The link to the online health insurance waiver system will be active again in early June 2014 to waive the health insurance for the Fall 2014-Spring 2015 academic year.

Per CCA policy, all students who are registered at 12 or more units per semester (9 units per term for the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies students, 9 units per semester for the Graduate Program in Writing continuing students for the 2014-2015 academic year) are charged the insurance and are automatically enrolled in the CCA Kaiser Permanente health insurance plan unless their online waiver application is successfully submitted and approved during the published waiver period.

Please note your answers must meet CCA's minimum criteria in order to waive out. That criteria as well as other frequently asked questions are listed below.

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The following frequently asked questions are intended to provide currently registered California College of the Arts students -- continuing students and new CCA admits alike -- with information about the online insurance waiver process.

What if I receive the error message that my "information does not match the stored data?" Answer »

What are the deadlines for submitting my health insurance waiver application? Answer »

I already have personal health insurance. What benefits does my plan have to offer in order for me to waive participation in the CCA plan? Answer »

Do I have to complete a waiver application each academic year? Answer »

Do I have to complete a waiver application each semester? Answer »

How do I apply for a waiver? Answer »

What information is required to complete the waiver application? Answer »

I do not have all the information to complete the waiver application. What should I do? Answer »

How will I know if my waiver application has been approved or denied? Answer »

If my waiver application is denied, what options do I have? Answer »

I have waived the CCA Student Health Insurance, but I no longer have comparable personal health insurance. What should I do? Answer »

What if I have already been approved for a waiver in the online system now wish to reverse that and participate in the school’s health insurance? Answer »

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What if I receive the error message that my "information does not match the stored data?"

Note: You must be registered for courses prior to accessing the waiver site.

If you are newly registered, it will take seven business days until you are entered into the system. You will not be able to log in during this time.

If it has been more than seven business days from the time you have registered, and you are still unable to log in, please email Director of Access & Wellness Services Suzanne Raffeld at sraffeld@cca.edu.

Please include the following information:

  • Date you registered for courses
  • CCA ID number
  • First name
  • Last Name
  • Date of birth
  • Gender

PLEASE NOTE: For students registering for the first time and are less than 7 days from the insurance waiver deadline, please email sraffeld@cca.edu immediately so that you can be entered into the online waiver system prior to the insurance waiver deadline.

What are the deadlines for submitting my health insurance waiver application?

The application to waive participation in the CCA Student Health Insurance must be completed and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. on September 12, 2014 for the fall 2014 term, or no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015, for the spring 2015 term.

I already have personal health insurance. What benefits does my plan have to offer in order for me to waive participation in the CCA plan?

Your insurance plan must meet the following criteria below in order to waive participation in the the CCA health insurance.

  • plan must be owned, headquartered, and operated in the United States
  • plan must plan provide emergency care within 50 miles of CCA
  • plan must provide primary care services within 50 miles of CCA
  • plan must have inpatient and outpatient mental health benefits
  • plan must offer unlimited prescription benefits
  • plan must offer full coverage for all preexisting conditions

The insurance plan of all international students must also meet the additional criteria below in order to waive out:

  • plan must cover repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500 or more.
  • plan must cover medical evacuation expenses of the international student to his or her home country in the amount of $10,000 or more.

J-1 international students must also meet California Department of State requirements in order to be waived. These additional criteria are listed below:

  • plan deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.
  • if a copy of your insurance policy is requested, you must be able to provide a copy written in English showing benefit amounts in US dollars.

Do I have to complete a waiver application each academic year?

Yes. Your approved waiver is effective for the current academic year only. If you want to waive participation for the next academic year, you must file another waiver application.

Do I have to complete a waiver application each semester?

No. If waived out of the school health insurance for the fall semester, you will automatically be waived out for the spring semester of the same academic year.

How do I apply for a waiver?

Waiver applications must be completed and submitted online.

What information is required to complete the waiver application?

You will need a copy of your insurance identification card as well as a current Evidence of Coverage booklet, which you can obtain from your insurance company.

I do not have all the information to complete the waiver application. What should I do?

Do not log into the waiver site until you have all of the necessary information about your personal insurance in front of you.

You have two useful sources of information to help you complete your waiver application:

  • You can refer to your individual plan’s Evidence of Coverage booklet. The booklet is provided by your insurance company and describes all of your benefits and the limitations of those benefits.

  • If you cannot locate your booklet, check your insurance company’s website or call the customer service number on your insurance card and ask for help.

As a reminder, you will only have 15 minutes to complete and submit the waiver.

How will I know if my waiver application has been approved or denied?

Once you submit your online waiver application, you will receive an immediate response. The last screen of the online waiver application process will inform you of your approval or denial.

Please check your CCA email for a record of your waiver application approval or denial. Please also keep a copy of that email confirmation for your records.

If you do not receive this email and if you do not receive a “Waiver Accepted” or “Waiver Denied” message, this means your waiver application was NOT submitted and you must log in again to submit your waiver application.

If my waiver application is denied, what options do I have?

You will automatically be enrolled in the CCA Student Health Insurance plan. If you choose to purchase a different insurance plan that meets the CCA waiver requirements and wish to resubmit a waiver application before the waiver deadlines, please email the Director of Access & Wellness Services, Suzanne Raffeld at sraffeld@cca.edu.

I have waived the CCA Student Health Insurance, but I no longer have comparable personal health insurance. What should I do?

You are required to maintain comparable health insurance at all times during the academic year. If your health insurance coverage is terminated for any reason, you are required to enroll in the CCA Student Health Insurance.

To enroll in the plan you must immediately contact Director of Access & Wellness Services Suzanne Raffeld at sraffeld@cca.edu.

What if I have already been approved for a waiver in the online system but now wish to reverse that and participate in the college’s health insurance?

If you wish to enroll in the college’s insurance plan, but have already been approved for a waiver, you can do so by emailing Director of Access and Wellness Suzanne Raffeld at sraffeld@cca.edu on or before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 12, 2014, for the fall 2014 term or on or before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015, for the spring 2015 term.