Student Health Insurance & Coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Angelo State University students have the option to purchase student health insurance provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (through Academic HealthPlans).
Academic HealthPlans: Enrollment NOW through February 14, 2017.
- To learn more or enroll in the student health insurance: goto Academic HealthPlans or call 855-850-4299.
The plan, referenced above, is offered to current ASU students (that meet eligibility requirements) and does fulfill the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
Affordable Care Act (ACA)
The payment of the compulsory Medical Services Fee at ASU and the use of the University Clinic do not satisfy the requirements of the ACA.
You can enroll in or change 2017 Marketplace health insurance right now.
Important dates to note:
- November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment started — first day to enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2017.
- December 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start January 1, 2017.
- January 1, 2017: 2017 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15.
- January 31, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
- The Student Insurance offering through Academic HealthPlans is available for enrollment NOW through February 14, 2017.
- You can still get coverage this year if you qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). These programs cover people with limited incomes, disabilities, and some family situations. You can apply any time. If you qualify, you can enroll immediately. Select “See if you qualify for Medicaid/CHIP” to see if you may qualify.
Note: There are some other situations which may qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period. Learn about complex situations.
ACA Help Available
6 Assisters within 25 miles of 76909, San Angelo, TX
(listed closest to farthest away from the ASU campus)
Options for students to meet ACA requirements:
- Per the ACA, parents may keep their student(s) on their insurance plan at work until the date that they reach age 26.
- Students may purchase the insurance plan offered in this website from Academic HealthPlans as this policy meets ACA requirements.
- Students may purchase a catastrophic health insurance plan up until age 30 that satisfies the ACA requirements.
Please feel free to contact David Rosipal, 325-486-6736, for more information.
Questions about the ACA
Are there any online resources available to learn more about the ACA?
Check out the Health and Human Services website to get a good understanding about the law and how it may affect you
Are there any exemptions from the law?
Yes. The following reasons may be cause for an exemption: (1) Individuals who cannot afford coverage, (2) Individuals with household incomes below filing threshold, (3) Members of federally recognized Indian tribes, (4) Individuals who experience hardship, (5) Individuals who experience a short coverage gap, (6) Members of certain religious sects, (7) Members of health care sharing ministry, (8) Incarcerated individuals, and (8) Illegal immigrants.
Is there any federal financial assistance for purchasing health insurance?
Yes! The Law contains provisions for federal assistance to individuals (and businesses) in the form of Tax Credits. Depending on your income level and other factors, you can receive aid to help pay for health insurance.
I am an international student; are there any restrictions on my ability to access the marketplace?
Students who are U.S. citizens or nationals, including non-citizens who are lawfully present in the United States for the period where enrollment is sought, are able to access the marketplace. For more information, please see the Healthcare.gov page on non-citizens.
Where can I buy insurance if my employer doesn’t provide insurance?
Individuals can purchase personal insurance on the health insurance marketplace online as of October 1. Citizens have until March to select a health coverage option without penalty. Certain states have elected to host their own state exchanges. Other states, like Texas, have opted to participate in the federal exchange. In either case, you can purchase personal insurance online.
I am a college student over the age of 26. How will the ACA affect me?
It depends on the source of your health insurance. Approximately half of Americans receive insurance through their employers. Ask your employer about your specific healthcare options. If you are purchasing insurance for yourself, check out the ASU Student Health Plan, or the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace.
How will the Affordable Care Act affect me as a college student?
It depends on the source of your insurance. For those not participating in the available ASU student health insurance plan, the Affordable Care Act provides coverage options.
The law allows young adults under the age of 26 to stay on their parent’s insurance. Thus, most college students won’t need to worry about insurance until they enter the workforce and receive insurance as a work benefit.
How will the law affect me if I already have health insurance?
You don’t have to do anything if you already have health insurance. The Affordable Care Act allows you to keep qualified insurance plans you already have but requires that your insurance company does an even better job providing benefits and preventive care. Remember to review your health insurance options carefully. You have until March 2014 to enroll in a health plan without penalty. Angelo State University also offers an insurance plan, which provides comprehensive coverage options for students. This insurance does meet the requirements of the ACA.
Does paying the Medical Services Fee and using the Campus Health Clinic satisfy the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?
No, You will need to purchase insurance through healthcare.gov or buy the insurance offered through the university.
Can I buy a “catastrophic” plan to lower costs?
People under 30 and some people with limited incomes may buy what is called a “catastrophic” health plan. It protects you from very high medical costs.
A catastrophic plan generally requires you to pay ALL of your medical costs up to a certain amount, usually several thousand dollars. Costs for essential health benefits over that are generally paid by the insurance company.
These policies usually have lower premiums than a comprehensive plan, but cover you only if you need a lot of care. They basically protect you from worst-case scenarios.
Marketplace catastrophic plans cover prevention
In the Marketplace, catastrophic policies cover three primary care visits per year at no cost. They also cover free preventive benefits.
Catastrophic plans for people with limited incomes
People 30 and over with low incomes for whom other insurance is not considered affordable or who have received a hardship exemption from the fee may be able to buy these catastrophic plans in the Marketplace.
Learn if you qualify in the Marketplace
When you fill out a Marketplace application you’ll see catastrophic plans listed as options if you qualify for them. If you don’t qualify for a catastrophic plan, you won’t see them as an option.