Health Insurance Options

Please find information about health insurance providers, including carriers offering repatriation and medical evacuation benefits required by federal law to maintain J non-immigrant status listed below. 

Please note: All students and scholars participating in the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program are required to maintain health insurance coverage that meets U.S. Department of State requirements during their stay in the U.S. For details on the required level of insurance coverage, please visit our Healthcare page.

  • Incoming UCSF Postdoctoral Scholars

    All UCSF postdocs, including international postdocs, are eligible for health care benefits through the University of California Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plan.

    For information about the plan go to:

    Your PI is required to pay for most of the cost of your benefits for you and your eligible dependents. You pay only a small percentage of your monthly premium.  The exact cost depends on whether you sign up for an HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) or PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) medical plan.  To read about the differences between HMO and PPO plans, visit

    See your cost for the premium contributions at:

    There is only one circumstance in which your PI may not be required to pay for your benefits:  If your salary is paid by an external funder and this funder states in writing that they will provide you with a specific amount of money (separate from your salary) to pay for your benefits, then your PI may use that money to pay the cost of benefits.  If the amount for benefits from your funding source is less than the total cost, then the PI must cover the remaining amount from his/her own sources.

    In addition to paying a very small portion of your medical care premium, you may be required to make a co-payment when you visit a health care provider. 

    Refer to the UCSF Postdoctoral Affairs Office website for more information about postdoc benefits:

    All UC Postdocs are represented by a union.  The union contract also has information about your benefits. Read “Article 3, Benefits” at:

  • International Students

    Students registered in a degree earning professional school or graduate division program are automatically enrolled in UC SHIP. UC SHIP meets the J-1 Visa requirements. Coverage commences at the start of the academic quarter. The UC SHIP complements the healthcare you receive at Student Health and Counseling Services. For details on UC SHIP plan benefits please visit:

  • International Non-Postdoctoral Scholars

    The list is not exhaustive nor does it imply any endorsement or product guarantee by UCSF International Students and Scholars Office.

    VISIT Travel & Medical Insurance Program
    PO Box 210
    Mount Vernon, VA 22121
    Toll Free: (1-800) 247-5575
    General: (1-703) 660-9062

    Students Coverage (International Student Health Insurance)
    355 West Olive Avenue
    Suite #205
    Sunnyvale, CA 94086
    Phone: (408) 737-.2538
    Fax: (408) 737-2555

    TaiAn Financial LLC (International Health Insurance)
    13747 Fieldshire Terr., Carmel, IN 46074

    Email: [email protected]
    Phone (English): (317) 318-8259
    Phone (Chinese): (317) 318-8258
    Website (English):
    Website (Chinese):

    International SOS
    International SOS Assistance Inc.
    3600 Horizon Boulevard
    Suite 300
    Philadelphia, PA 19053  
    Phone: (215) 942-8000
    Fax: (215) 942-8299