What Insurance Does UCLA Accept?


All students who are registered at UCLA are required to have health insurance. All students are enrolled in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) by default, while those who already have insurance can choose not to participate.

UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UCSHIP)

A system-wide program called UCSHIP offers improved health benefits to all enrolled students. All enrolled students are automatically enrolled in UCSHIP, however, you must file a request to waive enrollment by the deadline if you have comparable insurance and do not want to have UCSHIP as dual coverage. The waiver procedure has been streamlined.

Enrolling in Health Insurance

Unless they opt out, undergraduates are automatically enrolled in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP).

Your student services fees will include the cost of the insurance provided by UC SHIP. Your first BruinBill will have more details regarding UC SHIP.

If you already have health insurance, check the webpage for student health insurance to verify if your current plan complies with the university’s standards. You can fill out an online waiver to avoid being enrolled in UC SHIP if your plan satisfies the criteria.

If you successfully waive UC SHIP in the fall and have a qualifying insurance plan, no more steps are required until the following academic year because a waiver must be performed each academic year.

All UCLA students have access to Ashe Center services regardless of their insurance coverage, but there are minimal fees associated with the services provided. Students who have declined UC SHIP are eligible for the BruinCare program, which grants them pre-paid access to specific Ashe Center services.

The Ashe Center’s expansion, U See LA Optometry, is situated in Ackerman Union. Comprehensive eye tests are offered, and you can pick from more than 700 pairs of eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses.

Using Your Benefits

  • Every UC SHIP student’s Patient-Centered Medical Home is the Ashe Center.
  • Prior to getting specialized care, students participating in UC SHIP must first receive primary care at The Ashe Center and obtain an Ashe Referral.
  • An Ashe Referral is not required for emergency services.
  • Without a legitimate Ashe Center reference, claims won’t be accepted or reimbursed.
  • Anthem Blue Cross handles the administration of UC SHIP Medical Benefits. Optum Rx is responsible for managing the UC SHIP Prescription Benefits.

Anthem Blue Cross Benefits Summary for 2022–2023 for UC SHIP

A high-level summary of copays ($) and coinsurances (%) is provided below. Consult the Benefits Booklet or Summary of Coverage and Benefits for more information about this medical plan. Visit MyUCSHIP.org or dial 1-866-940-8306 to obtain a copy of the full conditions of coverage.

*Non-emergent medical care must begin at The Ashe Center. Requires a valid Ashe referral.

UCLA Counseling and Psychological Care must be contacted in order to begin receiving mental and behavioral health services (CAPS). Requires a valid CAPS referral. Visit CAPS’ website or call 310-825-0768 for more information.

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, UCI, UCSD, UCSF, and UCD are all part of the UC Family.

Medical Plans

Benefits play a significant role in your total remuneration from the University of California. UC provides a variety of benefit plans to address the various health care and insurance needs of its employees and their families. Pre-existing condition limitations are not applicable to UC-sponsored medical, dental, and vision policies. The Your Group Insurance Plans pamphlet covers plan options, plan coverage, and enrollment and provides an overview of the UC-sponsored benefit plans that are available.

We accept the following behavioral health insurance plans:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Magellan Health
  • MHN, a Health Net company


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