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UC Regents require enrolled students to have adequate health insurance.  Registered domestic and international students and students registered in-absentia are automatically enrolled in UC SHIP.  Students who already have a health plan may apply to waive enrollment in   UC SHIP.  Check your student health center website for fall waiver dates and watch for UC SHIP 2015-16 highlights and waiver deadlines  coming soon to your campus email inbox.

Click here to review the minimum waiver criteria for AY2015-16.  Review your options carefully.  UC SHIP is a low-cost, comprehensive package designed for students.  Only UC SHIP offers UC FAMILY network discounts for students.  Dental and vision are part of the UC SHIP package. 


UC SHIP offers terrific value when members access medical care through any of the five nationally recognized University of California health systems, including UC hospitals and affiliated professional providers.  UC medical centers and provider groups are in Anthem Blue Cross' network, but even deeper discounts are available to UC SHIP members.  Learn more about UC SHIP here!

Three-tier benefit plan designs were introduced this year for UC campuses at Hastings College of the Law, Irvine (graduate students), Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco so students get even more savings.  The "UC Family" tier requires no annual deductible, and has the lowest copayments and coinsurance for our students. 

Click on your campus on the left menu bar to find the 2014-15 plan brochure on your campus home page, your road map to understanding your benefits and how UC SHIP works.    

Highlighting UC SHIP in 2014-15

UC SHIP continues to comply with the major requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  See new enhancements below:

  • Expansion of genetic testing and coverage for clinical trials according to Anthem Blue Cross' clinical quidelines. 
  • Coverage for prescribed over-the-counter (OTC) emergency contraception drugs.
  • Coverage for prescribed OTC smoking cessation drugs. 
  • Reach the maximum amount you have to pay in medical and pharmacy expenses quicker in 2014-15 because medical and pharmacy copayments accrue to the maximum as well as coinsurance and deductibles you pay for covered services.  Expenses for non-covered services do not apply. 


Effective January 1, 2014, UC joined 1,100 American universities by implementing a systemwide smoke & tobacco-free environment to improve and protect the health of its students, faculty and staff.  The new policy prohibits the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, snuff, snus, water pipes, pipes, hookahs, chew and any other non-combustible tobacco product. 

UC SHIP members, contact your student health center on campus for support and information about smoking cessation and prescription drugs covered under your plan, including prescribed over-the-counter drugs.  When your student health center is closed, call Anthem Blue Cross' 24/7 Nurseline to discuss health concerns at (877) 351-3457.