Waiver Options

Under certain conditions, the $986.00 Student Medical Plan fee may be waived.

If you missed the deadline for fall semester, you can still file an appeal by completing the appeal form and returning it to University Health Service.

  1. Students who have insurance comparable to the Student Medical Plan may waive the coverage. Comparable coverage means:
    • Insurance coverage is provided by a company licensed to do business in the United States, was a US claims payment office and telephone number.
    • Coverage is currently active and the student agrees to maintain health coverage throughout the entire policy year.
    • Offers unlimited coverage per accident or illness.
    • Offers inpatient and outpatient medical care in Northeast Ohio or where enrolled in CWRU classes. Emergency only coverage does not satisfy this requirement.
    • Covers inpatient mental health and alcohol abuse care within Northeast Ohio or where enrolled in CWRU classes. Emergency only coverage does not satisfy this requirement.
    • Provides at least $25,000 coverage for Repatriation (repatriation provides transportation to the student's home country in the event of death). International students only.
    • Provides Emergency Medical Evacuation coverage in the amount of at least $50,000 (medical evacution is emergency transportation to the nearest, most qualified treatment facility). International students only.
    • Prescription medication is covered. Does not contain any clause that limits coverage on pre-existing conditions.
  2. It is each student's responsibility to ensure that the alternate coverage is adequate. Before submitting a waiver, please note that many commercial insurance plans do not cover a student after a certain age.
  3. A waiver request is valid for two semesters. Students who elect to waive the Medical Plan will automatically have the fee waived for fall and spring semesters. The waiver must be received no later than September 8, 2017.
  4. Case Western Reserve students can waive the Student Medical plan on the Student Information System (SIS) located at http://www.case.edu/sis.
  5. Students from CIA and CIM should submit a waiver form to their individual school.
  6. All waivers are subject to audit by Case Western Reserve University & Aetna Student Health. Any student's plan found to not meet the requirements will be enrolled in the Student Medical Plan.
Qualifying event

Students who waive the Plan for a given semester are eligible to apply for coverage during that semester if they experience a qualifying event. A qualifying event is described at the following

  • Reaching the age limit of another health insurance plan;
  • Loss of health insurance through a marriage or divorce;
  • Involuntary loss of coverage from another health insurance plan.

Contact the Student Medical Plan department for further details at 216.368.3049. Students must apply for coverage with the Case Western Reserve University Student Medical Plan within 30 days of loss of coverage from their current medical insurance.