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How UA has you covered

Tom Price

The UA offers many health care options to its faculty and students. Some are simply included with enrollment at the university, while others come at an extra cost. Here’s a breakdown of what types of health care the UA has to offer.

Health and Recreation Fee

The Health and Recreation Fees, a mandatory $300-a-year fee collected with tuition, are partially covered by Campus Health Service. This fee makes any UA student or faculty member eligible for care at Campus Health, the UA’s on-campus health clinic.

According to this document, the Health and Recreation Fee was instated to give campus health stable funding and make it a university auxiliary. The fee jointly funds Campus Health and Campus Recreation, but the larger chunk of the funding goes to Campus Health.

According to Campus Recreation, 17 percent of the funds are initially pulled out for financial aid and 44 percent is then allocated for Campus Health while the remaining 39 percent is given to Campus Recreation.

While the mandatory Health and Recreation Fee automatically grants access to health care at Campus Health, it doesn’t make the services free. The fee instead subsidizes costs of care, making the fees comparable to the insurance deductibles that you would find at other community healthcare providers.

What it covers

  • Access to health care at Campus Health, including the Walk-in Clinic, Pharmacy, Laboratory, and X-Ray Services
  • Access to Counseling and Psych Services
  • Health Education
  • Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Reduced health care fees to affordable levels
  • Charges can be posted to bursar’s account


According to Campus Health, CampusCare is the UA’s healthcare “bridge” for students who are already covered by a commercial health insurance policy.

Since a large chunk of the universities’ population is under the age of 26 and still covered by their parent’s insurance policy, this is a plan for those whose commercial policy may have a high deductible, limited benefits or even no coverage at Campus Health.

More information on CampusCare can be found here.

What it covers

  • Alleviates costs of high deductibles or uncovered charges
  • Benefits extend to most Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Cigna, and Aetna. More on participating insurance providers here.
  • Covers most expenses after the office-visit co-pay

Student Health Insurance

For those without a commercial health insurance plan, the university also offers its own health insurance policy that meets standards set by the Affordable Care Act.

The student health insurance policy is the only of the three health care options provided by the UA to its students that extends beyond the university run Campus Health.

Those who are eligible must be enrolled in at least seven units with the university. Graduate students are an exception to this requirement — they need to be taking at least three units or one thesis or dissertation unit.

The last day to enroll for fall coverage is Sept. 7. To find out more about the Student Health Insurance policy and how to enroll, click here.

What it covers

  • A health insurance policy equivalent to other commercial policies
  • The only UA offered plan that extends off campus
  • Meets standards set by the Affordable Care Act
  • The three university health centers serve as primary care

For more information on Campus Health and what programs the university has to offer, visit Campus Health’s website here.

A list of services offered by Campus Health can be found here.

The fee break down for students can be found here, broken down by each health care plan that a student may have.

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