Health Insurance

Health Insurance

All active Duke students must carry medical insurance.

For new students, open enrollment in Duke University’s Student Medical Insurance Plan (SMIP) will begin mid-June and concludes September 15.  If you intend to enroll in the Duke Student Medical Insurance Plan (SMIP), please complete the process in the DukeHub. By mid-June, new students will receive information about the Student Medical Insurance plan; be sure to check your Duke email.

Students who have an existing health insurance plan may keep their current policy, and will have the option to waive the Duke Student Medical Insurance Plan.  If you intend to waive the Duke Student Medical Insurance Plan (SMIP), the process to request a waiver is also done in the DukeHub.  In order to waive the Duke SMIP, the student must provide adequate proof of coverage under another health insurance plan. The waiver criteria may be viewed here. The deadline to waive the student medical insurance plan is June 15, 2017.

>> Enrollment in the SMIP is mandatory for international students holding an F1 or J1 visa.

>> All Students: Specific details about the 2017-2018 Student Medical Insurance Plan will be available in mid-June

If you do not enter your decision by September 15, you will be automatically enrolled in the SMIP for the period from August 1 to July 31.  The insurance charge will remain on your Bursar account and you will receive your enrollment information and card after September 15.  If you do not enter your decision and are automatically enrolled, you will not be able to waive.

Read more about the Student Medical Insurance Plan (SMIP); topics include (but not limited to):

  • cost of coverage
  • waiver criteria
  • plan benefits
  • dental insurance
  • patient protection

More information is available at Student Health Center web pages.

Questions about health insurance should be directed to insurance@studentaffairs.duke.edu or call 919-684-1481. Due to volume, allow 2 business days for a response.