While at Stanford, your health care resources include:
Students have diverse, individual needs, but the student community has a great deal in common, too. One need shared by all is the need for protection against unanticipated or excessive health care expenses. Accordingly, Stanford requires that all students have adequate health insurance coverage.
To help students meet this requirement, Stanford University offers Cardinal Care, a comprehensive health insurance plan that covers a wide range of services. Stanford automatically enrolls its students in Cardinal Care at the start of each academic year (or quarter of entry).
Domestic students with alternative health insurance may waive enrollment in Cardinal Care in Axess. The waiver must occur by the applicable deadline (see deadline section). Students may waive out by documenting adequate coverage from another health insurance carrier in Axess.
International students with alternative health insurance may request an exception to enrollment in Cardinal Care if the alternative insurance plan has benefits that meet or exceed minimum standards set by the university. The request must occur by the applicable deadline (see deadline section).. Find more details about the minimum standards and how to apply for the exception.
Cardinal Care (Stanford’s student health insurance plan) provides emergency travel assistance services, administered by ISOS. Unlimited medical evacuation and repatriation coverage are included among its benefits.
Please note that as of June 1st, 2021, MHN will no longer cover the copay for telehealth services as they have done since the start of the pandemic. The mental (tele)health copay will be $25.00 as of June 1st, 2021 for each appointment with an MHN provider.