1. Before their first term of each academic year begins, students can choose one of three options by completing a process called Select/Waive Coverage in their My Buckeye Link. The options are:
- Purchase the Student Health Insurance Benefits Plan
- Purchase the WilceCare Supplement and Waive the SHI Benefits Plan (You have other medical insurance for the academic year)
- Waive the SHI Benefits Plan (You have other medical insurance for the academic year)
Deadlines apply. Whether the choice goes into effect is confirmed when the appropriate health insurance fee posts (or does not post) to the student’s Statement of Account.
To waive SHI Benefits Plan, students must submit proof of medical coverage for the academic year. We advise students to verify their other coverage will serve them well while they're at school.
An SHI Benefits Plan choice stays in place for the remainder of the policy year, unless the student experiences a Qualifying Event. This applies to a default choice as well (see below). The policy year corresponds to the academic year. A WilceCare Supplement and Waiver choice stays in place for the remainder of the policy year. A Waiver choice stays in place for the remainder of the policy year. However, students can newly select SHI Benefits Plan coverage for a subsequent academic term if they do so before the published Select/Waive deadline for that term.
AUTOMATIC ENROLLMENT: If students do not complete the Select/Waive process before the deadline, their choice defaults to the SHI Benefits Plan and the fee will post to their university State of Account for each coverage period they remain eligible within the policy year. Default coverage is single (“student only”) or, if you are a returning member, the level you selected for the previous term.
Note: It is the student's responsibility to view their online Statement of Account at the beginning of each term (and any time changes are made to their course enrollment) to ensure that it reflects the appropriate level of health insurance for that term, regardless of a college or university program's involvement in the registration process and/or who is paying the fee.