External Insurance Coverage Options

COVID-19: Contacting the Benefits Department

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Human Resources is working remotely until further notice. During this time, Craig Hall is not open to the public; walk-ins will not be accepted and forms cannot be dropped off in-person or faxed. During this time, we recommend submitting all requests and inquiries online in lieu of sending physical mail or leaving phone messages.

If you have a Benefits-related inquiry, including the submission of forms or documentation, the quickest way to receive assistance is to submit an online request.

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 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.