Student Health Insurance

Sul Ross State University does not offer a Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). The mandatory medical fee is NOT health insurance. University athletes have limited supplemental accident through the Physical Education department; call (432) 837-8226 for details.

The health insurance requirement for domestic students at Sul Ross is fully voluntary. It is strongly recommended that these students maintain a comprehensive health plan.

International students must show financial solvency when applying for an F1 student visa. The United States healthcare system is supported by private markets, not socialized medicine. For this reason, it is very important that international students obtain their own health insurance coverage. A few examples of international health plans are linked below.  

State insurance guidance at Texas health options

Military veterans may check with Brewster County's veteran representative, or go to West Texas VA Health Care System for information about service related benefits.

Texas Health Coverage Assistance for Low Income:

The Medicaid office is located in Centennial School's Human Services Department, 500 W Avenue H # 104, Phone (432) 837-3338.

For information about Texas' primary care program, contact the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) at (432) 837-3877. STD screening and vaccinations are offered by DSHS to underinsured residents.

Disclaimer: The following links to health insurance products, services and/or memberships are for informational purposes only and do NOT represent an endorsement by Sul Ross State University's Student Health Services.

Because of the university's remote location, air ambulance is often used to transport patients one hundred miles or more for specialized care. One flight alone can cost twenty thousand dollars or more. Health insurance policies that don't provide adequate coverage can leave students and/or their families with a sizable debt. 

Big Bend Regional Medical Center (BBRMC) transports patients out-of-town when a higher level of specialized care is needed. The Emergency Room physician chooses the method and source of transport as determined by a patient's condition. Students who are underinsured for air medical transport may contact BBRMC's operator at (432) 837-3447. They will direct your call to hospital staff who can help with information about air medical transport memberships, which is not insurance.

To better understand medical coverage plans, see The young adult's guide to health insurance by MoneyGeek.    

EJ Smith's short-term and international student medical plans

International Student Organization (ISO) in the USA, call toll free 1-800-244-1180

There are independent insurance agents in Alpine who can help locate a health plan to fit your needs.

Bethany Brookover, Agent
GSM Insurors of West Texas
205 N. Harrison Street
Phone: (432) 837-7419
Monica Woodall
State Farm Insurance Agent
906 E Holland Ave
Phone: 432-837-5631
Talley–Reed Insurance Agency
105 West Avenue E
Phone: (432) 837-3459
Dona Ward Blevins
Farmers Insurance
710 E Ave E
Phone: (432) 837-2225