Health Insurance

Health Insurance

: International Students

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All J-1 Visa participants must certify that they have a valid health insurance policy to comply with State Department requirements. You will need to bring proof of insurance with you when you come to the United States to provide to The Washington Center.


Health Insurance Policy

Your policy must include:


  • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness.
  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000.
  • Expenses associated with the medical evacuation to my home country in the amount of $50,000.
  • A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.

Insurance Provider Requirements

The insurance provider must meet at least one of the following requirements:


  • The policy must be underwritten by an insurance corporation with an A.M. Best rating of A- or above;
  • A McGraw Hill Financial/Standard & Poor’s claims paying Ability rating of A- or above;
  • A Weiss Research, Inc. rating of B+ or above;
  • A Moody’s Investor Services rating of A3 or above or
  • Be backed by the full faith and credit of the government of your home country or be offered through or underwritten by a federally qualified Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) or eligible Competitive Medical Plan (CMP), as determined by the Health Care Financing Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

You are required to obtain a health insurance policy that meets these requirements prior to your arrival in Washington, D.C.


Our Recommendations

We recommend that you take an extra month of coverage to ensure that you are covered on the dates of your travel as well as a few days after the completion of your program until your return home. If you would like to purchase a health insurance policy in the United States, please look for providers that offer short term coverage for international students. The Washington Center can recommend local health insurance providers; policies can be bought online for approximately $50 per month. For more information, please contact


Please note that The Washington Center does not endorse any health insurance providers, and is not responsible for any claims or outstanding issues with providers.

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