also available online: www.sunyit.edu/health_wellness.
Students taking less than 12 credits can purchase this medical insurance policy by contacting the Bursar’s Office, 315-792-7412.
Optional supplemental medical insurance coverage is available for students and their dependents by calling UnitedHealthcare,
1-800-767-0700, after you have purchased the basic policy.
All students are encouraged to use the health services provided by the SUNYIT Health & Wellness Center, regardless of their
current medical insurance coverage. Most services at the Health & Wellness Center are covered by the mandatory health fee,
not to be confused with the medical insurance fee.
Please contact the SUNYIT Health and Wellness Center, 315-792-7172, if you have any questions.
Jo Ruffrage RN, MSN
Director, SUNYIT Health & Wellness Center, Counseling Center