Flu shot clinic for 10/24 canceled

Due to the cold temps today and the Dowdy Sidewalk Sale going on, we have canceled the flu clinic for today. Please see our remaining flu clinic dates in the post below, or call 328-6841 to schedule a flu shot appointment with our pharmacy.

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Don’t let the flu stop you!

Flu clinics are still ongoing around campus through early November, and we have flu shot appointments available through the pharmacy by calling 328-6841.

Don’t let the flu stop you!  Get you flu shot and help protect yourself and those around you from getting the flu.H1N1logo_PeeDee copy

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Summer Session Fees

Now that summer has come, many students are not taking classes but they would still like to utilize Student Health Service (SHS) or the Counseling Center (CCSD).  Not in summer school?  You may be eligible to still receive care at SHS & CCSD.

Did you just graduate?  Congratulations!  Due to anti-trust laws, SHS cannot continue to provide your healthcare, but we can 1) help you transfer your records to the office of your choice, 2) provide you with a list of local offices if you need help establishing care outside, or 3) we do have a 2 week grace period following graduation if you need to come in for a follow up of an existing problem (i.e. to get a medication refilled, or to finish up treatment for a particular problem or concern).

If you did not graduate, but are just not taking classes in summer school, you may still be eligible for care at SHS and/or CCSD.  In order to qualify for services at SHS/CCSD in the summer when you are not taking classes, you must have been enrolled this past spring AND you must be registered for fall classes.  If you meet those criteria, you can be seen at SHS/CCSD for a special summer fee.  The summer fee is necessary because you are not taking classes for the summer or paying any tuition, so you are not paying the usual health fee.  To pay the health fee for either SHS or CCSD service, stop by the Student Health Center.

There are 2 options for paying the summer fee for care at SHS:
Per visit fee $25.00
OR
Need multiple visits? Pay $60.00 for unlimited visits per summer session.

Need care at CCSD?  One option is available:
$60.00 per session (the per visit fee is not available for CCSD service)

First summer session fees are charged May 14-June 19.
Second summer session fees are charged June 20-July 26.

Once summer classes end, the only option for the fee is $25 per visit from July 29-Aug 16. (CCSD’s services may be limited during this period)

Questions?  Call SHS at (252) 328-6841 or CCSD at (252) 328-6661.

Have a healthy summer!

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Information concerning the Student Health Insurance Plan for 2013-2014

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The 2013-2014 Student Health Insurance Plan will be provided through Student Blue from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC).  The plan is still in the process of finalization and more information should be available by June 1st, 2013.

In the meantime, if you plan to attend ECU in the Fall 2013 semester, students and/or parents can click on the following link to the ECU section of the BCBSNC Student Blue website to sign up for email reminders from Student Blue when new information becomes available:

https://www.bcbsnc.com/content/studentblue/ecu/index.htm?page=welcome

Information concerning insurance updates will also be available on the Student Health Service website. SHS will notify students via their ECU student email address when more information is available, to include waiver/enrollment deadlines, plan rates, benefits, etc.

Students who are currently participating in the 2012-2013 policy can continue to utilize the Chartis Educational Markets/AIG  website for claim information, to find a provider, etc.

Student Health Service
Insurance Department
252-328-6841
studentinsurance@ecu.edu

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The Buckley Form and a Student’s Health Information

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FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974) guarantees certain rights to students.  A couple of these rights are:  the right to inspect and review their educational records, the right to seek to amend their educational records, and the right to limit the disclosure of their educational records.

East Carolina University can only provide confidential information about a student to a third party when the student completes the Buckley Form (accessed from his/her OneStop), and as long as the parent/guardian presents tax information demonstrating the student is claimed as a dependent. The Buckley Form only authorizes ECU to share information related to the student’s academic, judicial, and/or financial records (to a third party).  The Buckley Form does not permit ECU, or specifically Student Health Service, to release any medical or health information about a student/patient.

Similar to FERPA, HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act which protects patient rights regarding personal health information.  Student Health Service’s medical records are completely confidential. In most situations, unless a student provides permission, we cannot disclose any health information to anyone, including parents, friends, or professors. There is a specific medical authorization form that must be completed by the patient in order for Student Health Service to provide health information to a third party.

Students can access the Buckley Form via Logging on to ONESTOP using your Pirate ID and Passphrase.

For more information, please visit, http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/registrar/FERPA.cfm.  If you have any questions specific to the Buckley Form, feel free to contact the ECU Office of the Registrar at 252-328-6747.

For more specific information about HIPAA and Student Health Service, please refer to http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentaffairs/studenthealth/questions.cfm.

To complete an authorization form to use and disclose health information, please refer to http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentaffairs/studenthealth/about_us/forms.cfm.

Also, feel free to contact ECU Student Health Service at 252-328-6841 with any questions.

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Spring Break Schedule

Doctor showing clockSHS hours will vary from normal schedule around the week of Spring Break. 

Saturday/Sunday March 9th & 10th
CLOSED

Monday-Friday March 11th-15th
Appointments for medical care and our pharmacy services will be available 1:30pm-4:00pm. All other services will be available 8:00am-5:00pm with the exception of our lunch closing 12:00pm-1:00pm.

Saturday/Sunday March 16th & 17th
CLOSED

Normal spring semester hours resume Monday March 18th.

Don’t forget:  anytime SHS is closed, you still have access to medical advice.  Call 911 for emergencies, but if you just want to talk to a nurse about an issue, call 328-6841 and stay on the line to be transferred to our free, 24 hr nurse line. You can also find self care information for treating your problem on our self care page, or you can submit a question to gotquestions@ecu.edu.

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What’s the Best Diet for 2013?

It’s the start of the New Year, and your resolution may involve eating healthier or losing weight. Trying to decide on the best diet plan to help you achieve your goals? The U.S. News & World Report recently evaluated and ranked 29 diets with the input of a panel of health experts. The DASH Diet received top honors as the best overall diet. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stopping Hypertension and was designed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to help individuals have better blood pressure control. It emphasizes getting adequate potassium, magnesium, calcium and fiber through lots of plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes) and low-fat dairy. The DASH Diet also promotes overall cardiovascular health, weight loss, and is good for people with diabetes too.

While we often don’t recommend “dieting” this is one diet that is good for you! Check out what other diet plans made the top of the list at http://health.usnews.com/best-diet/best-overall-diets.

Don’t forget to discuss changes in your current diet with your physician or a Registered Dietitian! Student Health has Registered Dietitians that are available to discuss your individual needs. Call 328-6841 to schedule your free appointment!

 

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Insurance deadline is coming soon!!!!

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Have you received an e-mail from us about insurance?  Have you gone online to ‘Waive Out’ or ‘Enroll’ yet?

The deadline is quickly approaching!  January 31st is the very last day to take action on the Student Health Insurance Plan.

Visit our insurance page for more information.

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Winter Holiday Break Hours

Student Health’s hours of operation will vary for the upcoming winter holiday break.

Please note:  student fees do not cover services during University intersession breaks.  Each SHS clinic visit is subject to a $25.00 fee from December 17-January 11.

Sat/Sun, Dec. 15 and 16:  CLOSED
Monday-Friday, Dec. 17-21: Open for patient care 1:30-4pm only.  We are open 8am-5pm for general business (dropping off immunization records, filling out medical releases, etc.)
Saturday-Tuesday, Dec. 22-Jan. 1:  CLOSED
Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 2-4: Open for patient care 1:30-4pm only.  We are open 8am-12noon and 1pm-5pm for general business (dropping off immunization records, filling out medical releases, etc.)  SHS is closed 12pm-1pm each day.
Sat/Sun, Jan. 5 and 6:  CLOSED
Monday-Friday, Jan. 7-11:  Open for patient care 1:30-4pm only.  We are open 8am-12noon and 1pm-5pm for general business (dropping off immunization records, filling out medical releases, etc.)  SHS is closed 12pm-1pm each day.
Sat/Sun, Jan. 12 and 13:  Open 9:00-11:30am for urgent needs only.
Monday, Jan. 14Regular operating hours and appointment schedules resume

Don’t forget:  anytime SHS is closed, you still have access to medical advice.  Call 911 for emergencies, but if you just want to talk to a nurse about an issue, call 328-6841 and stay on the line to be transferred to our free, 24 hr nurse line. You can also find self care information for treating your problem on our webpage, or you can submit a question to gotquestions@ecu.edu

Have a wonderful holiday break, Pirates!!!

 

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Letter from the SHS Director regarding Student Health Insurance for Spring 2013

Please read the following from our Director, regarding the Student Health Insurance Plan:

Dear ECU Student,

Most students are required to have health insurance while they attend East Carolina University.  For 2012-2013, undergraduate students enrolled in six or more on-campus credit hours and graduate students enrolled in three or more on-campus credit hours are required to have insurance.

In order to meet this requirement, you can be enrolled into your parents’ plan (if you are under 26 years of age) or buy your own health insurance.  Otherwise, you must enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan.  Please review information concerning the Affordable Care Act and how it affects young adults under the age of 26 by clicking on the following link: http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2011/03/betterbenefits-young-adults.html

The carrier for the Student Health Insurance Plan has set the premium for 2012-13 at $709.00 for Fall 2012 coverage from August 1 to December 31, 2012 and $709 for Spring/Summer 2013 coverage from January 1 to July 31, 2013.

Students who have their own insurance can waive the $709.00 charge for the Student Health Insurance Plan by going to www.studentinsurance.com/Schools/NC/ECU/. You must be registered for classes before you go online to Enroll or Waive out.  This must be completed by September 15, 2012 for fall semester and by January 31, 2013 for the spring semester, or you will be automatically enrolled in the insurance plan after the deadline, and a charge will remain on your student account.  Remember, this must be done each Fall and Spring semester.

New Students will need to create an account through the student insurance website (www.studentinsurance.com/Schools/NC/ECU/) by clicking “Waive” to waive out of the plan or “Enroll” to enroll in the plan. You will be prompted to create the account using your Banner ID number and ECU email address. As the student creates the account, they can include an alternate email address (usually a parent email address), if they so desire. The alternate email address option is available so that reminders about waiving and/or enrolling each semester can be sent to the parents email address as well as the student.

You can view the online benefits summary explaining the details of the Student Insurance Health Plan coverage at www.studentinsurance.com/Schools/NC/ECU/.  If you have any questions, please contact the Insurance Office at 252-328-6841 between 8:00am – 5:00pm weekdays or by email at studentinsurance@ecu.edu.

We look forward to seeing you in January.

Sincerely,

Jolene Jernigan
Director, Student Health Services

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