Health Insurance

Required Insurance for all J visa holders

All J-1 Exchange Visitors and their J-2 dependents are required by federal regulations to have medical insurance for the entire period of their stay in the U.S. In the process of issuing your Yale DS-2019, you signed our Insurance Compliance Form stating that you will have insurance while at Yale. If you need to change you plan, below are several companies that are known to cover the J regulation issues.

Paid by Yale?

  • Most new employees are eligible for “benefits” including health insurance
  • Health insurance options include coverage through Yale Health and in some instances Aetna
  • You must sign up for Yale health insurance in your first 30 days (from the visa start date)
  • Health insurance coverage only begins on the first day of the month

Yale Health

  • Many Yale students and staff obtain their health care through Yale Health.
  • If you have a medical emergency you should go to the Yale Health Center or the nearest hospital
  • If it is not a medical emergency, and you are not a member of the Yale Health Plan you may still use some services at Yale Health on a fee for service basis. Contact Yale Health Member Services for details.  Be sure to provide information about your insurance coverage.  It can be very expensive using a fee for service model as with any medical treatment when your insurance does not cover the costs