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Health insurance coverage is provided under the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) offered by the UCLA Student Health Services.  Please see the Insurance desk in Student Health Services (SHS), Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center, 221 Westwood Plaza, for details on coverage.

Health insurance coverage is mandatory for graduate and professional students. If one chooses to waive coverage under the plan offered to students at registration, proof of coverage under another plan must be provided. To waive SHIP benefits, the student must complete an on-line waiver form. Semester students have from August 1-20 to waive SHIP for Fall, and December 1-20 for the Spring semester; one can choose to waive benefits for the full year in the fall term. The on-line waiver is located at choose On-line Services, SHIP Waiver. 

Trainees can be reimbursed for the cost of insurance under another plan up to the current rate charged for mandatory health insurance (see SBAR statement). Reimbursement for such insurance is paid by semesters. 

Although UCLA does not provide health insurance coverage for those students who do a research rotation the summer before the first year of medical school, the MSTP will reimburse students for reasonable health insurance fees during that period up to a specified amount. Please contact the MSTP office to arrange in advance for this reimbursement and/or to get information on temporary health insurance plans.