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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Health Insurance

The U.S. Government regulations governing J-1 visa status require health insurance coverage for the J-1 and each J-2 dependent. This coverage must be in effect during the period of time you remain in the U.S., and must meet the minimum requirements.  Health insurance in the United States is primarily a private industry with a variety of options for coverage and cost. The Department of State has established minimum requirements for insurance that are designed to protect the exchange visitor and his/her family.

 

Insurance Requirements

Sponsors shall require each exchange visitor to have insurance in effect which covers the J visitor for sickness or accident during the period of time that you remain in the U.S.  The insurance policy must meet the following requirements:

  1. medical benefits of at least $50,000 per accident or illness;
  2. repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500;
  3. expenses associated with medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $10,000; and
  4. a deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.

 

An insurance policy secured to fulfill the requirements above may require a waiting period for pre-existing conditions which is reasonable as determined by current industry standards and may include provision for co-insurance under the terms of which the visiting scholar may be required to pay up to 25 percent of the covered benefits per accident or illness.

 

The policy must be underwritten by an insurance corporation having

  • an A.M. Best rating of "A-" or have;
  • an Insurance Solvency International, Ltd. (ISI) rating of "A-" or above;
  • a Standard & Poor's Claims-paying Ability rating of "A-" or above
  • a Weiss Research, Inc. rating of B+ or above.

 

It is your responsibility to confirm with the insurance company that they meet these criteria.  As an alternative to the above ratings, the insurance coverage must be backed by the full faith and credit of your home country government.

 

There are many health insurance companies in the U.S. that provide adequate health insurance for international visitors. Below are examples of health insurance companies that offer policies tailored to the needs and requirements for international scholars and visiting students. Otis College of Art and Design does not endorse any particular policy and we encourage international scholars to research the best policy for themselves and their families.

 

Additional health insurance information is available through the following insurance brokers:

•    Compass Benefits Group or call 800-767-0169
•    The Harbour Group or 800-252-8160
•    HTH Worldwide or 888-243-2358
•    Renaissance Agencies, Inc. or call 800-537-1777
•    Barney & Barney or call (510) 466-6030
•    Wallach & Company, Inc. or 800-237-6615


NOTE: FAILURE TO OBTAIN ADEQUATE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR YOURSELFAND YOUR FAMILY IS A VIOLATION OF YOUR EXCHANGE VISITOR STATUS AND MAY LEAD TO TERMINATION OF SPONSORSHIP