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Health

Health insurance requirements

Because of the high costs of health care and the pivotal role health plays in supporting academic functioning and success, Cornell requires that all students, including participants in Cornell University Summer Session, have health insurance coverage, either their own comparable health insurance or the Cornell University Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).

International students registering for Summer Session are required to purchase the SHIP. Exceptions to this requirement will be granted in only a few circumstances. International students covered by a U.S.-based, employer-sponsored, group health plan may contact the Office of Student Health Insurance for additional information.

The Cornell SHIP is a comprehensive plan, tailor-made for students at Cornell. It provides extensive coverage at reasonable cost for most on- or off-campus health care. It covers pre-existing health conditions, and it meets or exceeds all F-1 and J-1 visa requirements.

SHIP members are covered twenty-four hours a day throughout the term of their enrollment, anywhere in the world, including (and especially) right here on campus at Gannett Health Services. All students, regardless of insurance coverage, are encouraged to use Gannett for their primary medical and mental health care while in Ithaca.

Please examine your existing insurance coverage carefully and compare it with the major provisions of the Cornell University SHIP. Individuals covered by health maintenance organizations (HMOs) or preferred provider organizations (PPOs) often have severely limited out-of-area coverage that will not cover many costs incurred in the Ithaca area.

To meet Cornell University's criteria, your health insurance plan must:

  1. Be provided by a company licensed to do business in the United States, with a U.S. claims payment office and a U.S. phone number.
  2. Have a maximum benefit of at least $500,000 per year.
  3. Have a policy year deductible of $2,500 or less.
  4. Be in force for the duration of the academic year, or until your program ends.
  5. Provide coverage for medical and mental health care where you are attending school (Ithaca or elsewhere) at a reimbursement rate of at least seventy percent of U.S.-based "Reasonable and Customary." Coverage must include inpatient and outpatient emergency, urgent, and routine care.
  6. Not exclude care for pre-existing conditions, prescription drug coverage, pregnancy and pregnancy-related treatments, sexually transmitted diseases/infections, HIV/immune deficiency disorders, cancer, alcohol- or drug-related conditions, self-inflicted injury, suicide/attempted suicide, or recreational activities injuries.
  7. Not require you to leave the U.S. or return to your country of origin or home country for medical or mental health care.

Please note: Criteria are subject to change each academic year. Continuing students will notice that several changes were made in the criteria for 2013–14.

If students waive the SHIP and access Gannett Health Services, payment will be required at time of service. (Read Paying Bills and Using Health Insurance at Gannett.)

If you have questions about whether your current plan meets Cornell University requirements, please contact:

Cornell University Office of Student Health Insurance
409 College Avenue
Suite 211
Ithaca, NY 14850
Telephone: 607.255.6363
Fax: 607.254.5221
E-mail: sicu@cornell.edu
Web: http://www.studentinsurance.cornell.edu

If you choose to enroll in the SHIP, return the SHIP enrollment form with the appropriate premium in U.S. funds either by check or a bank money order to the SHIP office at the address above.

Please note, once you have enrolled in the SHIP, the plan is not cancellable or refundable, except under special circumstances, approved by Aetna Student Health, provider of the SHIP (see website). In addition, we are not able to enroll you in the SHIP once your Summer Session program has started.

Health history form requirements (deadlines and late fees)

Students enrolled in Summer Session are required to complete Cornell's health history form to comply with state and federal laws, as well as with university policy. Please read this information carefully, as it may take you some time to comply with health requirements.

  • If you have been a full-time registered student at Cornell University at any time during the 2013-14 academic year, you have already met the university's health requirements and do not need to do anything further at this time.
  • If you were a full-time registered student at Cornell University at any time since 2007 but not during the 2013-14 academic year, you must contact the Gannett Requirements Office (see contact information below) by the applicable health history deadline to make sure you are still in compliance with health requirements.
  • All other students taking Summer Session classes at Cornell must complete the Summer Session health history form and submit it by the applicable deadline. If you need required immunizations, (outlined on the health history form) you may get them from your home health-care provider or on campus at Gannett Health Services. To schedule an appointment or inquire about charges for immunizations, call 607.255.4364.

Deadlines for submitting the health history form:

  • Three-Week Session: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
  • Eight-Week Session: Monday, June 9, 2014
  • Six-Week Session: Monday, June 23, 2014

Late fee: There is a $100 charge for forms that are incomplete or late.

Please note: Students who fail to submit their completed form by the deadline must go to Gannett Health Services during the first week of their summer session to satisfy health requirements. New York State requires Cornell University Summer Session to cancel the registration of any student who has not presented adequate proof of immunization within thirty days of registration.

For more information or assistance, please contact the Requirements Office at Gannett Health Services:
E-mail: immunization@cornell.edu
Phone: 607.255.4364 or 6951

Gannett Health Services

Gannett Health Services, centrally located on Ho Plaza near Willard Straight Hall, offers quality primary-care health services for participants in Cornell University Summer Session. Gannett Health Services staff will help you maintain your health, care for illnesses and injuries, and obtain emergency and specialty medical care if you need it.

As a Summer Session student, you are eligible for services at Gannett Health Services, regardless of whether you have the Cornell Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) or private health insurance.

Gannett Health Services is open for appointments and urgent care during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Whenever Gannett is closed, you can reach a health care provider by phone 24 hours a day, every day, at 607.255.5155. This provider can offer advice and, if necessary, arrange transportation to the Cayuga Medical Center Emergency Room or Convenient Care Center. Anyone in a health-emergency situation occurring any time of day or night should call 911. Gannett Health Services provides the following services:

  • general medical care
  • counseling and psychological services
  • nutrition and eating disorder services
  • sexual health care and counseling
  • alcohol and other drug counseling
  • tobacco cessation services
  • sports medicine
  • physical therapy
  • massage therapy (gift certificates available)
  • pharmacy, including prescription and non-prescription medications/supplies
  • laboratory and radiology services
  • allergy shots
  • immunizations and travel shots
  • health promotion

Although students with urgent health problems may be seen on a "walk-in" basis, you should call ahead to schedule an appointment whenever possible. If you need advice about whether or when you need an appointment, call and let us help.

Gannett staff members also assist students who need emergency and specialty medical care by making referrals to community practitioners and private health-care facilities.

Fees

Many Gannett visits involve only a $10 student visit charge to you, which can be paid at the time of the visit (by cash, check, or credit card). Additional fees are charged for X-rays, lab analyses, medications, routine physicals, and other services. Check your health insurance plan for information about your coverage. You can access your billing statements online and submit them to your insurance company for reimbursement. Inability to pay should never be a barrier to receiving needed health care. If you have concerns about expenses related to medical or mental-health care, you can discuss them with a Gannett billing representative before or during a visit to Gannett.

Confidentiality

All medical and mental health services are confidential at Gannett, and health care records are completely separate from all other university records. Gannett Health Services staff members confer with one another as needed to provide integrated care for you; in the event of your treatment at Cayuga Medical Center or another hospital, the hospital and Gannett will share relevant health information for continuity of care. Otherwise, Gannett will not release any information about you without your written permission, except as authorized or required by law, or in our judgment as necessary to protect you or others from a serious threat to health or safety. Review Gannett's Notice of Privacy Practices for more information.

Gannett uses an electronic health records system, which provides a web portal (myGannett) to facilitate secure communication.

For more information:

Gannett Health Services
Web: www.gannett.cornell.edu
Phone: 607.255.5155