External Insurance Coverage Options

University Community Members, Visitors, Family, and Friends

Information about external insurance sources is available to anyone in the pursuit of opportunities for enrollment in a medical insurance plan or program. The resources listed below are intended to assist a person without eligibility for enrollment in a medical insurance group plan through any employer with their pursuit.

Below is a list of some external companies and agencies intended for reference use, but not intended to be either an exhaustive list or an endorsement by the University who does not sponsor such programs directly.

University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association

There are programs available through the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association to alumni for short-term needs, and new graduates for short-term health insurance to bridge the gap between student or parent health insurance coverage and employer coverage. The plans include supplemental major medical for catastrophic illnesses, and term life plans.

University of Pittsburgh International Services

The Office of International Services offers health insurance to international students, scholars, and family members.

Highmark Blue Cross/ Blue Shield

Highmark offers a variety of insurance programs to meet the different needs of people in search of health care. There are programs requiring a medical evaluation, programs that guarantee coverage regardless of your current health, and programs based on income that offer low cost or free health coverage to those that need it.

UPMC Health Plan

UPMC offers a spectrum of different individual health care plans to accommodate a wide range of people in need of health insurance. UPMC can offer customers short term insurance to travelers, life long insurance for senior citizens and everything in between.

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

CHIP is a low cost or cost free insurance program for children who do not have insurance coverage.