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Health Insurance Requirements for J-1 Exchange Visitors

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J-1 Federal Regulations mandate that all J-1 exchange visitors and accompanying J-2 dependents secure comprehensive health insurance effective on the program start date indicated on Form DS-2019 and maintain coverage, without interruption, for the full duration of stay in the United States in J-1 status. Any J-1 exchange visitor who willfully refuses to comply with insurance requirements will be considered to be in violation of his/her status and subject to termination from the J-1 program. All J-1 Postdoctoral Researchers can purchase the required insurance for themselves and accompanying J-2 dependents through the Penn benefits plan for postdocs.