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Health Services

A registered nurse—Audrey Hampton, R.N. director, Student Health Services—provides general care, such as first aid for injuries, and treatment for minor illnesses and conferences on health problems. Students are referred to physicians and/or nearby hospitals when necessary. Information is available on a wide range of health matters (e.g. free and anonymous HIV testing) in the health office, D208, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday, excluding holidays and special occasions, ext. 7830)

General first aid is provided to all students, regardless of medical coverage. If it is necessary for a student to see a physician, they can attain a referral from the SHS department. All students are required to have a health record on file with the SHS department. Upon receipt of the admission packets, all students should fill out the health record and obtain a physical before registering for school.

The health form may be mailed, along with the rest of the admissions packet or brought to the SHS department in person. If the form is misplaced, students may obtain an extra copy in SHS.

Health Insurance for Students

Students may purchase medical coverage through the school for a minimal fee, which is added to their tuition, unless the student wishes to waive the insurance because they have other insurance. For the 2013-2014 academic year, coverage begins at 12:01 am on September 1, 2013 and ends in September 1, 2014. For the 2014-2015 academic year, coverage begins at 12:01 am on September 1, 2014 and ends on September 1, 2015.

Fees for 2013-2014

Each CalArts student must be covered by Health Insurance. CalArts offers a plan provided by Anthem Blue Cross Life & Health. A $665 premium is charged for Fall semester (four months’ premium) and $1,330 is charged for the Spring semester (eight months’ premium); a total of $1,995. A detailed brochure about CalArts health plan can be viewed at www.4studenthealth.com/calarts. If you are already covered by health insurance and do not need our health insurance coverage you must complete the insurance waiver via the online tuition bill during the registration process.

Fees for 2014-2015

Effective September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015, the student health insurance fee will be $2205.00. 

Beginning in Fall 2014, all new international students entering CalArts will be required to have student health insurance coverage through the CalArts Student Health Insurance Plan.  If you are a new international student and have questions or concerns regarding the new insurance requirements, please email Penelope Weston at pweston@calarts.edu.

The school insurance (Blue Cross Life and Health) covers:

Office visits, hospital inpatient and outpatient services, alternative services (e.g. chiropractic, acupuncture) outpatient prescription drugs (available at any pharmacy).

The plan does not cover:

Pre-existing conditions, immunizations, physicals, vision or dental.

As a new member in the BC life and health plan, you will receive a health identification card in the mail which is to be used whenever you need medical attention and to purchase prescriptions at any pharmacy. Your original ID card is good for each year as long as you are a CalArts student.

Blue Cross Life and Health has incorporated into the coverage access to the Blue Cross Prudent Buyer Plan (PPO) network of hospitals and Physicians. Covered persons will lower their out-of-pocket expenses by utilizing the blue cross PPO network. Network access provides benefits nationwide for covered medical expenses incurred at 80% of the negotiated rate when treated by network providers and provides benefits worldwide for covered medical expenses incurred at 60% of reasonable expenses when treated by non-network providers.

Benefits for prescriptions drugs are available at any pharmacy. Students using network pharmacies must pay 50% of the negotiated rate at the point of purchase. No claims forms are to be submitted. Students using non-network pharmacies must pay 100% of the drug cost at the point of purchase. The student must then submit a claim form for reimbursement of up to 50% of the Drug Limited Fee Schedule amount allowed and costs in excess of that amount.

More Information

If you have questions or concerns about the policy, please contact Blue Cross Life and Health, call 800.888.2108 (toll free). When you hear the automated attendant, press zero to connect to the Customer Care Unit. The CalArts policy number is 175-093.

Go to the website www.bluecrossca.com for quick access to product, service and provider information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Last edited by tpriestley on Jun 16, 2014
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