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UHS to begin accepting some outside health insurances

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- University Health Services (UHS) is transitioning to accepting outside health insurances. Under the new billing program, UHS will bill students’ health insurance instead of charging the student directly. The proposed start date for the new program is immediate.

UHS recommends that students share their health insurance information with staff in UHS before the student needs to schedule an appointment. To share this information, students can bring their health insurance card to the UHS information desk during hours of operation, or they can upload their insurance information through with a valid Penn State access account.

The decision to move to insurance billing was made based on feedback from parents and the new federal requirement for health care. UHS surveyed students on which health insurance they had and then began negotiating contracts with the most common providers.

Students should check the Web at for the most current list of accepted insurance providers and the most up-to-date information on this UHS transition. If a student’s insurance is not accepted, UHS will still bill their insurance since some out-of-network benefits may apply.

Uninsured Penn State students are eligible to purchase a student health insurance plan for the upcoming academic year. All undergraduate students taking three or more credits or graduate students taking one or more credits are eligible to purchase the plan. The plan is offered online through Aetna Student Health Insurance. For more information, students should visit

Last Updated August 11, 2014