Private Health Insurance Options
J-2 dependents must carry health insurance at all times. Not carrying insurance that meets the minimum requirements is a violation of status that can result in SEVIS record termination. F-2 dependents are not required to carry health insurance, however, due to the high cost of healthcare in the U.S., we strongly encourage students to purchase private insurance for any F-2 dependents.
Here are some examples of health insurance providers that offer plans tailored to international students. We do not endorse or monitor these insurance companies or their plans.
Free and Low-Cost Health Services
If your F-2 dependents are uninsured, underinsured, or cannot afford health care, they still may get free or reduced-fee health care. Some community clinics offer medical services free, low cost, or on a sliding fee scale.
Sliding scale fees are fees for services that are adjusted depending on an individual's household size and income. Usually, immigration status is not a factor in order to receive these benefits. Anyone who lives in the United States may apply. However, you must check with a clinic’s financial aid department to see if you qualify for a sliding scale fee.
Arizona Department of Health Services offers online tools for finding clinics in Arizona that provide free or low cost services to people without insurance.
El Rio Health provides a variety of services for medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health. Check with El Rio’s financial aid department to see if you qualify for a sliding fee.
Literary Connects has compiled a list of free and low-cost health care services in Tucson. Please call to verify that this information is up to date by contacting the clinics directly prior to visiting.
Pima County Health Department offers a variety of preventive health programs for women, men and children, as well as immunizations. There is no fee for immunizations for children 18 and under.
Pima County Public Library has compiled a list of free and low-cost mental health resources in Arizona.