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The Student Services Fee is only effective for care at Boynton Health Service if a student has active health plan coverage. The Student Services Fee only applies to health care visits at Boynton Health Service. The Student Services Fee is not health insurance and does not apply to visits at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, Hennepin County Medical Center, or any other facility. Check with your health plan regarding coverage for care provided at another location. The Student Services Fee is in effect the following dates for the 2013-2014 academic year:
Students who are assessed the Student Services Fee and have health plan coverage will receive most services at Boynton Health Service subsidized after their insurance has been billed and their insurance responds to the claims. If a Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account payment is received as part of the health plan remittance, payment is retained. Students enrolled in the University-sponsored Graduate Assistant Health Plan may incur a copayment for these services. Boynton Health Service accepts payment from your health plan as payment in full for the following services:
Students who have paid the Student Services Fee and have active health plan coverage receive the following services at Boynton Health Service with copayments or at reduced cost after the bill has been processed by your health plan.
By requiring students to have health plan coverage, the University ensures that all students have access to medical care and can maintain good health, which is essential for academic success.
All students who are 1) admitted to a degree program, and 2) registered for six or more credits per semester (or three or more credits during summer term) that count towards the automatic assessment of the Student Services Fee, are required by the University of Minnesota to have health plan coverage. Students who meet both of these criteria are automatically enrolled in the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan. Students may choose to waive the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan by providing proof of enrollment in an alternative Eligible Health Plan.
The University also requires all international students and their dependents to purchase the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan unless they are eligible for a waiver. International scholars visiting the University for more than 31 days are also required to enroll in the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan. Scholars who will be at the University for 31 days or less may choose not to enroll in the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan, but are required to carry their own health plan coverage for the duration of their visit to the University (must meet J-1 U.S. Federal regulation requirements).
All Academic Health Center students are automatically enrolled in a separate University-sponsored plan called the AHC Student Health Benefit Plan (also administered by the Office of Student Health Benefits) unless they are eligible for a waiver.
Students must have active health plan coverage to be seen at Boynton Health Service. After a visit, Boynton Health Service will bill your health plan. Once Boynton receives payment and/or an explanation of benefits from your health plan, any balance remaining will be offset by the Student Services Fee (for those students who pay the Student Services Fee at the beginning of the term) except for the following exclusions: physical with forms (V70.3), vaccinations, medical supplies, injections, and prescriptions. Any charges not covered by the Student Services Fee will be the patient’s responsibility.
Check with your health plan about prescription coverage. If a prescription is written for a medication on your health plan's formulary, you will be charged the copayment designated by your plan. Students enrolled in a University-sponsored health plan should consult the Boynton Health Service Pharmacy to determine which prescriptions are covered by their particular plan.
Boynton Health Service participates with all UPlan health plans. UPlan members enrolled in HealthPartners or Medica coverage have the option to choose Boynton as their primary care clinic. Boynton works closely with the Office of Human Resources' Wellness Program to offer special programs for UPlan members. Health Coaching and Health Screening are no cost to UPlan members, and Gopher Quick Clinic is open to UPlan members for just a $15 copayment per visit.