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Student Health & Health Insurance


Student Health

University Health Services (UHS) is open to all students enrolled at Thomas Jefferson University. Visits to UHS are free of charge, however, any charges incurred by such visits, i.e. radiology or laboratory tests,  will be billed to the student’s insurance.

UHS is located at 833 Chestnut Street, Suite 205.  

Hours

UHS hours of operation are:

Monday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Tuesday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

During evenings and weekends, students should report to the Emergency Department if an urgent medical problem arises.

Staff

The UHS medical staff consists of two nurse practitioners, a physician and three nurses. The secretarial staff is available to assist with immunization records and health information. UHS coordinates psychiatric care through the Student Personal Counseling Center.

Immunization Requirements

UHS is required to comply with the infection control policies of the Hospital Infection Control Committee and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

It is required that all students complete a student health form prior to attending the university. This consists of a physical exam performed by the student’s physician no greater than one year prior to enrollment, a medical history and up-to-date immunizations for:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • Pertussis
  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis B

We also require an influenza vaccination. Learn more about immunization and other requirements for matriculation.

Services & Costs

Episodic Care

General medical problems may be addressed at UHS on a walk-in basis. Walk-in hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Psychiatric Services

The Student Personal Counseling Center (SPCC), directed by Deanna Nobleza, is actively involved in planning and implementing programs to foster student emotional and mental health. Consultations and three initial evaluations with a staff psychiatrist/psychologist are provided free of charge to SKMC students.

For ongoing therapy, a reduced fee will be charged. Insurance is accepted whenever possible.

Consultations, evaluations and counseling sessions require appointments. Students may call the SPCC directly at 215-503-2817 to arrange an appointment.

Evaluation of Potentially Infectious Illnesses

Students with potentially infectious illnesses should report to UHS for an evaluation prior to reporting to their clinical rotations. Questions regarding any exposures to illnesses, i.e. varicella (chicken pox or shingles), influenza, tuberculosis, viral conjunctivitis, may be addressed by calling 215-955-6835 or visiting UHS. 

Whether you are able to resume clinical activities will be determined with the guidance of the Hospital Infection Control Policy.

Annual Tuberculosis Screening

All students are required under the Hospital Infection Control Policy to undergo annual tuberculosis screening. Testing for second-year students takes place in the Microbiology lab section, and results of this testing are forwarded to UHS for inclusion in the student’s chart.

The student is responsible for completing the test in the third and fourth years. The PPD may be done in UHS or at an outside physician’s office as long as the results are forwarded to UHS. All students with a history of a positive PPD must complete the annual questionnaire regarding the signs and symptoms of tuberculosis. Interferon Gamma Release Assays (IGRAs) may be provided in lieu of the annual tuberculosis skin test or for those with a positive history and a history of BCG.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

The complete three-dose series, followed by an antibody titer to document immunity is required as part of our pre-matriculation requirements. UHS will assist with the completion of the series for those students who are unable to complete the series before matriculation. Vaccines may be administered through UHS for a nominal fee.

Flu Vaccination

Each fall, UHS offers the flu vaccination free of charge to all Thomas Jefferson University students. The annual influenza vaccination is mandatory for all students. Those who wish to present a medical or religious exemption must contact University Health Services directly.

Occupational Exposure to Blood and Body Fluids

Students who are exposed to patients’ blood or body fluids during the course of their clinical rotations should report to UHS as soon as possible after the exposure. If the exposure occurs after normal working hours, the student should report to Jefferson’s Emergency Department.

UHS follows the Public Health Service’s Guidelines for Exposure to HIV, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B. If a student is on a rotation outside of Jefferson, he/she is advised to contact UHS for direction. Students unable to return to UHS or to Jefferson’s Emergency Department should be seen in the closest emergency department. Care for this visit is charged to the student’s insurance. 

Learn more about our exposure protocol

Confidentiality of Medical Records

All health services records, including psychiatric visits, are strictly confidential. They are not available to any person other than the UHS healthcare provider without the student’s written permission. 

For questions or appointments, call 215-955-6835.

Health Insurance

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Health insurance is required for all students attending Thomas Jefferson University. We offer a comprehensive health plan through United Healthcare, designed specifically for students. Please familiarize yourself with the plan benefits.

Waiver Site Available June 2017

Specifics to note:

  • This plan is a PPO, which provides flexibility in accessing care, including both when you are on clinical rotations and when you are home on break.
  • This plan is accepted throughout the United Healthcare network.
  • The coverage period is August 1, 2014 through July 31, 2015. Students must re-enroll into the United Healthcare plan by July 31, or be charged a fee.
  • Your tuition bill will be charged directly for the coverage, divided among the two semesters (but you will only need to enroll once).

Rates for 2016-2017

  • Student: $4,776.00
  • Student plus one dependent: $9,552.00
  • Student plus more than one dependent $14,328.00

Health insurance enrollment is an online process and must be completed by EVERY student, whether you are selecting the school-sponsored plan or are requesting to waive.

Enrollment into the United Healthcare plan must be done online each year and must be completed by July 31. If you have not completed the online enrollment by this date, you will automatically be charged a fee, which will be added to your tuition account.

Begin the online enrollment/waiver process through United Healthcare, after directly selecting “Thomas Jefferson University."

Insurance Waiver

First-year students who can provide evidence of comparable health insurance through a policy of a parent or spouse may request to waive the coverage offered through Thomas Jefferson University. To request a waiver, you must do so online through United Healthcare.

To qualify for a waiver, a student’s insurance plan must be one of the following:

  • An employer-based plan through parent, spouse or own employment
  • An individual plan purchased through a government exchange or directly through a carrier at the Gold (80%) or Platinum (90%) level
  • A plan provided via Medicaid or Veterans Affairs

If the plan originates outside of the Philadelphia area, the student must have the ability to access providers in the areas of their current residence, without disruption to their academic responsibilities, while attending Thomas Jefferson University.

Rates for 2016-2017

  • Student: $4,864.00
  • Student plus one dependent: $9,728.00
  • Student plus more than one dependent $14,592.00

Health insurance enrollment is an online process and must be completed by EVERY student, whether you are selecting the school-sponsored plan or are requesting to waive.

Enrollment into the United Healthcare plan must be done online each year and must be completed by July 31. If you have not completed the online enrollment by this date, you will automatically be charged a fee, which will be added to your tuition account.

Begin the online enrollment/waiver process through United Healthcare, after directly selecting “Thomas Jefferson University."

Dental Insurance

Optional dental insurance is offered through Delta Dental.  This plan, a custom PPO, improves access to timely dental care. Two plan options are available. Visit Delta Dental for a detailed description of each plan.

Dental coverage begins August 1, 2014 and is in effect until July 31, 2015, after that, students must reenroll if they wish to continue their coverage through Delta Dental.  You can only enroll in the plan for an entire academic year.  Your tuition bill will be charged the annual rate.

Questions:  Please contact Joyce Muwwakkil at 215-503-6988 or Kristin DeSimone, MD.

Rates for 2016-2017

Basic Plan: covers exams and cleanings twice a year

  • Single: $165.00
  • Plus Dependents: $573.00

Enhanced plan: offers 80% coverage for additional dental needs

  • Single: $340.00
  • Plus Dependents: $1,179.00

Disability Insurance

Sidney Kimmel Medical College provides you with a disability plan that will pay a monthly benefit in the event that you become disabled due to a sickness or injury, and the option to continue coverage upon graduation. Contact us for more information regarding this plan.