Health Insurance Requirements

J-1 visa holders are required to maintain health insurance throughout the period of stay in the U.S., for themselves and all J-2 dependents that accompany the J- 1. Failure to maintain such health insurance while in the United States will be considered a violation of the J status and may lead to termination of the J legal status. The coverage outlined below has been defined by U.S. federal regulations [22 CFR 62.14]:

Required Coverage for all J-1 visa holders and their J-2 dependents should meet the minimum requirements outlined below:

Item Minimum Coverage
Medical benefits $100,000
Repatriation of remains $25,000
Medical evacuation $50,000
Deductible per accident or illness $500
  • Includes provision for co-payment that does not exceed 25% co-pay by the Exchange Visitor;
  • Does not exclude benefits for perils inherent to the activities of the Exchange Visitor's program.

Any policy, plan, or contract secured to fill the above requirements must, at a minimum, be:

  1. Underwritten by an insurance corporation having an A.M. Best rating of ''A-'' or above, an Insurance Solvency International, Ltd. (ISI) rating of ''A-i'' or above, a Standard & Poor's Claims-paying Ability rating of ''A-'' or above, a Weiss Research, Inc. rating of B+ or above, or such other rating as the Department of State may from time to time specify; or
  2. Backed by the full faith and credit of the government of the exchange visitor's home country; or
  3. Part of a health benefits program offered on a group basis to employees or enrolled students by a designated sponsor; or
  4. Offered through or underwritten by a federally qualified Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) or eligible Competitive Medical Plan (CMP) as determined by the Health Care Financing Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Self-funded exchange visitors, or those employed by the University without health insurance benefits, should purchase the insurance prior to coming to U.S. We strongly recommend that all J visitors purchase a short-term travelers insurance to cover at least the first month in the U.S. Even if health insurance is offered as part of the benefit package, the coverage may not begin immediately.

Health Insurance Options

  1. Travelers Insurance purchased in the home country which covers the above requirements.
  2. Health Insurance plan purchased from the following providers:

J-1 exchange visitors receiving University of Nevada health insurance are required to buy an additional coverage for Medical Evacuation and Repatriation to their home country. This insurance can be purchased from the following providers or any others you find: