PLEASE NOTE THAT, as of May 15, 2015, the Department Of State (DOS) will enact the following requirements, as per regulation (22CFR 62.14(b)).
All J-1 exchange visitors and their J-2 dependents are required by federal regulation to procure medical insurance for the entire duration of their J-1 program in the United States. Failure to maintain required health insurance coverage is a violation of J-1 status and may result in loss of valid immigration status and termination from the Exchange Visitor Program. Relevant DOS regulations are published in the Code of Federal Regulations [22 CFR 62.14]. J-1 Exchange Visitors and J-2 dependents must obtain a health insurance policy that meets or exceeds these benefits:
1. Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness;
2. In case of death, repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000;
3. Expenses in the amount of $50,000 associated with the medical evacuation of the J Exchange Visitor to his or her home country;
4. A deductible amount not to exceed $500 per accident or illness