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Health Insurance Requirements - Questions & Answers

Are international students with F-1 visas required to have health insurance?
Yes. As a College of the University of Hawaii system, Leeward CC requires all international students to have health insurance while enrolled. There is no universal health care system in the U.S. and health care is very expensive. Our health insurance requirement guarantees international students affordable access to the U.S. health care system.

When should my health insurance coverage begin?
We recommend health insurance coverage begins the day you arrive in the U.S. Students will not be allowed to register for classes until health insurance is purchased covering a minimum of one session or semester.

Do international students need health insurance during summer and winter breaks?
As long as the student is in the U.S., he/she is required to have health insurance coverage. However, if the student returns home for the breaks, he/she is not required to have the insurance coverage while he/she is in the home country.

How does Leeward CC monitor health insurance for international students?
A health insurance “hold” is placed on each student record to monitor the dates of coverage. The “hold” reflects the date health insurance coverage expires. After this date, students will not be allowed to register for classes until they update their insurance for the following session or semester.

Does Leeward CC recommend a health insurance plan?
Leeward CC offers a mandatory group insurance plan administered by GeoBlue. The insurance meets all of the health requirements of University of Hawaii System. All management of your health insurance plan, including initial enrollment, payments, renewals, and searches for doctors and pharmacies can be done via their website ( For information about coverage and optional add-on insurance plans, please consult with Office of International Programs.

Can I use an insurance plan from my home country?
No, all international students, beginning Fall of 2019, are required to purchase our group insurance plan from GeoBlue.