Important Medical Insurance Announcement
Pharmacy Changes, Effective August 1, 2015
Coming August 1, 2015, students currently insured with Insurance Purchased through North Seattle College (LewerMark) will be accessing a new Pharmacy Program through the CIGNA Pharmacy network. Students must print a new ID card on or after August 1, 2015 in order to access pharmacy benefits under the school’s sponsored student plan. Please login to access your ID card or call 1-800-821-7710.
Medical insurance is mandatory for all international students (F-1 visa holders) while in the U.S. Students must purchase their medical insurance policy through North Seattle College.
As an international student, you are automatically charged for medical insurance when you register for classes each quarter. North cannot waive the quarterly medical insurance fee, even if you maintain a separate policy from your home country.
Students who register for classes, then drop classes after the second week of the quarter are NOT eligible for an insurance refund. Concurrent students must request the medical insurance fee be waived or refunded prior to the second week of the quarter. THERE ARE NO MEDICAL INSURANCE REFUNDS AFTER THE SECOND WEEK OF EACH QUARTER.
With insurance, international students are then responsible for only a $20 copay per illness or injury.
UPDATED Rates & Medical Insurance Information: Effective Fall Quarter 2016
Student: $376.80 (for Fall 2017 - $383.22)
Student & Spouse: no longer available
Per Dependent Child: no longer available
College Medical Resources
Access your account or view policy information through the North Seattle College Medical Resources. (This link includes information for "Insurance Options for Your Spouse and Children.")
Period of Coverage
When you buy North Seattle College's insurance policy, you are covered from the first day of the quarter until the day before the first day of the following quarter. If you are entering the United States for the first time to study at North Seattle College, you will also be covered for 30 days prior to the first day of the quarter, or from the day you entered the United States, whichever comes first. If you are transferring from one school to another, you will be covered from the first day of the quarter. If your previous school also had a policy through The Lewer Agency, and you were covered by the policy, then you will be covered during the break between the two schools when you purchase insurance through NSC.
What to do if the Doctor’s Office/Hospital says you do not have insurance coverage or your insurance has expired
There is a chance that the LewerMark insurance agency has not received the enrollment information from North Seattle College. This can happen at the beginning of the quarter. In this case, students should do the following:
- Ask the doctor’s office/hospital staff to call the Lewer agency to check on your eligibility. The phone number is 1-800-821-7710 and can be found in the top-left corner on the front of your insurance card.
- If the doctor’s office/hospital has been unable to confirm your coverage, please come to the IP office and let the front desk staff know that you have a question about insurance coverage.
- The IP Office will send your information to the LewerMark insurance agency to enroll you directly. This enrollment typically takes 1 business day. If you already visited the doctor/hospital and received medical treatment, the following business day, you will need to contact the doctor/hospital where you received treatment, tell them that you have insurance information you would like to provide, and ask them to bill the LewerMark agency. You will need to have your insurance card ready when you call or visit so that you can give them the information on the card.
Vacation Quarter or Quarters with No Enrollment
If you are not taking any classes at North Seattle College during a vacation quarter, leave of absence, or medical leave, you will not be covered by North Seattle's insurance policy unless you buy insurance for that quarter. International Programs strongly recommends that students purchase insurance in these circumstances to ensure they have adequate coverage. Please visit the International Programs (IP) Office to purchase insurance or email Jo Scozzafava requesting your student account be charged. email: email@example.com you may then pay online.
If you choose not to purchase coverage during a vacation quarter, leave of absence, or medical leave, you will have a break in coverage from the last day of the previous quarter until the first day of the next quarter you enroll and purchase insurance.
If you have a serious medical condition that requires you to be on full or part-time medical leave, the Lewer policy may not cover you after your first quarter of full or part-time leave. If your condition prevents you from enrolling full time for a second quarter, you may consider returning to your home country until you have fully recovered. If you remain in the United States on medical leave after your first quarter of full-time or part-time medical leave, you may need to find a new insurance policy to cover your medical expenses.
Finishing your Program
If you finish your program and are going home, then you are covered for 30 days from the last day of your program. If you plan to stay through the full 60 days of your program grace period, you have the option of purchasing a 30-day extension on the insurance policy (see the International Programs Office for details).
If you have been approved for Optional Practical Training (OPT), you may purchase North Seattle College’s policy while you are on OPT. To have insurance during OPT, you must pay the premium with North Seattle upon graduation, or by the time OPT has been granted, whichever comes first. It is important that your coverage does not lapse. If it does, you will not be eligible to purchase North Seattle College’s insurance while you are on OPT. Please visit the International Programs (IP) Office to purchase insurance or email Jo Scozzafava requesting your student account be charged. email: firstname.lastname@example.org you may then pay online.
Medical Insurance does not pay for Dental services. Students may purchase Dental and/or Vision Policies directly through the providers.
Students may also purchase Renters Insurance. Rental insurance is not mandatory but strongly recommended in case of accidents and thefts.
Get Answers to Medical Questions
You can get help with medical issues through My Nurse 24/7. Your personal Nurseline Number is 1-866-549-5076. Both the phone call and the service are FREE.
Friendly, experienced, registered nurses will answer your medical questions and help you make your best health choices. There are translation services and information about general health and wellness. You can call toll free 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Or visit the My Nurse 24/7 Web site.