124 Professors Row, Medford, MA. 02155 ~ Tel: 617-627-3350 ~ Fax: 617-627-3592
Business and Insurance Office

The Business Office is open:
Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

Please call our staff at 617-627-3350 if you have a question and we are closed.

The FALL waiver site will open on June 1, 2015 at SIS (Student Information System), under 'Request'.

In order to make an informed decision on waiving or enrolling in the insurance, please read the NEW Insurance Information Flyer for 2015-2016 >

If you have comparable Health Insurance coverage which is accepted in the state of Massachusetts, you can waive the Health Insurance.
Comparable Coverage Letter >


  • The Absolute last date to waive the Fall Health Insurance will be SEPTEMBER 15TH
  • The Absolute last date to waive the Spring Health Insurance will be JANUARY 15TH
  • Any exceptions to this rule will have to Petition Directly with Insurance Company

Health Insurance Requirements:

The state of Massachusetts requires that all full time students attending universities in this state have health insurance. They further list minimum requirements for what insurance plans do and do not qualify as comparable coverage.

It is very important that you understand what these requirements are so that you can carefully plan and budget for these expenses. As you prepare to attend Tufts University, rather than simply directing you to the link for the state of Massachusetts Student Health Insurance Plan information, we are highlighting in this letter the minimum requirements of plans that will be accepted as well as what specific benefit levels would be excluded from coverage.

Please carefully review this checklist:

  • My plan must have a valid US address. International policies cannot be accepted, according to state requirements.
  • My plan provides and maintains coverage for the full 2015-2016 academic year, as well as evacuation and repatriation benefits.
  • My plan must provide reasonably comprehensive coverage of health services, including primary care, emergency services, surgical services, hospitalization benefits, ambulatory patient services, and mental health services, and these services must be reasonably accessible to me in the area where I am attending school.
  • My plan must provide unlimited coverage for prescriptions for the 2015-2016 academic years.
  • My plan does not limit coverage for a pre-existing condition.
  • My plan does not impose an annual or lifetime limit for essential health benefits.
  • I understand that a health insurance plan that provides coverage through a closed network of providers, not reasonably accessible to me in the area where I attend school, for all but emergency services does not qualify for a waiver. Examples of closed networks include students enrolled in MassHealth Limited or the Children's Medical Security Program or the Health Safety Net, Kaiser Permanente Insurance and out of state Medicaid programs.
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