Student Affairs Resource Website

Health Insurance


We are in a special open enrollment period for sign up for the Washington Exchange as a result of COVID-19.  The open enrollment ends on May 8, 2020.  (If you are signing up for Apple Health, the Washington Medicaid option, you can sign up anytime.)

For more information about health insurance, view the Washington Health Benefit Exchange Health Insurance 101 webinar and webinar slides. Slide 7 provides information about the current open enrollment; slide 28 provides contacts/navigators who can help you sign up.

We urge each of you to watch the recording and/or review the slides if at all possible and to utilize the open enrollment period (again, open until May 8 in Washington) if you aren’t currently covered and are considering private insurance.

November through mid-December of each year is open enrollment for many health insurance plans, and the UWSOM wants to make sure you are well-informed about your health insurance options. While the University of Washington does not allow us to require that UW students have health insurance, we do strongly encourage students to have it. Most non-Seattle Foundations Sites also require their students to have health insurance.

Students under 26 years old and covered by a parent’s health insurance can remain on their parent’s plan. Students on a spouse or partner’s employer’s insurance plan can remain on that plan.

Non-Washington students: please refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding health insurance options in each WWAMI state.

Washington State residents:

Students needing to purchase health insurance can go through the Washington State marketplace. Some students may qualify for low-cost options through Apple Health, Washington State’s Medicaid program. If you choose Apple Health, recognize that this benefit is intended to be used while you are living in Washington state.


Hall Health on UW Main Campus offers two fantastic websites for UW students who want to learn more about health insurance options as a UW student. Essential Information and Affordable Care Act FAQ.

Hall Health Center – UW Main Campus

If you are enrolled in private insurance through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, Hall Health is contracted with these three plans:

  • BridgeSpan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW-HIX)

If you are enrolled in  Medicaid (aka Washington Apple Health), please be aware that Hall Health is contracted with these three plans:

  • Amerigroup Washington (AMG)
  • Molina Healthcare of Washington (MHC)
  • Coordinated Care Corporation (CCC)

If you are in Seattle for class or rotations, you have access to Hall Health Center and there are some free services you are entitled to: