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. Because having an insurance plan is required, all undergraduate and graduate students are automatically enrolled in and charged for the University of California Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP). If students have a qualifying health insurance plan already, they can file an insurance waiver application to request opting out of the UC SHIP plan. This waiver application must be complete every academic year.
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. In addition, 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 paperwork. 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.
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.