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Health Insurance

Purchase students participating in any Purchase College or SUNY sponsored study abroad program are required to be enrolled in the SUNY international comprehensive health insurance policy through United Healthcare.

United Healthcare provides the SUNY coverage for medical treatment due to accident or illness. Once you have been enrolled in the SUNY insurance, you will receive instructions from United Healthcare to register and access your account. You will be able to print your health insurance ID card which is your proof of coverage. Do this as soon as you receive instructions, as there is much valuable information available on the website. 

Please note that the international health insurance policy becomes effective once you are abroad, it does not cover any medical expenses in the U.S. To avoid any gaps in coverage, make sure you are covered by your current domestic health insurance until your date of departure from the U.S.

Once enrolled, you will receive an email from that an ID card is available for you.

For more details about the plan, review the Study Abroad Health Insurance Brochure.

To view, download or request a hard copy ID Card, please visit:

Services covered by United Healthcare include:

  • Preventative Care
  • Primary Care Office Visits
  • Urgent Care Visits
  • Emergency Care
  • Inpatient/Outpatient Hospital Care
  • Mental Health Services
  • Required Immunizations
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Labs and Imaging
  • Ambulance
  • Maternity and Nursery Care for a Covered Pregnancy
  • Tel-A-Doc (refer to brochure)
  • Medical, Political, Natural Disaster Evacuation and Repatriation

Note: More detailed and country-specific information will be available in the handbook you will receive during your Pre-Departure Orientation.