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Medical care is not provided publicly by the U.S. government and can be extremely expensive

Health insurance is mandatory for J-1 exchange students and scholars and for their J-2 dependents.  Although it is currently optional for F-1 students and F-2 dependents, it is highly recommended that you and your dependents also purchase health insurance throughout your stay; especially since health care in the U.S. can be very expensive.  Your international student advisor and health services office can help you find insurance plans suitable for yourself and your dependents. 

To view various health insurance plans for international students, visit the following websites:

CUNY does not endorse any particular health insurance provider for international students.

Compass Benefits Group
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