Center for International Programs

Medical Insurance

The California State University (CSU) system requires that all non-immigrant international students maintain continuous insurance coverage for health care, medical evacuation, and repatriation while enrolled at a CSU campus. Humboldt State University has arranged coverage with a policy via CSUHealthLink (benefits are provided by Aetna), which exceeds the CSU minimum requirements at a reasonable cost.

International students will be automatically enrolled in CSUHealthLink upon enrollment at HSU. Each academic term, the fee/cost for the coverage will be assessed to the student’s account and paid when the student is paying for other campus-related fees (students who are part of a group whose coordinator/director has received pre-approval from HSU for the group's medical insurance will not be enrolled in the CSU HealthLink medical insurance plan).

The CSUHealthLink plan operates as a “Preferred Provider Organization” (PPO). This means that patients receive the highest level of benefits if they choose a health care provider (doctor, clinic, hospital, etc.) within the “network” (the PPO). In many cases, the co-payment for services is 0%. But if the care provider is NOT in the “network” (not a "Preferred Care Provider") then the co-payment may be as high as 25%. A $100 (paid once in the policy year) deductible applies in most cases whether or not the health care provider is in the network. An additional $50 deductible applies to each use of the Emergency Room (ER).

The campus Student Health Center (SHC) is a "Preferred Care Provider" and students are urged to visit the SHC first, if the SHC is open and the student’s condition is not life-threatening. A student may be referred by the SHC to a health care practitioner in the local community, but that referral may or may not be to a "Preferred Care Provider".

Included in the plan benefits is 24-HOUR NURSE ADVICE. Available 24 hours every day of the year, you are urged to call 1-800-556-1555 at no cost to you to describe to a nurse your symptoms and get advice about what to do next. The nurse can also help you find a practitioner who is a member of the Aetna Preferred Care Provider Network (in which you receive the highest level of benefits) in your local area. 

Complete details about the benefits covered by the CSUHealthLink policy (and limitations and exclusions) can be found by downloading a brochure at or you may ask for a brochure at the HSU Center for International Programs or the HSU College of eLearning & Extended Education.  

The new U.S. Affordable Care Act ACA) requires that all potential insured members are notified of the availability of the health insurance plan Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) document.   The purpose of the document is to make it easier for you to read and understand the insurance benefits made available to you in a simplified document that is standard across all insurance companies.   You may obtain a copy of your SBC on the student insurance website at this website or by calling our student insurance brokers, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, at (800) 853-5899.


Terms (2015-2016)

Start Date End Date Enrollment Deadline Student Fee
Summer 1 5/20/2015 7/19/2015   $114
Summer 2 7/16/2015 8/16/2015   $70

Fall 1

8/16/2015 10/19/2015 10/18/2015 $140
Fall 2A (returning) 10/19/2015 1/10/2016 1/9/2016 $180
Fall 2B (new) 10/10/2015 1/10/2016 1/9/2016 $200
Spring 1 1/10/2016 3/18/2016 3/17/2016 $150
Spring 2A (returning) 3/18/2016 5/20/2016 5/19/2016 $140
Spring 2B (new) 3/13/2016 5/20/2016 5/19/2016 $150
Summer 1A (returning) 5/20/2016 7/16/2016 7/15/2016 $130
Summer 1B (new) 5/15/2016 7/16/2016 7/15/2016 $140
Summer 2 7/16/2016 8/16/2016 8/15/2016 $70


Co-payment: Part of the "Recognized Charge" or "Negotiated Charge" amount the patient is responsible for paying. Mostly applicable to services of non-Preferred Care Providers (out of “network”).

Deductible: Part of the Maximum Allowed Amount the patient must pay for Covered Services before any benefits are available. Once paid during the Policy Year, it does not need to be paid again during the same Policy Year. However, there is an additional $50 deductible for each use of the Emergency Room unless admitted to the hospital.

Emergency Room (ER): Part of a hospital that’s open at all hours, every day, to treat severe and life-threatening conditions. When you believe that your condition may endanger your health or lead to your death if not treated promptly, use of the ER is appropriate.

Preferred Care Provider: Any hospital, physician, ambulatory surgical center, durable equipment outlet, clinical laboratory, skilled nursing facility, or diagnostic imagining services facility that has an agreement with Aetna in effect at the time services are provided to the patient. Use of a Preferred Care Provider will save the patient money when compared to the same services of a non-Preferred Care Provider.

Center for International Programs
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street.
Arcata, CA, 95521-8299 U.S.A.

Telephone: +1 (707) 826-4142
Fax: +1 (707) 826-3939