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Columbia Doctors Dentistry and Optional Dental Benefits for Students

What's New in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan

About Columbia Doctors Dentistry

Columbia Doctors Dentistry offers:

- Care provided by faculty and fellows of Columbia’s College of Dental Medicine
- Convenient locations near the Morningside and Health Science campuses
- Comprehensive care including all specialty services
- No claim forms to complete
- No requirement to choose a primary care dentist

Coverage: 

The enrollment period begins August 1 and continues through September 30. All memberships terminate July 31 regardless of the date of enrollment.

Pricing:

Pricing differs by procedure and by the physician (general dentist or specialist) performing the procedure.  For the most up-to-date information, please contact Columbia Doctors Dentistry directly by email at ColumbiaStudentDentalPlan@cumc.columbia.edu or by telephone (212) 305-3488. 

Locations for dental care are:              

Morningside Heights                 430 West 116th Street

1244 Amsterdam Avenue         New York, NY 10027

New York, NY 10027                (212) 662-4887
(212) 865-8467

 

Vanderbilt Clinic

622 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305-6100

 

Midtown Practice

51 West 51st Street, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10019

(212) 326-8520

 

Medical Campus

100 Haven Avenue

Ground Floor

New York, NY 10032

(212) 342-0107

Dental Benefits: For Students Enrolled in the Columbia Student Health Plan

Students enrolled in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan—whether at the Gold or Platinum levels—have access to covered preventive dental services and specially discounted rates for other dental needs through Columbia Doctors Dentistry.

The Gold level includes:

  • One routine examination per plan year
  • X-rays as needed and with the routine examination
  • One dental cleaning (prophylaxis) per plan year
  • Evaluation of emergency dental conditions and emergency pain relief
  • A $20 copay per visit
  • A 10% discount off self-pay fees and on additional services

The Platinum level includes:

  • One routine examination per plan year
  • X-rays as needed and with the routine examination
  • One dental cleaning (prophylaxis) per plan year
  • Evaluation of emergency dental conditions and emergency pain relief
  • A $10 copay per visit
  • A 25% discount off self-pay fees and on additional services

These dental benefits are operated by the Columbia Doctors Dentistry and are not underwritten by Aetna or administered by Aetna Student Health.

Dental Benefits: For Students Not Enrolled in the Columbia Student Health Plan

Students not enrolled in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan may enroll in the Dental Plan offered by Columbia Doctors Dentistry for $180 per plan year. The Columbia Student Dental Plan includes:

  • Two routine examinations per plan year
  • X-rays as needed and with the routine examinations
  • Two dental cleanings (prophylaxis) per plan year
  • Evaluation of emergency dental conditions and emergency pain relief
  • No copay for preventive visit
  • A 25% discount on additional services

These dental benefits are operated by the Columbia Doctors Dentistry and are not underwritten by Aetna or administered by Aetna Student Health

Enrolling in the Columbia Doctors Dentistry Dental Benefits Plan

If you are interested in enrolling into one of the Dental Benefits Plans, you must complete the Columbia Student Dental Plan Membership form.  Columbia Student Dental Plans enrollment period begins August 1 and continues through September 30 annually.  All memberships, regardless of enrollment date, terminate July 31.  

 You can also request a copy of the membership form by emailing our office at health-immunization@tc.columbia.edu.  Once complete, the form should be mailed to: 

The Columbia Student Dental Plan

630 W. 168th Street, P&S Box 20

New York, NY 10032

 

Questions concerning the Columbia Student Dental Plan can be directed to Columbia Student Dental: 

EmailColumbiaStudentDentalPlan@cumc.columbia.edu or Phone: 212-305-3488

Aetna Dental PPO & Savings Plan Information

Due to an administrative issue by Aetna, the voluntary Dental PPO plan was withdrawn on August 28, 2017 and is not currently available.  An updated plan is expected to become available during the fall 2017 semester.  If you had already signed up, you have or will be be receiving a call and a mailing from Aetna regarding your options and coverage.  You can also call Aetna on (800) 859-8471.

Once the Dental PPO plan is available, enrollment with a pro-rated premium will be open to Columbia University students within 3 business days.  Information on the plan will be posted here and previously enrolled students will also receive an email.

In the interim Aetna is offering the Vital Savings by Aetna discount plan for purchase to all Columbia students.  Learn more and enroll on the Aetna website.

All enrollees for this discount plan will have the option to either retain the discount plan or purchase the Dental PPO plan when it becomes available.  If you purchase both, the Vital Savings by Aetna® discount plan premium will be refunded.  Students will receive an email to the address used to enroll.  To request a refund you may also call Aetna Student Health Customer Service on (800) 859-8471.