Once you’ve evaluated your options, you may decide that you do not wish to remain enrolled in Cardinal Care. The process for waiving Cardinal Care coverage differs for domestic vs international students. Please read the information below for domestic students carefully.
If you are a domestic student, in order to waive Cardinal Care coverage, the alternative coverage you select must offer benefits comparable to those provided under Cardinal Care. Especially important are the following:
Review your policy carefully before deciding to waive. Waiving coverage means that you will not be eligible to have insurance through Cardinal Care for the remainder of the academic year. The decision made at the start of the first registered quarter of each academic year (Autumn Quarter for most students) is binding for the remainder of that academic year.
Once you’ve decided to waive, you must do so by the deadline that is applicable to you (see below). In order to waive, you must document comparable health insurance coverage in Axess. The waiver screens are located at axess.stanford.edu. For students entering in Autumn, for example, Axess opens for enrollment for graduate professional students on August 16th and for all other students on September 1st, and the deadline to complete the waiver is September 15.
The waiver is only applicable for one plan year and must be repeated in any subsequent year for which you choose not to be enrolled in Cardinal Care.
Autumn Quarter - September 15 for students entering Stanford in Autumn
Winter Quarter - December 15 for students entering Stanford in Winter
Spring Quarter - March 15 for students entering Stanford in Spring
Spring Quarter - June 15 for students entering Stanford in Summer
Action item for domestic students who want to waive Cardinal Care coverage: You will need your SUNet ID and password to access the waiver screen in Axess. You will also need information about your alternative coverage including the health plan name, group policy number, and phone number. Go to axess.stanford.edu and follow the instructions to waive.