• UK Student Health Plan

    Health Fee vs. health coverage 

    The Health Fee is a mandatory fee on your tuition bill that covers a variety of services for free (or at low cost) at University Health Service.  The Health Fee is not a health plan and it is not meant to replace health coverage.

    Consider your health care in two parts:

    1. All University of Kentucky full-time students pay the mandatory Health Fee that entitles them to most services at University Health Service for free.
    2. Health coverage is strongly recommended for expenses not covered by the Health Fee, including most diagnostic procedures (laboratory tests, X-rays, MRIs), surgery, hospitalization and prescription medication. 

    You can find a list of basic health coverage terminology here (PDF, 73 KB)

    Although UK students are welcome to use the health plan of their choice, they are invited to purchase the UK Student Health Plan (SHP). UK SHP is customized by the school to meet the year-round needs of UK students and their families at a competitive price.

    For CESL students who do not want to purchase the Student Health Plan, and would like to apply to waive the Student Health Plan, the Benefit Verification Request Form is available here: Benefit Verification Request Form Spring 2017 (PDF, 274 KB). This form shows UK that your outside health plan meets UK’s minimum requirements for health coverage. This form must be completed by your sponsoring agent, or current health plan provider, and sent to email studenthealthplan@uky.edu before the deadline. Once we receive the form, we will then approve or deny your waiver based on your eligibility. 

    UK Student Health Plan (SHP)

    Health plan

    The University of Kentucky is contracted with Academic HealthPlans, Inc. in conjunction with Anthem to provide the school-sponsored student health plan for the 2015/2016 school year. Additional details are available on the UK Student Health Plan (SHP) website.

    On the SHP website you can:

    • View the complete Certificate Brochure with coverage details.
    • Review the frequently asked questions.
    • Enroll in/purchase the plan.

    Remember, purchasing a health plan is never a guarantee you will avoid out-of-pocket costs for medical care. The best way to make this, or any, coverage work for you is to be informed and proactive. Check the covered benefits before your procedure whenever possible. Know the specifics and communicate with your medical provider.

    For help

    Contact Academic HealthPlans (AHP) at 855-856-2385.

    If you have questions not addressed by the SHP website or AHP’s customer service department, the UK SHP Office is available to assist you. Call 859-218-3208 or email studenthealthplan@uky.edu for an appointment.

    Waiver Appeal Request Procedures and Forms (PDF, 342 KB) »