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Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan (GSHIP)

Medical Benefits

Important Notice Regarding COVID-19 (Vaccinations, Testing, Treatment ) and UC SHIP

Students enrolled in UC SHIP must obtain a referral from SHC's Insurance Services Department in order for the COVID-19 vaccine provider to be reimbursed for the fees it charges to administer the vaccine. There is no charge for the actual vaccines. However, providers may bill insurance plans for their fees to administer the vaccines. Providers are not allowed to bill students directly for the vaccine or for their vaccine administration fees. To request a referral prior to being vaccinated or to request a retroactive referral after being vaccinated, please email: shc-insurance@uci.edu or call 949-824-2388. 

The UC SHIP waiver of co-pays and/or coinsurance for medically necessary testing and treatment related to COVID-19 will remain in effect for the 2021-22 plan year. Cost sharing includes, but is not limited to, copays, deductibles or coinsurance. Medically necessary screening, testing and treatment for COVID-19 may include hospital services (including emergency department), urgent care visits, provider office visits, telehealth encounters (e.g., LiveHealth Online) and clinical labs where the purpose of the visit is to be screened, tested and/or treated for COVID-19. 

For additional information regarding the type of scenarios for which testing may or may not be deemed to be medically necessary, please visit UC SHIP and COVID-19: A Guide for Students and Parents. Students will be financially responsible for any COVID-19 related services that are deemed to be NOT medically necessary.

The medical and mental health benefits of the plan are provided through Anthem Blue Cross. Anthem Customer Service: (866) 940-8306.

For more information please visit the University of California’s UC SHIP Website.

Pharmacy Benefits - GSHIP

OPTUMRx is the Pharmacy Benefit Management organization (PBM) for GSHIP. Customer Service: (844) 265-1879.

How to Access Care Across the U.S. and Around the World

When you are traveling away from home and/or campus, you have access to care across the country through Anthem’s BlueCard® PPO Program. If you’re traveling outside the U.S., you have access to care through the Blue Cross Blue Shield Global Core Program. For assistance, please visit Anthem Blue Cross or contact the Blue Cross Blue Shield Global Core Service Center at (800) 810-2583 (BLUE).

PDF iconUC SHIP Global Core Flyer