Designed specifically for students with private health insurance coverage, the BuffCare Program helps cover out-of-pocket expenses 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.

    Fall 202 BuffCare enrollment is now closed

    Cost-effective

    Coverage costs $225 per semester, and there is no limit for covered services.

    Convenient

    BuffCare covers out-of-pocket expenses for on-campus care including co-pays, co-insurance and deductible costs.

    Simple

    Students just need to bring their insurance card and student ID to check in for their appointments.

    Dates and costs of coverage

    Semester Dates of Coverage Cost
    Fall Semester August 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 $225
    Spring Semester January 1, 2021 to July 31, 2021 $225
    Summer Semester 2021 Only May 1, 2021 to July 31, 2021 $225

    How it works

    1. The student receives care through CU Boulder Medical Services
    2. Medical Services bills the student's primary insurance on file
    3. The BuffCare Program pays for the majority of the remaining out-of-pocket expenses based on the plan's covered services listed below

    Please note: BuffCare is not an insurance product and can only be used for services provided at Wardenburg Health Center. BuffCare is only available to use after a student's primary insurance plan has been billed. If a student has a lapse in insurance coverage, BuffCare cannot be used. 


    Coverage for services provided at CU Boulder Medical Services

    Includes:

    • Primary care for illnesses and injuries
    • Preventive care including an annual physical
    • Sexual health visits and infection testing
    • Lab and X-ray services*
    • Initial travel health clinic visit (does not include vaccinations)
    • Two physical therapy visits
    • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and tuberculosis (TB) screenings
    • Out-of-network costs
    • COVID-19 Testing

    Does not include:

    • Allergy shots and vaccinations**
    • Counseling and psychiatry services
    • Nutrition counseling
    • Prescription drug costs

    *Some labs may need to be processed at an outside facility. These labs are not covered by BuffCare. 
    **Flu vaccines are free for all CU Boulder students during flu season


    Please note: BuffCare is not an insurance product and can only be used for services provided at Wardenburg Health Center. BuffCare is only available to use after a student's primary insurance plan has been billed. If a student has a lapse in insurance coverage, BuffCare cannot be used.