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Stanford University requires that all registered students carry adequate health insurance. This requirement can be met either through Cardinal Care, the university sponsored health insurance plan, or through an alternative insurance plan that has comparable benefits. Cardinal Care, administered by Health Net of California, features

  • Comprehensive, worldwide coverage, including medical and mental health care, hospitalization, emergency care, and most pharmaceuticals.
  • Services by referral at Stanford Healthcare.

Enrollment in Cardinal Care is an annual commitment, with fees that are charged over three academic quarters (Autumn, Winter, Spring) for the annual period for most students. The full plan year runs September 1 through August 31.

2021-2022 Student Health Matters


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