It is mandatory that all J-1 visitors have medical insurance coverage while attending JMU. The cost of the student health insurance coverage which JMU authorizes will be added to your tuition and fees bill. Once paid, you will automatically be added to that insurance policy. You should come to International Student and Scholar Services to obtain your health insurance card and a copy of the policy.
For additional information regarding the government's requirements related to health insurance coverage, please see: http://j1visa.state.gov/sponsors/how-to-administer-a-program/