Medicaid Waiver Information
Medicaid Waiver Requests
Any student with active Medicaid coverage may request a waiver of the Teachers College, Columbia University’s insurance requirement. Waiver requests from students with New York State Medicaid will general be approved. Requests from students with Medicaid coverage from outside New York State will also be considered. All waiver requests are submitted online at myTC and are evaluated on an individual basis.
When making their waiver decisions, all Medicaid-covered students should consider the gaps in coverage they may experience while attending the University; for instance, travel abroad or anywhere outside their home state.
Foreign state government plans DO NOT meet this requirement. New York State Medicaid-covered students may not be covered while traveling outside of the state. In addition, referral options for students on Medicaid needing specialist’s care off campus may be limited.
Students with Medicaid from outside New York State may not have coverage outside of their state of residence and may need to return home for on-going treatment.
Students with Medicaid who are interested in the student insurance plan may wish to address concerns about cost with their school’s financial aid office.
Student’s policy coverage must meet the waiver requirements outlined by Columbia University. Exchange plans that do not meet these criteria are not considered adequate coverage and will not be accepted.
These requirements are established to minimize a student’s risk of incurring exorbitant medical costs.
Students accept full financial responsibility for hospital, laboratory, physician, diagnostic testing and other medical costs not covered by their insurance.
Students with Medicaid who are interested in the student insurance plan may wish to address concerns about cost with Teachers College Office of Financial Aid.