Regulations from the U. S. Department of State require all J-1 Exchange Visitors and their accompanying dependents to enroll in health insurance coverage, but Baylor University requires mandatory insurance coverage of $750,000 for all J-1 Exchange Visitors, international students, and any accompanying dependents. All J-1 scholars (only exceptions are full-time Baylor employees with benefits) must purchase Baylor's J-1 Scholar health insurance policy for himself and all accompanying dependents.
If your program is less than one year, you and your dependents are required to purchase insurance, in full, for the entire duration of your program (as indicated on your DS-2019). If your program will continue for more than one year, you may purchase insurance for the first year and renew your policy in yearly increments. These exchange visitors, and their accompanying dependents are required to purchase Baylor's J-1 health insurance policy and provide proof of purchase to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) 10 days before your arrival, or your SEVIS record will be terminated.
If you willfully fail to maintain the insurance coverage as set forth or make a material misrepresentation to your J-1 sponsor regarding the coverage, you will be considered to be in violation of the Exchange Visitor Program regulations and will be subject to termination as an Exchange Visitor participant. It is your responsibility, not Baylor's, to obtain and maintain health insurance coverage. Willful failure to meet the insurance requirements will result in termination of the J-I program participation.
J-1 Health insurance Information
Plan Administered by:
Academic Health Plans
1005 Glade Road
Colleyville, Texas 76034
Donna Lange: 888-308-7320
Policy Underwritten by:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
P.O. Box 660044
Dallas, TX 76266-0044
800-521-2227 (Customer Service & Claims)