I’ve been getting a lot of questions from CSU graduate and international students. I just confirmed with the Colorado State University (CSU) Health Network that they’re not budging (much) on the requirement that graduate and international students have a $500 deductible if they want to waive the CSU Student Health Insurance. The person I talked to did mention they might allow a $1000 deductible if the student can prove sufficient financial resources to pay such a large bill.
Meanwhile, the CSU Student Health Insurance Plan has a policy year limit of $250,000 per accident/illness. It’s much better than a mini-med, but they still have a reputation for getting maxed out. I asked if they’ve ever had a student hit the limit (like has happened at other schools), and she said she could only think of one minor case when the student was able to wait until the next calendar year when the benefits started over.
The CSU Health Network is a really great organization though, if it weren’t for the low cap on benefits. They have top notch providers and are very friendly and helpful. And on January 1, 2014, even university health insurance plans will be required to not have a cap on benefits because of the Affordable Care Act.