All J-1 Exchange Visitors and their J-2 dependents are required to maintain health and accident insurance during the entire period of their participation in the Exchange Visitor program at the University of Bridgeport. U.S. law requires a minimum level of coverage:
Medical benefits of at least $50,000 per accident or illness
Repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500
Expenses associated with medical evacuation of the Exchange Visitor to his/her home country in the amount of $10,000
A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness
J-1 students must purchase the University of Bridgeport student insurance policy, which meets these guidelines. Insurance for dependents of students may also be purchased through the University. J-1 Professors, Research Scholars, Short Term Scholars and Specialists will have to meet this requirement through other insurance options, typically purchased in their home country or provided through their employer.
An Exchange Visitor who willfully fails to maintain the insurance coverage will be considered to be in violation of the U.S. federal requirement and will be subject to termination from the Exchange Visitor program at the University of Bridgeport.