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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 TypeMinimum coverage
Medical benefits  (per accident or injury)$100,000
Repatriation of remains$25,000
Medical evacuation$50,000
Maximum Deductible (per accident or illness)$500

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. 

Ohio University benefits eligible employees should reach out to Greg Fialko ( in the Ohio University Benefits Office to enroll in the J-1 compliant plan.