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All J-1 Scholars: Health Insurance

Federal J visa regulations require all J-1 and J-2 visa holders to carry health insurance for the entire duration of their program. 

Coverage Requirements

The insurance must meet or exceed the following requirements:

Coverage Type

Minimum coverage

Medical benefits  (per accident or injury)


Repatriation of remains


Medical evacuation


Maximum Deductible (per accident or illness)


Purchase Options

Visiting Scholars have three options for purchasing insurance:

Option 1:  Purchase the Ohio University student insurance plan.  To make this purchase, you will need to work directly with the student insurance office on campus. 

Option 2:  Purchase a J-1 Exchange Visitor appropriate policy from one of the following known companies.  (Please note that Ohio University does not endorse these companies.)

Option 3:  Find and purchase a different policy that meets the minimum requirements. 

Benefits eligible employees should be aware that the employee insurance offered by Ohio University does not meet the requirements of the J visa due to the annual deductible amount. Employees will need to pursue one of the three options listed above.