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Health Insurance Information

Health Insurance Information Health care is very expensive in the United states. That is why all GVSU international students are required to have health insurance to cover major medical expenses during their stay in the United States. You may purchase a policy in your home country if it meets the following conditions:

1. $100,000 or more in medical benefits

2. $25,000 for repatriation of mortal remains

3. $50,000 for medical evacuation to home country

4. $500 or smaller deductible amount

  • Covers pre-existing conditions after a reasonable waiting period
  • 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
  • Must be underwritten by an insurance company that meets the rating requirements of the USIA or is backed by the full faith and credit of the Exchange Visitor's government.
  • Any accompanying spouse and dependent(s), also may be subject to the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. [22 CFR 62.14(a)]

5. A copy of the policy (in English) must be submitted to the Padnos International Center upon arrival 

Insurance rates: 

8/15/16 – 12/31/16 = $488.34

1/1/17 – 5/14/17 = $470.75

5/15/17 – 8/14/17 = $323.21

If you do not have proof of Health Insurance when you arrive, you will be charged for the Health Insurance through the Padnos International Center. 

Information on GVSUs Campus Health Center 

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Vaccinations: No vaccinations are required by Grand Valley; however, vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and tuberculosis are recommended. No proof is required. If you are bringing any prescription drugs to the United States, you must bring an English translation of the prescription with them. In case any prescriptions are needed while you are here, MetroHealth at the Campus Health Center can assist you.

Medical Attention

Medical Attention: Grand Valley offers medical services through the MetroHealth Center. Students needing urgent medical attention should visit one of the area hospitals, which include Spectrum HealthMary Free BedMetro HealthHelen DeVos Childrens HospitalButterworth Hospital and Saint Marys Health Center. In case of an emergency in the United States, dial 911.