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Health Services Eligibility
Students who have purchased the Student Health Insurance plan offered by Simon’s Rock
are eligible for medical and counseling services through the Counseling and Health
Service office. See the Student Health Insurance Brochure.
Students who have requested and received a waiver to opt out of the Student Health
Insurance plan, may be seen at the health office for evaluation and supportive care
until your parent/guardian or medical provider can be reached.
Health Services Fee
Rationale for the required Student Health Services fee
All enrolled students are required to pay the Student Health Services fee, which includes access to the College’s on-campus walk-in clinic, counseling service,
and the 24/7 emergency staff (including the College’s contract pediatric service).
While we understand a family's desire to reduce college fees and eliminate a redundant service
if they already have health coverage for their child, the health services fee is required
for the following reasons.
- Our students are younger than most college students and often have not had the experience
of managing their own health care needs. The Simon’s Rock health services covers more
than a typical college’s medical care. Our students receive walk-in access to Health
and Counseling Services staff. Staff members (licensed counselors, nurses, or nurse
practitioners supervised by contracted physicians) are available weekdays during business
hours and are on-call around the clock should students need help, support, or follow-up
- Over the years, we've had reports of students choosing not to seek health advice or
treatment because they were not covered on the College’s (formerly optional) plan.
In these instances, students wanted counseling support or wanted to see a nurse about
personal issues. The College leadership was compelled to address this frequent concern because
of the impact on the student’s well-being.
- While we are fortunate to have a small local hospital less than two miles away, 16- and 17-year-olds can be intimidated or overwhelmed
when facing a serious personal problem or emergency alone. Also, many adolescents
are less likely to seek follow-up care when managing their own health care. This puts
their recovery at risk. Our diligent staff cares for and monitors students and is
available to communicate with parents (in compliance with HIPAA regulations). Whether
it’s as minor as a sore throat or stitches or something much more serious, our staff
members provide the required health professional and resources, have working relationships
with local care providers, and get students proper treatment and follow-up care.
We understand your concerns about the mandatory fee, but we hope this explanation
creates a better understanding of the care your child will be receiving.
Student Health Insurance