The UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP)
As voted in by students and passed by the UC Regents, the university requires all students to have major medical insurance, and provides the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) to meet this requirement.
UC SHIP offers a wide range of benefits, including coverage of specialty office visits, diagnostic services, surgery, hospitalization and out-of-area care while traveling to name a few. As well, the UC SHIP package includes strong dental and vision benefits and covers most Student Health Services fees. Students are automatically enrolled through their campus billing account, so there is no paper work. Students can choose to keep UC SHIP, or waive enrollment if they have coverage that meets the benefit standards established by the university. Most students keep UC SHIP because it is a solid, comprehensive plan. It is convenient, covers them 12 months a year anywhere in the world, offers excellent benefits, and is affordable.
All UC students are required to have medical insurance, which is why all registered undergraduate and graduate students, including domestic and international students, and students in-absentia are automatically enrolled in UC SHIP. If you already have a health plan that meets the university's health coverage requirements, you may submit an online insurance waiver to waive enrollment in UC SHIP.
UC SHIP gives you medical, pharmacy, dental and vision* coverage, and mental health and substance use disorder services during school sessions and breaks. Check out all that UC SHIP has to offer you.
Coverage for medical, hospital and vision is provided through Anthem Blue Cross. Coverage for pharmacy is provided by OptumRx. Coverage for dental is provided through Delta Dental.
UC SHIP is a low-cost, comprehensive package designed to provide students with medical coverage anywhere in the world. Only UC SHIP offers UC Family network discounts for students to receive care at UC hospitals, affiliated facilities and professional providers.
How do I get a copy of my insurance card?
Printed health insurance cards will no longer be mailed to students. Insurance cards can be accessed on the UC SHIP Mobile APP.
If you would like to print a paper copy of your card, you may print the ID card from the app on your smartphone, computer, or tablet.
Go to www.anthem.com/ca. If you have not visited this site before, you will need to establish an account by clicking on “Register.” When you are asked for your member ID number, enter it as it appears on your member ID card. If you do not have your member ID number, call customer service to get it.
If you have any questions, please call Anthem Blue Cross Customer Service at 866-940-8306.
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