STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES
Last Day for Medical and Counseling Appointments at SHS: May 9, 2014
Please be certain you have enough refills of your ongoing medications so that you may continue your prescriptions until you have a new doctor. There will be no one in Student Health to write prescriptions after May 9, 2014.
Students who anticipate needing medical records from Hastings Student Health Services should request them before leaving school. If you have had any injury, acute illness, or chronic illness, it’s a good idea to keep a copy of your records. You can either keep your own records until you find a new physician or have them sent directly to your MD. Women may want to have a record of their annual exams to give to their next physician. If you would like a copy of your medical records, complete a Release of Information form and return it to SHS. Medical records are kept for three years after a student graduates. After three years, all records are destroyed.
STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE (UC SHIP) INFORMATION
Including Medical Care until Insurance Termination, Short Term Health Insurance, and Certificate of Prior Health Insurance Coverage
If you are currently insured under the UC SHIP plan, your coverage ends at 11:59 p.m. on 8/10/2014 for Spring graduates. You may self refer in order to be seen by a physician over the summer months while SHS is closed.
In order to find an Anthem Blue Cross PPO provider within California please select the following prompts on the network website:
In order to find a network provider within the US (but outside California) select the PPO button under guest, and go to the next page. If searching for providers outside the US click on the BlueCard Worldwide link in the guest section.
COBRA coverage is not available for student insurance. However, students who are enrolled in UC SHIP may opt to continue the policy for a maximum of one semester after graduation.
SHS strongly encourages all students, regardless of age or health status, to arrange for some sort of short term policy. UC Hastings does not endorse any specific policies. Here are some options for you to consider:
CERTIFICATE OF PRIOR HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE
In order to ensure a smooth transition with your next health insurance provider, you will need to provide them with a Certificate of Prior Coverage. This certificate provides proof that you have had health insurance. There must be a lapse of no more than 63 days following the termination date of UC GSHIP to qualify as continuous coverage. Graduates will automatically receive a Certificate of Prior Coverage from Anthem Blue Cross. If you do not receive a certificate by September 30, 2014, call Anthem Blue Cross Customer Service (866.940.8306) to receive this document. The most common reason for not receiving the certificate is a change of address. If this is the case, make sure to tell the Anthem representative of your address change.