The University of Hawai'i encourages students to think about their health insurance needs. Lack of adequate insurance coverage may be financially devastating in the event of a major illness or accident. Medical costs can be a burden even in the case of a minor illness. Consequently, the purchase of medical insurance should not be considered "extra," but rather should be viewed as a cost of daily living, in the same way as housing, food and transportation. Please be aware that medical insurance is considered a legitimate cost of education for purposes of financial aid and should be listed on your financial aid application.

The University of Hawai'i has selected HMSA (Hawaii Medical Service Association, Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Hawaii) to provide student health insurance for UH students for the academic year (Fall 2016 - Summer 2017). If you do not already have health insurance coverage, we strongly recommend that you consider enrolling in this plan.

For the 2016-2017 plan year, you have a choice of plan options for the UH Student Plan. All options provide medical and prescription drug coverage along with laboratory, radiology, mental health, family planning, medical evacuation, and overseas travel benefits. However depending on your health insurance needs, you also have the option to purchase dental and Repatriation, Life Insurance, and Accidental Death & Dismemberment benefits.

Information for CURRENT UH STUDENT PLAN MEMBERS (enrolled during Summer 2016):

HMSA mailed your bill for the Fall 2016 insurance premium around July 15. The bill was mailed to the address that you put on your application form (unless you notified them of any changes after your initial enrollment).

If you still meet the eligibility requirements and would like to continue your Student Health Insurance Plan:

  1. Go to to renew your insurance coverage
    1. If you are satisfied with your current plan, select “no changes”. If you want to change your benefit option (add/cancel Dental, or Repatriation, Life and AD&D benefits) or if you want to add or cancel a dependent(s) then you can do this online until August 20. After August 20, you need to make these changes in person or by mail. Open Enrollment for the Student Plan ends September 23.
    2. Complete the HIPAA Authorization Form

  2. Pay your bill by August 20, 2016
    Payment should be made directly to HMSA and can be made several ways:
    1. MAIL: Mail payment with your bill to HMSA.
    2. ONLINE: Log in to HMSA’s My Account on to pay by credit card or bank account
    3. PHONE: Call 1-800-782-4672 or 1-855-613-9221 to pay using your bank account or credit card
    4. IN PERSON: Bring your bill and pay in person at any HMSA office

IMPORTANT: If you do not receive your bill by August 1, please contact HMSA’s Customer Service Department at (808) 948-6111. If you do not pay by August 20, your Student Plan will be cancelled as of August 20, 2016 (last day of coverage August 19, 2016). If you meet the fall eligibility requirements then you will have to reapply as NEW for the fall semester.

Go to for more information or to renew or enroll on the UH Student Plan.

Last Updated: 07.22.2016