Boise State will launch a new opt-in insurance plan for its students beginning this fall.
Students will now have that option to enroll in a Voluntary Student Health Insurance Plan (VSHIP). VSHIP will replace the mandatory student health insurance plan (SHIP), which the State Board of Education suspended.
VSHIP will retain the waiving of co-pays and deductible costs for students who go to University Health Services to receive care. This will include medical visits, counseling, massages and dietitian services.
“We heard from many students who were on SHIP that losing the benefit of having co-pays and deductible costs waived when they received care at Health Services really hurt them financially and negatively impacted their ability to continue receiving care,” Assistant Director of Patient and Business Services Tara Brooks said. “We wanted to provide an option to students who weren’t covered by a parent’s plan and couldn’t find an option that fit their needs on the exchange. With this being a voluntary plan, we hope it eliminates the challenges some students had with having to waive out every semester, but provides the benefits and coverage that the students who were on SHIP previously enjoyed.”