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F-1 and J-1 Students

Healthcare in the United States can be very expensive. All J-1 and F-1 international students and scholars are required to enroll in the UWL/UW System health insurance plan for the duration of their stay at UWL. 

Anthem provides medical insurance to all UWL international students and scholars. This coverage does not include vision or dental. If students wish to enroll in an optional vision or dental insurance plan they must enroll separately. 

It is extremely important to know how to use this insurance to ensure injuries and illnesses can be covered. Unpaid healthcare bills can cost thousands of dollars that will be your responsibility. Additionally, unpaid medical bills may be sent to a collections agency and may even impact future visits to the U.S.

UWL students, with their student id's, should always try to visit the Student Health Center on campus first before utilizing a healthcare facility in the community. The Student Health Center offers quality care at a discounted price for students. If you visit a healthcare facility off campus, make sure to bring your insurance card. When visiting a health care facility off campus, please ask the facility to make a copy of your insurance card for their records. Also, ask if there are any forms you need to sign to make sure the healthcare facility can send your information to Anthem. 

To access your Anthem account which includes your insurance policy, id card, claim processing information, etc. please visit and select "University of Wisconsin La Crosse" from the dropdown.


Attending college or university, graduate school or professional school is an exciting life experience. It can also be a time of change, adjustment, and stress. If you need any extra support MySSP is an excellent program available to you through your UWL/UW System Health Insurance plan. MySSP is confidential, 24/7/365, multilingual mental health and wellbeing support service.

What can MySSP help with? Here are a few common reasons students use MySSP:

  • Adapting to a new environment, culture, learning style or city
  • Tensions with family members, friends, or instructors
  • Feelings of isolation, loneliness, or sadness
  • Stress and worry
  • Frustration or uncertainty related to studies or post-grad plans
  • Creating balance between personal and academic priorities
  • Building better communication and time management skills

Access support anytime, anywhere by:

  • Download the free MySSP App: Search ‘My SSP’ from either the Apple App Store or Google Play and download today
    • Through the app, you can call or chat with a Student Support Counselor 24/7 in real-time or schedule a telephone or video session
    • Browse our digital library of helpful articles and videos.
    • Access unlimited Fitness Journeys through LIFT, an app-based fitness programs customized to your fitness level and goals that can be performed anywhere, at any time.
  • Or call direct 1.866.743.7732 (If calling from outside North America, dial 001.416.380.6578) 

Watch this short My SSP App Tutorial Video to learn more and check out the My SSP today!


Health insurance is also available for dependents. Please meet with your international student & scholar advisor to learn more.