Designed specifically for students with private health insurance coverage, the BuffCare Program helps minimize out-of-pocket costs for medical services provided on campus after your primary insurance has been billed.
This includes services provided at Wardenburg Health Center and at Health and Wellness Services in the Village Center at Williams Village.
Reasons to use BuffCare
Coverage costs $225 per semester, and there is no limit for covered services.
BuffCare covers out-of-pocket costs for on-campus medical care including co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles and out-of-network costs.
Students just need to bring their insurance card and student ID to check in for their appointments.
Dates, deadlines and costs
Students who have private insurance can enroll in the BuffCare Program during open enrollment periods. BuffCare Program coverage will carry over from fall to spring unless you update your preferences within the insurance portal during the spring enrollment period.
Coverage period: August 1–December 31, 2021
Open enrollment period: June 15–September 15, 2021
Enrollment deadline: September 15, 2021
Coverage period: January 1–July 31, 2022
Open enrollment period: December 14, 2021–February 11, 2022
Enrollment deadline: February 11, 2022
Coverage period: May 1–July 31, 2022
Open enrollment period: TBD
Enrollment deadline: May 31, 2022
Using BuffCare at CU Boulder
Students can use BuffCare to cover a variety of out-of-pocket expenses after their primary insurance has been billed. Here is how it works:
A student receives care from CU Boulder Medical Services.
Medical Services bills the student's primary insurance company.
BuffCare pays the majority of the remaining out-of-pocket expenses for covered services.
BuffCare covered services
BuffCare covers a variety of services provided by Medical Services. However, some services are not covered.