Discontinuation of Domestic Student Health Insurance Plan & Mandatory Insurance Policy
Posted: May 16, 2022
I am writing to announce an important change to Seattle University’s policy concerning student health insurance. Starting in Fall Quarter/Fall Semester 2022, Seattle University will no longer mandate insurance coverage for undergraduate domestic students and will no longer offer a university-sponsored student health insurance plan for domestic students. International students will still be required to have health insurance and will automatically be enrolled unless they provide evidence of comparable annual health insurance coverage.
Students currently enrolled in the Aetna student health insurance program, including the law/graduate voluntary plan, will continue to have coverage through Summer 2022. The last day of coverage for most students will be August 31, 2022; the one exception is law students, whose last day of coverage is July 31, 2022. Domestic student plans will not be renewed after these dates.
We encourage you to explore alternative options for health insurance coverage after Summer 2022. Be aware that your insurance plan ending is considered a “life event,” which allows you the opportunity to enroll in insurance plans outside of the normal open enrollment period. If you need a certificate of coverage letter, contact Aetna customer service at 1-877-480-4161. For additional information, see https://www.seattleu.edu/student-health/health-insurance/.
While Seattle University will no longer offer a domestic student health insurance plan, we encourage all students to carry health insurance coverage. You can find information about health insurance options and free/low-cost community health resources at the following resource page: http://www.seattleu.edu/wellness/insurance.
In addition, Seattle University students will continue to have access to the following healthcare resources:
TimelyCare (No insurance required and no out-of-pocket costs)
- On-Demand Medical:24/7, on-demand access to a medical provider that can treat a wide range of common illnesses like cold and flu, sinus infection, allergies and more.
- Scheduled Medical Appointments:Scheduled options to speak to a medical provider.
- TalkNow:24/7, on-demand access to a mental health professional to talk about anything at any time.
- Scheduled Counseling Appointments:Scheduled options to speak to a licensed counselor (up to 12 visits per year).
- Health Coaching:Resources to help students adopt healthier lifestyle behaviors related to sleep issues, nutrition, weight management and more.
- Psychiatry Referrals:Referral code provided after consultation with an on-campus medical provider in the Student Health Center.
- Group Wellness Sessions:Weekly Guided Meditation and Yoga Group Sessions, plus specialized discussions throughout the year.
Student Health Center
Bellarmine Hall 107
The Student Health Center is a primary care clinic offering on-campus healthcare at a minimum cost for students’ health and wellness needs. Learn about services at https://www.seattleu.edu/student-health/.
Counseling & Psychological Services
CAPS offers short-term, individual teletherapy, referral, and consultation services to currently enrolled and continuous SU students. All clinical services are confidential, and no information is released without the student's consent, unless required or allowed by law. Services at CAPS are provided by licensed clinicians at no cost to SU students. Learn more detailed information about current services and resources at https://www.seattleu.edu/caps/.
Wellness & Health Promotion
Student Center 380
Find non-clinical programs and services related to physical health, mental health, and healthy relationships, as well as information about health insurance plans. Learn more at https://www.seattleu.edu/wellness/.
James Willette, Ph.D.
Associate Provost & Dean of Students