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Last modified: Thursday, 06-Jul-2017 10:18:29 EDT

University Health Service (UHS)

News from UHS (Updated July 6, 2017)


U of R Student Insurance Plan Update
As you plan for health insurance for the coming school year, we want to advise you of a significant change to the U of R Student Health Insurance Plan. As a result of recent NYS approval for the University to "self-fund" the plan, the premium for Plan Year 2017-18 will decrease by 6.8%, to $2,292. In addition, the plan will have no deductibles; the $125 medical deductible and the $250 pharmacy deductible have both been removed. The University is excited to be able to offer these saving to full-time University students, their spouses, domestic partners, and dependents. Please be sure to take this into consideration as you make your decision to enroll or waive health insurance coverage for the 2017-18 academic year. The link for the Online Insurance Process is in the Quick Links box on the UHS web site.

Online Insurance Process – Open June - September 15
All students who will be full-time in the fall must complete the Online Insurance Process every year during the Fall Open Enrollment Period (June 6-September 15). Students complete this process to either enroll or waive the University-sponsored health insurance. The Online Insurance Process is now open. The site will be open from June through Friday, September 15. Completing this process by July 6 is recommended for undergraduate students to assure proper billing on the first tuition billing statement. The recommended date for graduate students is July 31. Health insurance coverage is August 1 through July 31.

Coverage During the Summer
Students who were full-time in the Spring 2017 semester are covered by the mandatory health fee through Monday, July 31. For students who were enrolled in the Aetna Student Health insurance plan, coverage also continues until Monday, July 31. Coverage for 2017-18 begins on August 1.

UHS Summer Hours
UHS offices will be on summer hours beginning Monday, May 15. The UHS offices on the River Campus and at the Medical Center will be open weekdays throughout the summer with the exception of two holidays. The offices will be closed on Memorial Day (May 29) and on the 3rd and 4th of July (July 4). From June 2 through August 11, these two offices will close at 4:00 p.m. on Fridays. The UHS office at the Eastman School of Music is closed for the summer. Whenever UHS offices are closed, a UHS physician is on call and available by phone for urgent concerns that cannot wait until the offices re-open. If you need assistance for an urgent concern when UHS offices are closed, call 585-275-2662 to reach the physician on call.

Introducing UR Sex Week: September 25–29
UR Sex Week brings stimulating discussions around relationships, sex and sexuality to campus. This week of programming will kick off with the annual Sex and Chocolate Fair, highlighting campus and community resources to educate students about safe sexual practices. Throughout the remaining days, there will be a variety of tabling activities and educational lectures, such as Netflix & Chill and Sex is Like Pizza. Plus, be sure not to miss the Sex in the Dark program (9/28 @ 7:30 in Hoyt), where students can have all of their questions answered by a panel of "sexperts". Information will be posted on the Health Promotion website early in the semester.

New Programs from the UHS Health Promotion Office
The UHS Health Promotion Office is excited to bring Rochester students two new programs this fall. In October, a four-week Mindfulness and Meditation workshop will be offered, which includes instruction and practice of mindfulness meditation and other body/mind techniques to help reduce stress. Then in November, the Zzzzs to As 21 Day Sleep Challenge will teach students how proper sleep fosters greater academic success. More information will be posted on the Health Promotion website early in the semester.

Check Out the New & Improved Student Health 101
Student Health 101, the monthly online magazine for student health and wellness, is new & improved! You're going to love it! Featured this month: your guide to a personal selfie revolution, tips to eat better without really trying, and need to know info about the cancer preventing HPV vaccine.

Health Insurance for Graduating Students
Graduating students on their parent's insurance plan can usually continue until age 26. Graduates who are enrolled on the University-sponsored student health insurance plan automatically continue that coverage through July 31 (December 31 if graduating in December). Ending student coverage as a result of graduation is a "qualifying life event" that allows enrollment in another plan effective August 1. It is generally best to find a plan that has a network of providers where you will be living or one that offers nation-wide coverage. Go to for further information.

Requesting Your Immunization Record
If you need documentation of your immunizations for graduate school, a job, or another reason, UHS can help you by providing you with a list of immunizations that are documented in the UHS database. To request your immunization record, e-mail Put "Immunization Record Request" in the subject line. Include your name, birth date, your years at the University, your student ID (if you know it), and your mailing address or fax number. Requests are usually processed in 3-5 business days.

Questions about Health Insurance
If you have questions about health insurance for full-time students and their spouses and dependents, write to the UHS Insurance Advisors at for assistance. Please include your student ID in your message. For information about health insurance, check "Health Insurance for Full-time Students" on the UHS web site.

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