Students enrolled in programs on the Health Sciences campus
Is there a voluntary plan available for students to purchase if they are not mandated to have health insurance?
Yes, please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What if I am already insured under another health insurance plan?
If you already have health insurance and want to continue coverage under your current plan, you will need to complete a waiver form. Go to the section tab “Waiver Application” under Student Insurance for instructions on completing your application. If your current insurance plan meets the coverage requirements established by the Board of Regents, then a waiver will be approved. If your waiver application is approved, a credit for the insurance premium will be posted to your POUNCE account. If your waiver application is denied, you can appeal the decision by contacting Student Health Services (SHS) at 706-721-3448 or email email@example.com.
When do I have to apply for an insurance waiver?
There are specific times each semester when the waiver application process opens and closes. Please refer to the “Waiver Application” section of our website.
If I waive Augusta University - Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), can I still use the Student Health Services (SHS)?
Yes, all Augusta University students who are enrolled are automatically billed a semester fee for SHS and can be receive services at SHS. Active students that are in-between semesters and on-line students can receive services and should contact SHS for a fee schedule.
When does Augusta University - SHIP coverage begin and end?
Augusta University - SHIP is an annual policy and the premium is billed in two installments (Fall and Spring/Summer). Coverage begins August 1 and ends July 31.
Can I enroll in Augusta University - SHIP outside the enrollment period?
Yes, contact the Student Health office to discuss your options.
Can I cancel my Augusta University - SHIP enrollment?
If you do not have an approved waiver, you are required to maintain this insurance policy based on the Augusta University insurance requirements as mentioned previously.
If I am enrolled in Augusta University - SHIP can I go to any doctor that I want?
Augusta University Student Health Services is the primary care provider for students enrolled in Augusta University - SHIP. You must see a provider at SHS to obtain a referral when you need outside medical attention.
Should you need a service not offered at SHS, your clinician will refer you to an off-campus health care provider. Your clinician may suggest a specific provider, or you can choose a provider. Going to an in-network provider insures the least out-of-pocket costs. In-network providers for the Augusta University SHIP can be located by going to www.uhcsr.com/gru
Is there a deductible? a copay? a co-insurance? a limit to my out-of-pocket payments? maximum per policy year?
Please refer to the “Health Insurance Benefits” section of our website
Are there services that the Augusta University SHIP does not cover?
Yes, some conditions and/or services are not covered. The Schedule of Benefits and Exclusions can be found in the plan brochure at www.uhcsr.com/gru.
What do I do if I have to go to the emergency room?
In the event of an emergency, go immediately to the nearest medical facility for treatment.
Any follow-up care that is provided outside of SHS requires a referral. The deductible and co-insurance will apply for emergency services.
If I am away from campus, how do I obtain medical care?
If you are more than 30 miles away from campus, you are not required to go to SHS and may visit any provider. A referral is not necessary, but it is recommended that you visit an in-network provider. In-network providers for the Augusta University SHIP can be located by going to www.uhcsr.com/gru Augusta University-SHIP provides worldwide coverage. If you require medical care outside the US please refer to the “Travel Plan” section on our website. .Please take your insurance card with you while traveling.
How do I obtain a Augusta University-SHIP insurance card?
Go to the link below to set up your account and print your insurance card. Insurance cards are no longer mailed to you.
Can my spouse and dependents enroll in Augusta University-SHIP?
Eligible dependents are the spouse or dependent children of the covered student under age 26. To enroll your spouse or dependents, please go to www.uhcsr.com/gru.
How do I obtain a brochure describing Augusta University-SHIP coverage?
For a complete brochure go to www.uhcsr.com/gru.
Does Augusta University-SHIP provide a prescription drug benefit?
Yes, the plan has a prescription drug benefit. The schedule of prescription benefits can be found in the plan brochure at www.uhcsr.com/gru.
Who do I contact concerning a denial of a claim by the SHIP for services received at SHS?
Contact Student Health Services at 706-721-3448 for any questions concerning claims.
Does Augusta University-SHIP provide dental coverage?
Augusta University-SHIP does not provide routine dental coverage. There are benefits for removal of impacted wisdom teeth and injury to sound, natural teeth. See the plan benefits at www.uhcsr.com/gru. A separate dental policy can be purchased by going to www.uhcsr.com/gru.
Does Augusta University-SHIP provide vision coverage?
Augusta University-SHIP does not provide vision coverage. A separate vision policy can be purchased by going to www.uhcsr.com/gru.