Student Wellness

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Summer Services

Dear Students,

Summer Wellness Services for Returning and Graduating Students:

Those students involved in University-sanctioned or sponsored summer activities (athletics, summer courses, internships, research, summer housing, etc.) will have access to services at the Wellness Units (Center for Health and Wellness Promotion, Counseling Center, Disability Services and Student Health Center) over the summer.

Returning students not enrolled in university-sanctioned or sponsored activities during the summer, but who are otherwise registered to attend classes in the fall of the upcoming academic year can contact any of the Wellness Units if in need of guidance or referrals to the community.

Returning Students Enrolled in the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan:

Students who are currently enrolled in student health insurance plan and are covered through this academic year, can seek a referral from a clinician in the Student Health Center if they are in need of access to providers in the community and want to have their deductibles waived. For summer hours of operation please visit

Returning students who are currently enrolled in USD’s plan and are planning to renew their health insurance for the next academic year, are encouraged to actively enroll to ensure no lapse in coverage. 

To Our Graduating Students:

Congratulations! As you complete your studies here at USD, have you thought much about health insurance? After graduation, you are no longer eligible to receive health and wellness services from the Wellness Units on campus. Health care benefits for the uninsured can cause financial hardships. Protect yourself and your family with affordable short-term plans. Below are options available to both graduating students currently covered under the University plan and those covered through different insurance.

  • If you are currently enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan, you will be covered under the plan through August 14, 2015.

Below are coverage options available to graduating students who are currently covered under the USD plan or a comparable plan that is scheduled to expire:

  1. For those under age 26, you may qualify to enroll as a dependent on the health insurance held by a parent.
  2. Individual coverage through your state insurance marketplace
  3. Individual health insurance plans available on the open market (outside of the official state marketplace)
  • Coverage is available for individual enrollment through the insurance marketplace in the state in which you are a permanent resident during the Open Enrollment period
    • Losing insurance from another source like Student Health Insurance will qualifies a special enrollment period (applicable during non-Open Enrollment times)
  • Visit and complete the questionnaire to view plans that you may qualify for.
  • Depending on your household income, you may also qualify for a subsidy for coverage purchased through your state marketplace.

As you consider your options, please keep in mind the following:

  • PREMIUM: While many plans offer “cheaper” premiums, look at the deductibles, copays, and coinsurance as lower premiums frequently result in higher out-of-pocket costs and limited networks.  Before making your decision, consider your entire potential out-of-pocket cost to determine the best value for your individual needs.
  • NETWORK: Does the network for the Plan extend to your region? Are the doctors you already see considered in-network? 
  • DEDUCTIBLE (the amount you must pay before insurance coverage begins): Is this an amount you are prepared to pay before coverage can be accessed?
  • COINSURANCE (the amount insurance pays after the deductible is met):  Be aware of this coverage as you are responsible for the amount after coinsurance is applied. So if your plan has 70% coinsurance, you would be responsible for the remaining 30%.
  • COPAYS: What is your copay for a doctor’s office visit? Specialist visit? ER Visit? Prescription Medications?


We wish you the best as you complete your studies and congratulations!