Enrollment, Verification, and Waivers
Fall 2017 Open Enrollment
Wake Forest requires health insurance for all full-time enrolled students. Students must elect to either enroll in the insurance program or request to waive enrollment if they carry comparable personal health insurance meeting the criteria set by WFU (detailed below). The enrollment or waiver election may be made at any time prior to 11/1 by visiting www.bcbsnc.com/wfu.
New for the 2017-2018 academic year – Creating a Student Blue account
All new students will need to create a Student Blue account in order to request enrollment or waiver. Once the Student Blue account is created, it will house all communications from Blue Cross Blue Shield in the account message center, and allow for follow up regarding your enrollment or waiver status. This account will be used each year for the enrollment in or waiver from Student Blue. Please retain the Student Blue user id and password for future reference.
Steps to create an account:
Visit the webpage – www.bcbsnc.com/wfu
Based on your election, you may choose – Enrollment, Enroll Now OR Waiver, Request A Waiver
The next step is to create a Student Blue account as a NEW USER.
Once the account is created, follow the prompts to complete the enrollment or application for waiver.
Please enroll at this time at www.bcbsnc.com/wfu. From the Student Blue homepage, select Enrollment > Enroll Now, and create a Student Blue account (select New User) to continue. Failure to enroll online will delay activation of your coverage and receipt of ID cards until after the August 1 deadline. Merely paying your student bill with the insurance charge DOES NOT automatically activate your SIP coverage. If your are a current member of the Student Blue plan and wish to continue coverage for 2016-2017, you will need to visit the website and actively enroll for the new benefits year, as your coverage will not automatically continue. Once enrollment is submitted online, BCBSNC will send an email confirming the receipt of your information and enrollment election, as the Student Blue plan is administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Please retain your Student Blue account login and password for future use during periods of open enrollment. Further information regarding the plan benefits may be found at www.bcbsnc.com/wfu or on the SIP website at www.wfu.edu/sip. The plan benefits year is 8/1/16 – 7/31/17.
Please do so at this time by visiting www.bcbsnc.com/wfu. From the Student Blue homepage, select Waiver > Request a Waiver, and create a Student Blue account (select New User) to continue. You will need your current insurance ID card handy along with your Student ID to complete the waiver. Once you complete the waiver application online, BCBSNC will send an email confirming the receipt of your waiver application. Please note that this email is only confirmation of the receipt of your insurance information, and the waiver request may be subject to further review to ensure compliance with the University criteria (noted below). If at any time the waiver information is found to be invalid, the waiver can be denied. In order to receive a credit for the health insurance premium on the student account, a waiver must be submitted, and a credit to the student account can be expected within 7 business days of submission. Please retain your Student Blue account login and password for future use during periods of open enrollment.
Criteria for Waiver:
1) Have a lifetime maximum benefit of at least $1,000,000. Plans with per incident, per illness or maximums that are less than the lifetime maximum are not acceptable
2) Provide access to health care providers in the Winston-Salem, NC area (Reynolda campus students) or Charlotte, NC area (Charlotte campus students) for emergency and non-emergency conditions, including mental health care. If you have an HMO and Winston-Salem, NC (Reynolda campus students) or Charlotte, NC (Charlotte campus students) is out-of-network, your coverage doesn’t meet our criteria. If your HMO offers guest privileges, you must contact your insurer to receive guest privileges and do so prior to waiving coverage
3) Provide prescription drug benefits
4) Remain in effect while enrolled at WFU
International students with F or J visas will not have the option to waive from the Student Blue plan online, and are eligible for waiver only if they are covered by a plan reviewed and approved by the University based on the criteria above. International students will need to email their insurance policy to firstname.lastname@example.org to have it reviewed, and the Student Insurance office will advise if the plan is acceptable for waiver, or if enrollment into Student Blue is required. In addition to the criteria above, the plan must be provided by a company licensed to do business in the U.S. with (a) a U.S. claim payment office, (b) a U.S. telephone number, and (c) plan literature available in English. Travel polices are not accepted for waiver, nor are plans with extensive exclusions of coverage.
2016-17 Cost of Coverage (August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017)
2016-17 Premium Information:
All Subscribers $1,275 per semester; $2,550 annually
Loss of insurance coverage
If you have a loss of health insurance coverage, please contact email@example.com immediately to be enrolled in the Student Blue plan. Students must contact us within 30 days of loss of coverage to avoid pre-existing condition exclusions.
If a student is found to have no insurance or insurance that doesn’t meet our criteria (even after applying for waiver), he/she will be enrolled in the Student Blue plan through WFU.
Wake Forest University exempt and nonexempt employees and faculty members (who may also be degree-seeking students) are not eligible to enroll in Student Blue. This exclusion does not apply to WFU students who have assistantships.