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Student Health Benefits Advisory Committee

Cornell’s Student Health Benefits Advisory Committee (SHBAC) is comprised of undergraduate representatives and graduate student representatives at Ithaca, Cornell Tech, and Weill Cornell Medicine, university administrators, and staff members.

The SHBAC is charged with reviewing and advising on the Student Health Plan and facilitating communication between the university and students served by a health plan.

Originally formed in 1994 as the Student Health Plan Advisory Committee, in 2016 SHBAC evolved to reflect on health plan services complementary to services provided by an on-campus health center. 

Committee members are responsible for:

  • making recommendations on the criteria for Cornell's policy requiring all students to have adequate health insurance
  • annually reviewing and evaluating the Student Health Plan options, coverage, and costs
  • obtaining community input from – and disseminating information to – the Student Assembly, Graduate & Professional Student Assembly, University Assembly, Cornell Health, Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech and other university offices and community health providers
  • addressing operational issues (e.g., policy notification and billing dates, waiver options and deadlines, etc.)

See committee charter (pdf) *For an accommodation for this PDF, please contact

If you would like to contact a member of the SHBAC, or are interested in volunteering to serve on the committee, please contact