New International Student Guidebook Fall 2013
Step 6: Health Insurance and Immunization
International Student Health Insurance Committal Form. This is a required form and must be signed and faxed or delivered to Sonoma State University prior to the International Student Orientation.
Because it is modern, scientific and heavily dependent on technology, health care in the United States is very expensive. In the U.S. individuals are responsible for paying for any health care they receive, a notable difference when viewed from the perspective of other countries. Therefore it is essential that anyone spending time in the United States purchase health insurance. Most U.S. citizens and permanent residents arrange this through private or employer-sponsored insurance plans.
The California State University (CSU) system requires that all students attending a CSU campus in either F-1 or J-1 legal status purchase and maintain health insurance with specified coverage. The international student requirements for insurance are:
- .. at least $50,000.00 maximum allowable for each accident or illness, (SSU policy allows $250,000.00)
- .. at least $10,000.00 available for medical evacuation,
- .. at least $7,500.00 available for repatriation of remains, and
- .. a maximum deductible of $50.00.
Sonoma State University prefers that you purchase the school sponsored policy. This policy exceeds the specified requirements and is an excellent value. This may be done at the International Services Office after your arrival on campus or online at CSU Health Link. You should visit the website to find costs and coverage details. When enrolling online, please be sure that you are selecting the policy designated for the correct academic period, either an academic year or the correct semester.
Health insurance coverage is verified each semester. Failure to comply with this health insurance policy can result in disenrollment from classes, blocked registration or termination of international student status.
No student will be allowed a waiver from this policy except students who are sponsored by their own government or the U.S. government, and who are already covered through a policy required by their program. Such a policy must meet the limits listed above and you will need to contact the International Student Advisor to request the waiver.
You should try to get your immunization record for the following immunization requirements. Sonoma State requires new students to supply evidence of these types of immunization:
Measles & Rubella
This immunization is required of all students born after 1956. Your record should show you received a series of two does of Measles & Rubella vaccine (MR or MMR) at least one month apart and after the age of 12 months.
Proof of completion of a series of three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine is required of students under the age of 19 at the time of first enrolling at SSU. Three does are typically given over a four to six month period (minimally in a 0-1-4 month sequence).
Acceptable proof can be a photocopy of immunization records from a doctor, hospital, clinic or high school, bearing the student's name birth date, types and dates of each immunization and the name/signature of the medical provider; or a photocopy of official blood test results indicating immunity.
If you have not yet had these immunizations, your private doctor, a public health clinic or the Sonoma State Student Health Center can immunize you when you arrive. For further information you may check the Student Health Center.