Effective August 1, 2017, International Students NOT holding assistantships will no longer participate in the UNM Student Health Plan. Please contact the Global Education Office for options regarding insurance coverage.
UNM offers a student health plan to Graduate Students holding a Teaching Assistantship (TA),
Graduate Assistantship (GA), Research Assistantship (RA), or Project Assistantship (PA)
as determined by the Office of Graduate Studies.
International Students, Medical Students, and other Health Profession students are eligible
to enroll in the student health plan, and are responsible for the cost of this coverage.
Students covered by the student health plan may purchase health insurance for their dependents,
as well as optional dental benefits. For information regarding plan coverage and student eligibility,
please follow the links below.
Students not eligible for the student health plan can receive medical care at Student Health &
Counseling (SHAC) for nominal fees. SHAC is available to all currently enrolled UNM students and
health insurance is not required. For more information regarding services available at SHAC and
to get help with researching other insurance options, call (505) 277-3136 or visit the
The UNM Student Health Plan is administered by BlueCross and BlueShield of New Mexico (BCBSNM).
Academic HealthPlans, Inc. (AHP) is a separate company that provides program management and
administrative services for the student health plans of BlueCross and BlueShield of New Mexico.
UNM Student Health Plan Contact Information
Questions about waiver process, initial enrollment, adding dependents, qualifying change of status event
Questions about plan coverage, ID cards, provider networks, prior authorization, prescriptions claims, billing, transitional care
Questions about accessing services and care in the SHAC, UMM Health and BCBSNM Networks
- Phone: (844) 866-2224
|Academic Emergency Services (AES)|
Academic Emergency Services covers emergency services, including emergency evacuation and repatriation coverage,
if you were to experience an emergency while traveling 100 miles from home or outside your home country.
Dental benefits are offered to students and dependents enrolled in the student health plan.
BlueCare Dental for Student Health
Additional information, including enrollment eligibility, is available by calling (844) 866-2224.
Eligible students who enroll in the student health plan may also enroll their eligible dependents. Eligible
- Spouse or Domestic partner residing with the covered student. See
UNM Policy #3790 for additional
information on Domestic Partner eligibility.
- Child(ren) under age 26
How to Enroll a Dependent
If you wish to add a dependent(s) contact Academic Health Plans (AHP) at (855) 865-0352 or visit their website.
A dependent may be enrolled for coverage under the student health plan only when the student enrolls or
within 31 days of change of status event.
Networks of Coverage
UNM Student Health and Counseling (SHAC)
In order to receive the highest level of benefits under the UNM Student Health Plan, enrolled
students are encouraged to utilize UNM Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) for all outpatient
primary health care services. SHAC is located on main campus north of Johnson Center. Services
include but are not limited to primary care and specialist visits, physical therapy, pharmacy,
and counseling services. For a complete list of health services available at SHAC call
(505) 277-3136 or visit the SHAC website.
UNM Health Network
If services are not available at SHAC, enrolled students and eligible dependents should seek
treatment from facilities, doctors, and other health care providers in the UNM Health Network.
A list of preferred providers is available by calling (844) 866-2224 or visiting the UNM Health
website at http://unmhealth.org/.
BCBSNM PPO Network
If services outside of SHAC or the UNM Health Network are needed, enrolled students and eligible
dependents should seek treatment from facilities, doctors, and other health care providers in the
BCBSNM PPO Network. Contact UNM Health at (844) 866-2224 for assistance in receiving services
from the BCBSNM PPO Network.
Only emergency services are covered out-of-network. Health care professionals and facilities not contracted
with SHAC, UNM Health or BCBSNM as preferred providers are considered out-of-network. Notify UNM Health
first before receiving services from an Out-of-Network provider to ensure benefits can be obtained.
Certain services may be paid if you or your eligible dependents are currently under a treatment plan by a
Physician or other health care provider or facility that was a member of the AIG network, but who is not
a member of current UNM Student Health network. Contact UNM Health at (844) 866-2224 prior to the
effective date, or within 2 weeks after the effective date, to see if you or your dependents are eligible
for this benefit.
Although undergraduate students are not eligible for the UMM Student Health Insurance Plan, they can receive
medical care at Student Health & Counseling (SHAC) for nominal fees. SHAC is available to ALL currently enrolled
UNM students and health insurance is not required.
For more information regarding services available at SHAC and to get help with researching other insurance
options, call (505) 277-3136 or visit the SHAC website.