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Health Insurance

In general, Caltech health insurance, as well as other benefits, will begin on the first day of the month following your date of hire (scholars), or at the start of the academic term (students).   We recommend short-term insurance for students, scholars, and families to ensure coverage from the time of departure from your home country until enrolled in Caltech's insurance plan (if eligible).  If you are taking prescription drugs, bring at least a one-month supply of your medication.

Students. All registered students must have Caltech medical and dental insurance or other insurance that meets Caltech’s waiver requirements.  See Caltech Benefits for more information. 

Scholars. For eligible faculty, staff, postdocs, and visitors, Caltech health insurance will begin on the first day of the month following your date of hire.
• If you start working on February 1, your Caltech coverage begins February 1.
• If you start working on February 15, your Caltech coverage begins March 1.

For eligible scholars, Caltech subsidizes a portion of the cost of health insurance.  See Caltech Benefits for more information.  The 2018 Summary of Caltech Benefits reflects the current cost of health insurance to Caltech scholars on Page 5.  The Summary includes additional information that pertains only to Staff.  Caltech also makes the same plans available to scholars who are not eligible for the Institute subsidy. The Summary Plan Description includes detailed information about Caltech's Health and Welfare Benefits.

J Requirements.J-1 exchange visitors and J-2 dependents must comply with the Department of State J insurance requirements.  Effective January 1, 2019, Medical Evacuation and Repatriation (MER) coverage is provided for free to all active J-1 exchange visitors and J-2 dependents in the Caltech J program.  The Caltech/JPL HMO plans meet the J health insurance requirements.  See J-1 and J-2 Insurance for more details.

J-1 and J-2 exchange visitors who are residents for tax purposes may be subject to the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.  22 CFR 62.14(a)

Dependents.  In general, dependents of Caltech students and scholars are eligible for health insurance.  Please see the student and scholar sections on the Caltech Benefits site for further information.

Changes. You can change your health plan only once a year, during the open enrollment period (October/November). However, if you are part of an HMO, you can change your primary doctor at any time, provided the new doctor belongs to the same medical group and it is before the 30th of the month.


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