Student Health Insurance

Final Deadline: September 17, 2014

Overview

The Jewish Theological Seminary's Office of Human Resources offers an extensive Student Health Insurance Plan for you, your spouse or domestic partner, and dependent children. The plan is administered through the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan (Columbia Plan), and is underwritten by Aetna Student Health. It is an annual plan with coverage dates from September 1, 2014 to August 14, 2015. The plan election made is for the entire academic year, and cannot be changed in the middle of a plan year. YOU MUST COMPLETE THE APPLICABLE FORM AT THE START OF EVERY ACADEMIC YEAR. Your enrollment/waiver will be valid for the entire academic year, but does not transfer from year to year. 


The Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan (Columbia Plan):

  1. Columbia Health Program Fee (Columbia Health): This fee allows students access to the services provided by Columbia Health, located in John Jay Hall on Columbia's campus. Columbia Health offers primary care, urgent care, women's health, mental health counseling, and wellness programs. If you enroll in the Columbia Plan, Columbia Health must be your first point of contact. NOTE: For full-time and residential students the Columbia Health fee is mandatory, and you will automatically be enrolled and charged for Columbia Health.

  2. Gold/ Platinum Levels of the Columbia Plan: This plan is administered by Aetna Student Health, and is generally (but not always) used for specialist services. If enrolling in Columbia's Plan, students will need to choose between the Basic or Comprehensive Level.
    • Gold: Provides students with emergency care, prescription coverage, physician office visits, outpatient and inpatient hospitalization, and mental health services.
    • Platinum: Includes all of the benefits provided under the Gold plan; however, out-of-pocket and visit/coverage amounts are different.

Periods of Coverage:

The Columbia Plan covers a full year of care: September 1, 2014–August 14, 2015.  The coverage year for 2014–2015 is divided into two terms:   

  • Fall Term: September 1, 2014–January 19, 2015
  • Spring Term: January 20, 2015–August 14, 2015  

What are the requirements for full-time and/or residential students?

Full-Time Students: For the purposes of student health insurance, full-time is defined as 9 credits or more-regardless of school. 

Residential Students: Residential students include those students living in Mathilde Schechter Residence Hall, Brush Residence Hall, and Goldsmith Residence Hall.

All full-time and residential students are automatically enrolled and charged for Columbia Health, regardless of whether or not they waive out of the Columbia Plan. We, therefore, encourage you to utilize Columbia Health's services, which include urgent, routine, and follow-up medical care. Student Health InsurancePrior to the start of each academic year, all full-time and residential students are required to either:

  1. Enroll in the Columbia Plan by completing the 2014–2015 Student Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Form (PDF).

    OR

  2. Waive out of Student Health Insurance as a result of comparable coverage by completing pages six and seven of the 2014–2015 Student Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Form (PDF). Please see the rules of comparable coverage listed on the 2014–2015 Student Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Form (PDF) prior to completing the form.

Unless you complete the applicable Enrollment or Waiver form, you will automatically be enrolled and charged for the Gold Level of the Aetna Columbia Student Health Plan. Please note that it is in your best interest to complete the Student Health Insurance Enrollment Form even if you wish to elect the Gold Level.

What do I do if I am a List College Student?

Joint Program, Columbia University Students: Please complete the JTS 2014–2015 Student Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Form  (PDF) and NOT Columbia's Student Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Form. JTS's Office of Human Resources administers your student health insurance and NOT Columbia's Insurance Office.

Double Degree Program, Barnard Students: For students in the Double Degree Program, health services and insurance are administered through Barnard College. Double Degree students should NOT complete the JTS Student Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Form.

What if I am not a full-time or residential student?

If you are not a full-time or residential student, you are considered exempt from the student health insurance requirement. However, you may CHOOSE to enroll in Student Health Insurance by completing the 2014–2015 Student Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Form  (PDF). Should you elect to enroll, Columbia Health is an essential component of Student Health Insurance, and you will automatically be enrolled and charged for Columbia Health.

What is the deadline to submit the Student Health Insurance Enrollment or Waiver Form?

We encourage you to complete and return the applicable form to the Office of Human Resources by July 15, 2014. However, the very last day to submit your form is September 17, 2014.

How do I return my form?

Please return your form to the Office of Human Resources either:

  1. In Person: Office of Human Resources at Unterberg 108 (Monday–Thursday 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
  2. E-mail: hrdept@jtsa.edu
  3. Fax: (212) 678-8833
  4. Mail: The Jewish Theological Seminary, Office of Human Resources, 3080 Broadway, New York, New York 10027

What are the premiums?

The schedule of premiums, as well as additional information, is included on pages 1-4 of the 2014–2015 Student Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Form (PDF).

Please read the resources posted below very carefully. The above is a synopsis of Student Health Insurance and is NOT intended to be comprehensive. 

For any additional questions you may have, please contact the JTS Office of Human Resources at (212) 678-8014 or at hrdept@jtsa.edu.

Additional Information:

Student Health Insurance FAQ (PDF) 
Student Health Insurance Study Abroad Information and FAQ (PDF) 
Student Health Insurance Flowchart (PDF)
Student Health Insurance Summary of Rules (PDF)

Useful Links:

Columbia Health
Aetna Student Health Website

Contact Information JTS Office of Human Resources: 
(212) 678-8014 or hrdept@jtsa.edu


Columbia Health: 
(212) 854-2284 (General Information)

(212) 854-7426 (Medical Services Appointments)
(212) 854-2878 (Counseling and Psychological Services Appointments)

Aetna Student Health:
(800) 859-8471 (Customer Service)
(800) 238-6279 (Aetna Pharmacy Management)