Chapter 23 of the Massachusetts Act of 1988 requires that all students registered for nine or more credit hours must participate in a comprehensive health insurance plan unless they certify that they are participating in a health insurance plan with comparable coverage. If a student has comparable coverage and wishes to waive participation in the Massachusetts Community Colleges insurance plan, the student must submit waiver information via the Internet at the time of registration. It is your responsibility to review the SHIP material to be sure your health insurance plan meets your school’s waiver requirements. Students may access the waiver form online at http://www.gallagherstudent.com/bhcc. The fee is charged in the fall and spring semesters only.
Massachusetts Community College students will be insured for the policy year 2023-2024 by Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO) Insurance Plan. The premium charge for the Massachusetts Community College Health Insurance Plan will appear on your bill. Students enrolled solely in web courses are not eligible for school insurance. The insurance policy runs from September 1 through August 31. The annual premium for the 2023-2024 academic year is $3,461
Students wishing to purchase the Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO) plan through BHCC must have their balance paid in full or execute a promissory note to be eligible to receive coverage. Once your balance is paid in full, or if we have a promissory note on file your information will be sent to Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO) and your health insurance coverage will be retroactive to the start of the semester.
All questions regarding Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) should be directed to MAhealthconnector.org or call 1-877-623-6765.
Waiver Process and Deadlines
Waivers must be completed the same day you register. If you register for mid-semester and mini-semester classes, the health insurance charge may be added to your account if the total is 9 or more credits. The last day to waive the insurance for Spring is March 27, 2024. No waivers or new enrollments will be accepted by Blue Cross Blue Shield after March 27, 2024. The deadline to waive for Fall 2023 was November 28, no waivers or new enrollments will be accepted by Blue Cross Blue Shield after November 28.
Please check your BHCC e-mail address (including your junk mail) for your initial temporary password to access the waiver form.
To waive the SHIP your health insurance plan must meet the below requirements:
- Be a US health insurance plan that is filed and approved in the US.
Please note that the following are NOT considered comparable coverage and are NOT eligible for a waiver of the BHCC Student Health Insurance Plan:
- Students with coverage from insurance carriers outside the United States or coverage by foreign National Health Insurance programs.
- Health insurance plans marketed solely to international students are often not filed and approved in the U.S. and have limited benefits, provider networks, and/or coverage periods that do not comply with the insurance requirements. GBG Insurance, HDL Global Specialty, ISO, PGH (United), PSI, Student Medicover, StudentSecure, and Tata AIG are examples of companies that do not meet the waiver requirements.
- Students with a health insurance plan, such as out-of-state Medicaid, HMO, and EPO plans, that provides coverage through a closed network of providers not reasonably assessable in the area where the student attends school, for all but emergency services
- Students with a Health Safety Net, MassHealth Limited, or Children’s Medical Security Plan.
- Travel insurance and short-term limited-duration plans are not accepted.
- Provide coverage for the entire policy year with no break in coverage.
- Comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and provide minimum essential coverage as defined by the ACA including:
- Provide an unlimited policy maximum
- Include coverage for pre-existing conditions
- Provide emergency and non-emergency care in the area of the College.
- Provide access to comprehensive coverage (including the below) and providers reasonably accessible in the BHCC area:
- Lab tests and X-rays
- Prescription drugs
- Outpatient hospital services
- Mental health care
- Emergency room care
- Hospitalization (including room and board, physician’s fees, and surgical expenses)
Make sure you have a copy of your current health insurance card, as this card contains the information you will need to complete the waiver.
Completion of the online waiver form is required annually if you are registered for Fall and Spring. Waivers will not be accepted after the specified deadline. Please allow 3-5 business days from the date of your waiver submission for the credit to be reflected on your student bill.
How do I log in to my Gallagher Student Health account?
- Go to www.gallagherstudent.com/bhcc.
- An account has been created for you. Be on the lookout for an email from Gallagher Student Health sent to your BHCC email with a temporary password. Click on the link provided in the email and insert the temporary password. (If you did not receive a temporary password, you can choose the ‘Forgot your password?’ option on the login page).
- Once you log in, click the WAIVE button under “Plan Summary”.
Questions? Contact Gallagher Student
Health Insurance Refund Policy
Except for medical withdrawal (medical withdraws are only recognized for health insurance refunds; not for refunds of tuition and or fees) due to covered injury or sickness, students withdrawing from the College during the first 31 days of the period for which coverage is purchased shall not be covered under the policy and a full refund of the premium will be made. Students withdrawing after 31 days will remain covered under the policy for which the premium was paid and no refund will be allowed. Students who do not withdraw completely, but who drop below nine credit hours within the first 31 days, may apply to Student Central for a refund of health insurance premiums. Registering for mini-semester, web courses, distance education courses and Center for Self-Directed Learning courses later in the fall or spring semester may restore the student’s obligation to carry health insurance.
Once you are enrolled in SHIP, you will remain enrolled for that coverage period. However, if you are enrolled in annual coverage, you may only request coverage termination — and a pro-rated premium refund/credit — in the following situations:
- You are entering the armed forces.
- You will not be enrolled at school for the spring semester for any reason. Your status will be confirmed with your school.
- You became eligible and enrolled in a subsidized health insurance plan through the Massachusetts Health Connector or in MassHealth (excluding MassHealth Limited, Health Safety Net or the Children’s Medical Security Plan). Your coverage must begin on or before the start of the spring health insurance coverage period (not academic spring semester). Spring coverage begins January 1st. You must submit a Termination of Coverage Form at http://www.gallagherstudent.com/BHCC to cancel your coverage. Your request to terminate coverage needs to be submitted to Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk no later than the last day of fall coverage (December 31st).