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Health Insurance FAQ

Can my student be seen at University Health Services (UHS)? - I have HMO coverage

Yes. All currently enrolled EMU students can obtain health care at UHS. However, it is recommended that parents contact their primary care provider and let them know that their (son/daughter) will be going away to school. Ask for permission for the child to be seen at UHS. You may need a written approval of this by the primary care doctor. Typically, if it is an emergency, we can see the student and services will be covered, but this is not a given. We will treat any student. We simply cannot guarantee that the charges for services rendered at UHS will be covered by your insurance plan.

Each insurance company is different about how and whom they reimburse the charges that result from one of their clients seeking health care – HMO’s are particular about this. Parents should discuss with their customer service representative at their HMO about what to do regarding the charges for health care that their son/daughter should incur when out of the HMO service area (away at college). It is best to get permission to obtain medical services at UHS from your HMO before your student leaves home. Be sure your son/daughter has a copy of their insurance card with them.

NOTE: Students under the age of 18 must have a ‘Medical Treatment of Minor Consent Form’ on file at UHS, in order for them to be treated. This form will be mailed to incoming students along with other University Health Services information during the summer prior to attendance at EMU.

What type of insurance do you accept?

We file insurance forms for the Student Health Insurance as offered by EMU, and accept their reimbursement as payment in full for our clinic services. We give an itemized receipt for services rendered at UHS at check out that may be sent in to your insurance company for reimbursement.

In the pharmacy, we participate with the following plans:

  • Blue Care Network
  • Blue Cross Michigan
  • Care Choices
  • Claims Pro
  • M-Care
  • Medicaid Michigan
  • PAID
  • PCS and Advance Rx
  • Express Scripts
  • SMG/Med. Net
  • Student Insurance
  • Total Health Care
  • NPA Management
  • Medimpact
  • Anthem Rx
  • St. Johns/Providence Hospital. Health Systems of Michigan
  • Drug Assistance Program

If you are unsure whether the pharmacy participates with your insurance plan, you should contact the pharmacy at 734.487.1125.

What type of payment do you accept at UHS?

Charges may be billed to the student’s account (for currently-enrolled students), paid for by cash, check, VISA, Discover or MasterCard. In these situations, an itemized medical receipt is given to the patient to file with their individual insurance carrier. If the student is covered by either of the two EMU student insurance policies, they will have a co-pay for services (including pharmacy prescriptions), which can be paid at that time or billed to their student account. The balance of the charges will be billed to Student Insurance by UHS and payment will be applied directly to the student’s account.

Who may use the UHS Pharmacy?

Charges may be billed to the student’s account (for currently-enrolled students), paid for by cash, check, VISA, Discover or Master Card. In these situations, an itemized medical receipt is given to the patient to file with their individual insurance carrier. If the student is covered by either of the two EMU student insurance policies, they will have a co-pay for services (including pharmacy prescriptions), which can be paid at that time or billed to their student account. The balance of the charges will be billed to Student Insurance by UHS and payment will be applied directly to the student’s account.

What are your hours of operation?

  • Fall and Winter Terms
    Monday through Friday: 8:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30 to 5:00pm
    Closed between Fall and Winter semesters

  • Summer Terms
    Monday through Thursday: 8:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30 to 5:00pm
    Friday: 9:00am to 1:00pm

We are closed during all University observed holidays

How can my student get seen at UHS?

Call UHS at 734.487.1122 or stop in to make an appointment to see a doctor or nurse practitioner. If they cannot get an appointment right away, they may request to talk with a nurse to get advice about what to do until their appointment, so they may feel better.

What if my student gets sick at night or on the weekend?

Students should go to the emergency room at one of the provider hospitals if they are very, very sick (bad chest pain, difficulty breathing, broken bone, bad cut needing stitches.) If they go to the emergency room for a mild illness, the insurance company will not pay very much of the charges – leaving you to pay much or all. The insurance company will generally pay more of the charges at local urgent care clinics for mild illnesses than at the emergency room (e.g. Urgent Care at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital is ONLY FOR EMERGENCIES.)

Out-of-State Prescriptions

Most out-of-state prescriptions can be filled at the Health Service Pharmacy. Please consult the pharmacy staff regarding specific medications.

What benefits are included on the EMU student health insurance plan?

A brochure which describes the plan in detail is available at UHS. For further information, contact our Insurance Specialist Monday – Friday at 734.487.3048 or stop by UHS. Walk-in information hours are 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 -4 p.m.
https://www.uhcsr.com/emich (Online Services)