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Update on Optional Student Medical Insurance (This does not affect Student Health Clinic Services included under your Comprehensive Health Fee)

September 9, 2015

Due to declining enrollment for the last several years, Eastern Washington University has decided to discontinue its optional domestic undergraduate insurance plan to students effective this month.     With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, there are comparable, reasonably-priced health-plan alternatives available.  If you are seeking health insurance, you may wish to look into the following options:

·    Coverage under a parent's plan (if you are under age 26).

·    Washington Apple Health.  If you qualify for Medicaid coverage in Washington state, you will not have 
      to wait for the open enrollment period.

·     Individual/Family coverage (any age) or a catastrophic plan (if you are under age 30).

The open enrollment period for this coverage is November 1, 2015-January 31, 2016, unless you have a qualifying event (ex: loss of health coverage, marriage, permanent move to a new state, birth/adoption of a child).   For more information about the options above, visit or   As a current student taking six or more credits, you also have access to EWU student health services through Rockwood Clinic.  While not an insurance plan, EWU student health services (funded by your student health fee) include many of college students' typical medical needs.  For more information about EWU student health services, as well as a list of the covered benefits and health clinic locations, visit the EWU student health services website:   We hope this information is helpful to you.  If you have any other questions, please contact Health, Wellness and Prevention Services at (509)359-4279.   


Tricia Hughes
Health, Wellness and Prevention Services
A Department of Student Affairs

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