General Student Plans

All information presented on these pages, including links to plan documents and descriptions, is specific to the plan year of September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017.

All graduate students and full-time undergraduate student health plans are supported by three carriers with a strong national presence. The general student medical plan provides comprehensive coverage and is compliant with the provisions under health care reform which include many wellness related services. The dental plan focuses on preventive, diagnostic, and minor restorative services. It includes access to the many providers locally and nationally. Davis Vision offers a vision plan with comprehensive coverage at a very reasonable cost. 

Greater detail about each of the carriers is listed below.

UPMC Health Plan

UPMC Health Plan is part of the Insurance Services Division of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), one of the nation's top-ranked health systems. As part of an integrated health care delivery system, UPMC Health Plan partners with UPMC and community network providers to improve clinical outcomes as well as the health of the greater community.

UPMC Health Plan maintains an "Excellent" rating (the highest available from NCQA) for its commercial HMO/POS, Medicaid HMO and Medicare HMO products. Members have access to the world-class academic, advanced-care, and specialty hospitals of UPMC, as well as renowned community hospitals, cancer centers, physician practices, and long-term care facilities.

UPMC Health System has been recognized as one of “America’s Best Hospitals,” earning the 10th position in U.S. News & World Report’s annual guide for two years in a row.  In addition, UPMC is nationally ranked in 15 adult specialties and among the top 10 hospitals in eight specialties.

UPMC Health Plan provides a dedicated customer service unit comprised of a team of highly trained Health Care Concierges. UPMC Health Plan won the 2012 Global Call Center of the Year award in the large call center category from the International Customer Management Institute (ICMI). ICMI recognizes call centers that make a commitment to superior service and have done the most to deliver a quality customer experience. UPMC Health Plan’s call center ensures excellence for all its members by focusing on one-call resolution, by employing a service-driven and knowledgeable team, and also by utilizing state-of-the-art call center technology.

United Concordia

Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., United Concordia Dental is one of the nation’s largest dental insurers, and has been providing exceptional value for more than 40 years.

United Concordia administers dental benefits for more than 8 million members and 26,000 clients, including state and local governments, unions and many of the top 100 Fortune® 500 companies. The AdvantagePlus network includes more than 73,600 unique dentists at more than 149,000 access points nationwide. Their network includes both University Dental Health Services and the University of Pittsburgh Dental Medicine Clinic. Both providers are located in Salk Hall.

Davis Vision

Davis Vision is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HVHC Inc. (Pittsburgh-based Highmark company), which is comprised of three vision-related companies:

  • Davis Vision—A premier managed vision care company
  • Visionworks—The largest U.S.-owned specialty optical retail chain
  • Viva International Group—A global leader in high-quality, fashion eyewear

Together, this family of companies provides vision benefits, eye care and eyewear to over 55 million members and a seamless member experience with unparalleled ease of use and value. Davis Vision has a National provider network of ophthalmologists, optometrists and retailers at more than 35,000 points of access, in both private practice and retail settings.

Davis Vision’s is one of a select few vision care programs in the country with NCQA’s Certification in Credentialing, maintained since 2004. Davis Vision’s labs and Customer Service Center are the only ones in managed vision care to be certified to ISO 9001:2008 standards. Davis Vision also has the Cooperative Ophthalmic Lens Testing Service, Inc.’s (COLTS) Certification for Prescription Accuracy and FDA Conformance (impact-resistance). This provides third party certification and validation of prescription accuracy and quality from Davis Vision labs.