Always keep your health insurance card with you (or save a picture of it in your phone). You will need to present this card whenever you seek medical attention in the United States. You can obtain a copy of your card by logging in here.
To best utilize your student health insurance, you will need to search for local providers in the United Healthcare/Hardvard Pilgrim Network (WPI student health insurance subscribers) to ensure that your insurance is accepted at their practice. It is also helpful to utilize the “My Account” feature of the student health insurance. Instructions on how to access this feature can be found here.
Following your appointment, you may receive an Explanation of Benefits (EOB). Always review your EOB for errors or uncovered expenses. An EOB is a description of payments issues by the insurance company after a claim has been processed. The EOB will also state the remaining amount that may be owed by the policyholder (you, the student) to the medical provider. Note: this is not a bill, but an explanation of covered expenses. You will likely receive a bill directly from your medical provider that you must pay.
WHERE TO GO FOR CARE
WPI Student Health Services can provide medical care to WPI students, and more information can be found here: https://www.wpi.edu/student-experience/health-counseling/health-services.
Emergency departments and hospitals provide 24/7 care for emergent illnesses and injuries that cannot wait to be treated. You do not need an appointment to be seen at an emergency department, you can walk in at any time, but may have to wait. If you are experiencing a medical emergency on campus and need an ambulance, please call campus police at 508-831-5555 or if you are off campus call 911. The closest hospitals and emergency rooms to the WPI campus are UMass Memorial Medical Center- Memorial Campus at 119 Belmont Street Worcester and Saint Vincent’s Hospital at 123 Summer Street Worcester. There is another UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus located at 55 Lake Ave North in Worcester, but this location is a little farther from campus. Emergency departments may bill you or charge a copayment based on your health insurance plan. Please call your health insurance plan directly to determine the cost. Visits to the emergency department can be expensive but required for life threatening illnesses and injuries.
Urgent care offices provide a wide range of medical care with extended hours and on weekends. These offices can provide a higher level of care than WPI Health Services, but not as high a level of care as an emergency department. Students can be seen at the local urgent cares on a walk-in basis. Urgent care offices can provide x-ray and electrocardiogram (EKG) services as well. Please explore the different urgent care locations below to see what they have to offer their patients.
- CVS Minute Clinic located at 44 West Boylston Street in Worcester
- ReadyMed Urgent Care at 366 Shrewsbury Street in Worcester
- AFC Urgent Care at 117 Stafford Street in Worcester
Urgent care offices may bill you or charge a copayment based on your health insurance plan. Please call your health insurance plan directly to determine the cost.
Several pharmacies are located within a short distance from campus and are available for all your medication needs, including over the counter and prescription medications. The closest pharmacies to campus are CVS at 44 West Boylston Street in Worcester, CVS at 400 Park Avenue in Worcester, and Walgreens at 320 Park Avenue in Worcester.
IMPORTANT HEALTH INSURANCE TERMINOLOGY
- Copay – the fee you pay for covered services, usually due at the time you receive care. For example, you might pay a $15 copay to see a primary care doctor or specialist.
- Co-insurance – the financial part of a medical service you’re responsible for. For example, you might pay 20% of the cost for a particular service, and the health insurance plan will pay the remaining 80%.
- Annual Deductible – the amount you have to pay toward medical costs before your health insurance plan starts paying part of the bill.
- Emergency – an illness, injury, symptom or condition so serious that a reasonable person would seek care right away to avoid severe harm or death.
- Out of pocket maximum – the maximum amount of money you’ll have to pay for health care in a year. After you meet the maximum, your health insurance plan covers 100% of all eligible costs for the rest of the plan year.
- In-Network - A group of healthcare providers and facilities—including doctors, hospitals, and labs—that contract with your healthcare plan to provide services at negotiated discount rates. You’ll usually pay less when you use a network healthcare provider. WPI SHIP contracts with United Healthcare/Student Resources to provide access to its extensive network of hospitals and providers. In-network options for students enrolled in the WPI student health insurance plan can be found here: http://www2.crossagency.com/2020-2021/provider.php
- Out-of-Network - Health care professionals, hospitals, clinics, and labs that do not belong to the United Healthcare network. You’ll typically pay more and may need to file a claim for payment.
- Referral - Written authorization given by the student health center (SHC) to seek care outside of the SHC for medically necessary services.
- Maximum Allowed Amount – the total reimbursement payable under your plan for covered services you receive in-network and out-of-network providers. It is the claims administrator’s payment toward the services billed by your provider, combined with any deductible or coinsurance you may owe. If you receive services from an out-of-network provider, the provider will bill you the different, if any, between their charges and the maximum allowed amount.