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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).

To learn more or enroll in the student health insurance, go to 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.

Mental Health Emergencies

Contact University Police immediately at 325-942-2071 so that a counselor can be paged, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room, or call the MHMR Crisis Hotline at 325-653-5933.

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The payment of the compulsory Medical Services Fee at ASU and/or the use of the University Clinic do not satisfy the requirements of the ACA. Visit the Blog.

A quick guide to the Health Insurance Marketplace

Dates and deadlines for 2018 health insurance

You can enroll in or change 2018 Marketplace health insurance right now. The 2018 Open Enrollment Period runs from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017.

IMPORTANT: 2018 Open Enrollment is shorter than in previous years

This is a shorter enrollment period than previous years, so it’s important to act quickly. If you don’t act by December 15, you can’t get 2018 coverage unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Plans sold during Open Enrollment start January 1, 2018.

  • November 1, 2017: Open Enrollment started — first day to enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2018 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace
  • December 15, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change plans for 2018 coverage. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
  • January 1, 2018: 2018 coverage starts, if premium paid

Get started

  • First time using Create an account now.
  • Have 2017 Marketplace insurance? Log in now to update your application and compare plans for 2018.
  • Want to see plans first? Preview 2018 plans with price estimates based on your income, before logging in.

Still need 2017 coverage?

Open Enrollment for 2017 health coverage ended January 31, 2017. You can still get 2017 health insurance 2 ways:

September 21, 2017

Don’t delay: Get your free flu shot this fall

Did you know the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu shot by the end of October? If you have Marketplace health insurance, your flu shot is free from a provider in your plan’s network. Here are 3 more reasons you should get the flu shot:

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3 reasons to get the flu shot

  • It helps keep your family and friends healthy: In addition to keeping you healthy, getting vaccinated yourself helps protect people around you, especially those who are more prone to getting sick, like babies, children, and older people.
  • It’s a small step to better health and well-being: By protecting yourself from the flu, you may have fewer doctor’s visits and miss less work or school.
  • Nobody likes being sick: The flu shot can help protect against unpleasant side effects of the flu, including fever, chills, and fatigue.

Get more information on the 2018 flu season from the CDC.

Don’t miss out on 2018 Marketplace Open Enrollment updates

Open Enrollment for 2018 Marketplace health insurance starts November 1! It’s shorter this year and ends December 15. Connect with us now, so you don’t miss out on deadline reminders and updates.

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3 ways to stay up-to-date about the Marketplace

  • Sign up for email or text updates and reminders: Visit the homepage, enter your email address under “Get important news & updates,” and click “Sign up.”

  • Connect with someone in your area to answer any questions you have: Visit our Find Local Help page and search by city and state or ZIP code to find trained helpers in your community.

  • Interact with us on social media: Follow us on TwitterThis link takes you to a website not operated by the federal government. The site may have different privacy and security policies., and like us on FacebookThis link takes you to a website not operated by the federal government. The site may have different privacy and security policies..

Get more information on 2018 Open Enrollment

Options for students to meet ACA requirements:

  1. Per the ACA, parents may keep their student(s) on their insurance plan at work until the date that they reach age 26.
  2. Students may purchase the insurance plan offered in this website from Academic HealthPlans as this policy meets ACA requirements.
  3. 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.

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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 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 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.

    If you have a catastrophic plan in the Marketplace, you can’t get lower costs on your monthly premiums or on out-of-pocket costs based on your income.

    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.

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  • Student Health Insurance

    Campus Student Health Insurance Plan offered through Academic Health Plans

  • Mental Health Emergencies

    For mental health emergencies, please call the ASU Helpline at 325-486-6345. Help is available 24/7.

  • Shannon Clinic Feedback Form

    If you have used the contracted Health Services at the ASU Campus Clinic or at one of the Shannon Clinic Urgent Care locations and need to express concerns about the way you were treated, quality of care, or any concerns in general, please do the following:

    1. Go to the Shannon Medical Center Form
    2. Fill out the page completely and make sure that under the Comment section that you clearly state that you are an ASU student and note when you used the service.
    3. Submit the form

    Shannon Clinic will contact you and resolve your inquiry in a timely manner.

    For further attention and help, please contact Mr. David Rosipal at 325-486-6736 or by e-mail at All inquiries will be kept confidential and will comply with HIPAA regulations.