Parents and students should have a thoughtful discussion about insurance coverage. Students should know the name of their plan, the insurer's address and the policy number, and should carry insurance cards with them. Students should know who their primary provider is, how to contact him or her and what role he/she plays in ongoing health care and insurance coverage.
Student Health Insurance Required by Law
Massachusetts State Law requires health insurance for every college student taking nine (9) or more credits. Students must participate in either a qualifying student health insurance program (see Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan below) or a private health insurance plan with comparable coverage.
Consider Your Current Plan
One of the many decisions to be made during the summer months in preparation for the upcoming academic year is whether your current insurance plan will adequately provide coverage while attending Stonehill College.
We have found that many students arrive on campus with insurance that is inadequate due to restrictive provider networks, high deductibles, or limited coverage for services received outside of a health plan’s service area.
It is your decision to enroll or waive the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan, but here are some questions to think about and to ask your current health plan:
- Does my plan cover full-time students beyond the age of 19?
- Does my plan cover full-time students attending college away from home or even out-of-state?
- Does my plan provide adequate coverage, coverage beyond emergency services to include diagnostic x-rays and laboratory services ordered at Stonehill College Health Service, mental health coverage, prescription drugs, and inpatient and outpatient hospitalization?
- Does my plan have health care providers in the Easton, MA area?
- Does my current plan cover local walk-in clinic visits, emergency room visits and specialty provider referrals?
- Does my current plan have a high deductible that needs to be met before full coverage begins?
Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan
If you don't have coverage or if your coverage isn't adequate, you will need to enroll in the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan. The Plan is underwritten by Harvard Pilgrim Health care Insurance Company (HPHC) and managed by Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk.
Conversely, if your current health insurance plan is comparable, you are not required to purchase the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan.
Stonehill bills all students for the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan until proof of comparable coverage is received.Information will be sent with the bills in July on how to complete an online waiver or acceptance of the insurance. You can complete the insurance waiver between July 15, 2014 and August 15, 2014 at www.gallagherstudent.com/stonehill.
Stonehill College's Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan is underwritten by Harvard Pilgrim Health care Insurance Company (HPHC) and is managed by Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk, located in Quincy, Massachusetts. An online brochure describing the plan in its entirety will be available soon and a member of the Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk team will be present at the June Orientation to answer any questions. Some basic points of coverage include the following:
- This is a PPO plan with In-Network providers covered at 90% and Out-of-Network providers covered at 70%.
- This plan has no overall plan maximum benefit.
- Coverage includes hospitalization, surgery, prescription drugs, diagnostic testing and lab work, emergency care, mental health, and substance abuse services.
- Preventative Care Services, including routine physicals and many immunizations, are covered at 100% In-Network, with no cost-sharing (no deductibles or co-payments).
Coverage Term Dates
The Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan provides coverage to students for a 12-month period, August 13, 2014 through August 12, 2015. Here is a copy of the Student Health Insurance Letter the 2014-2015 school year.
Cost of Plan
The cost of the 2014-2015 Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan is $ 1,596.00 and is meant to be an affordable option for students and their families to consider. More details will be available at orientation in June.
Out-of-state Medicaid is not considered comparable insurance. Massachusetts' Mass Health does qualify but, ends at age 19 leaving students without any coverage. Insurance policies from other countries are not acceptable.
No Fees for Visits to Health Services
There is no charge for visits to Stonehill College Health Services. There may be fees associated with outside laboratory services such as blood tests.
If you have questions about the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan, please contact Gallagher Student Health and Special Risk Insurance at (800) 406-4911. A copy of the plan brochure will be available online soon.