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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 enrolled in the LSU endorsed plan, Gallagher Student Health/United HealthCare. However, students may choose an alternate medical health insurance plan as long as it meets the minimum requirements listed.

The medical health insurance policy must provide coverage for the entire semester. Partial coverage is not accepted.

When proof of other approved medical health insurance is provided by the deadline dates, the charges for the LSU policy will be removed.  For Fall 2017, 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. The deadline date to submit the on line insurance waiver is Friday, September 8, 2017 (no exceptions.) As per the insurance online portal website your coverage must be effective from August 14, 2017 - January 8, 2018.

The University requires verification 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 requirement!

Medical Health Insurance Enrollment and Charges for 2016-2017

Notice for 2016-17

*Please be aware that the United States Medical Health Care System involves payment of premiums for insurance coverage in addition to out of pocket expenses per doctor's visit, accident and/or injury. The United States does not have a socialized medical health care system and medical health care and insurance coverage in the United States can be expensive. For those  with F-2 dependents and family coming to the United States, we highly recommend they enroll in medical health insurance coverage (including repatriation and medical evacuation coverage) for their duration of stay in the United States.

The LSU Student Medical Health Insurance Plan is Gallagher Student Health/United HealthCare

Gallagher Student Health/United HealthCare


Medical Health Insurance Enrollment and Charges for 2017-2018

Notice for 2017-18

The UHC Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) will offer the same benefits for 2017-18 that it does for 2016-17. Please refer to the 2016-17 SHIP brochure available. Click here for detailed information about the benefits available to you and your eligible dependents.

Unfortunately, we are unable to publish the 2017-18 SHIP premiums until they have been reviewed and approved by the Louisiana Department of Insurance. Based on the rates that have been filed with the Department, however, students should expect a slight increase over the 2016-17 SHIP premiums, which can be found in the brochure at the link above.


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

  • This includes part-time and full-time registration. Please note that the 2017-2018 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 $856 for the fall 2017 plan. This charge provides students with medical health insurance coverage from August 14, 2017 through January 5, 2018. 
  • 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 2017.
    • Students on Optical Practical Training (OPT: F-1) or Academic Training who are not enrolled for credit hours.

Student Medical Health Insurance Information

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  • United HealthCare will mail out permanent student medical health insurance cards to new incoming students this Summer 2017 semester using their Baton Rouge home address listed on their MyLSU account (please keep address updated in your MyLSU account.) A TEMPORARY student medical health insurance card may be downloaded by following these steps:

    1. Go to  

    2. On the left toolbar, click ‘Account Home’.

    3. Log in (if you haven’t already).

    4. On the left toolbar, under ‘My Account’, click on ‘Authorize Account’.

    5. Enter your Student ID number and your date of birth.

    6. Click on ‘Authorize Account’.

    7. You will be redirected to the ‘Account Home’ page, then click on ‘Generate ID Card’ under ‘Coverage History’.

  • Again, all F and J visa holders who want LSU's Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan should not select the plan via PAWS 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 waviers, 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.

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