**New Insurance Requirement for 2010-2011**
[The University] will require students to have health insurance coverage beginning in fall semester 2010. Eligible students are required to show evidence of an existing "creditable" health insurance policy or will be automatically enrolled in and billed for
the [University] insurance plan. The health insurance plan administrator is Pearce & Pearce, Inc.
Our hope is to ensure that students are adequately protected against unexpected health care expenses, such as those associated with unexpected illness, accidents, or mental health care, that can destabilize a student∆s financial situation and derail his or her progress toward a degree. These potential barriers to attendance and degree completion are reduced when students have health insurance.
**Action To Take**
Students who are already covered by an insurance policy (i.e. through parent plans, family plans or employer-sponsored plans) must submit their insurance information for verification through Pearce & Pearce's website
for [The University] which is a secure site. Have your insurance card in hand to provide your insurance company's name, address, phone, policy holder's name, member ID/subscriber#, effective date and termination date of policy. The charge will be removed from the student's bill once the policy is verified starting in June. Students who do not submit creditable health insurance information will be enrolled automatically in the campus-endorsed student health insurance and will be responsible for the health insurance premium.
The [University] plan is $744 annually, which is billed $372/semester with fall and spring semester tuition and fees. By March 31st you may view the plan summary at Pearce & Pearce's website for [The University].