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Dependent Health Insurance Coverage

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Explore information related to dependent insurance coverage including costs, eligibility, and more. 

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Dependent Medical & Mental Health Benefits

The Dependent Care plan is administered by Aetna Student Health. Medical and mental health benefits are comparable to those offered under Cardinal Care, the student health insurance plan, and dental benefits and travel assistance benefits are available to dependents as well.

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The subscriber/enrollee pays premiums for the Stanford Student Dependent Care Insurance Plan directly to Aetna Student Health. Two months' of payment will be required to initiate enrollment with Aetna. 

Monthly premium charges for dependents are as follows

Type of Plan2023-2024 2024-2025
Spouse/Registered Domestic Partner$578.00$635.00
Children (2 or more)$541.02$594.37
Spouse/Registered Domestic Partner + child$878.56$965.20
Spouse/Registered Domestic Partner + children$1,119.02$1,229.37
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Dependent Eligibility

A student may enroll a spouse and/or child/children in the Stanford Student Dependent Health Insurance Plan ('Dependent Plan') only if she/he/they (the student) is enrolled in the student plan, Cardinal Care.

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New students have the option to enroll their dependents in the Stanford Student Dependent Health Insurance Plan ('Dependent Plan') when they first matriculate at Stanford. This is the one and only time during an academic career at Stanford when a student can purchase the plan for dependents, unless a qualifying life event occurs at a later time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Dependent Health Insurance

View an FAQ that has been put together by our staff to help answer your questions. 

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Students who have questions should submit a Help Ticket to the Health Insurance and Referral Office via ServiceNow. 

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