Insurance & Immunization Records
In partnership with Columbia University, Teachers College offers the Columbia Health Fee and the Columbia Student Health Insurance to all registered students enrolled in degree-granting programs. Insurance & Immunization Records manages the enrollment and waiver requests of the Columbia Health Fee and the Columbia Student Health Insurance.
The Columbia Health Fee provides students with many important resources including primary medical care, counseling services, and self-care programs.
Columbia Student Medical Insurance coverage is provided by Aetna Student Health, Inc. and works closely with Columbia Health to provide quality care.
Students meeting the following criteria are automatically enrolled in the Columbia Health Fee and the Gold level of the Columbia Student Health Insurance:
- Students enrolled in a degree-granting program who are registered for 12 or more billable credits; and/or:
- Students enrolled in a degree-granting program and living in the residential halls.
- International Students, regardless of credit status.
Enrollment is on an annual basis and the fees will be applied during fall and spring registration. Students who are enrolled in the fall cannot drop the coverage during the spring semester even if their enrollment drops below 12 billable credits. Please be advised that if you meet the criteria of automatic enrollment, you will be enrolled for the entire year regardless of when your course registration takes place.
There are two levels of the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan: Gold or Platinum. Please review the information concerning these two plans very carefully by looking at the detailed descriptions of the medical plans on the on our website.
The insurance plan is effective beginning August 15, 2016, until August 14, 2017, and must be completed online using the myTC portal by September 30, 2016. A student cannot change their insurance plan level or enroll in insurance after this deadline.
Domestic students who are required to enroll in the Columbia Health Fee and carry the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan may request to waive the Columbia Student Health Insurance with proof of acceptable, comparable medical insurance coverage. The request to waive insurance must be completed online using the myTC Portal by September 30, 2016, and will be valid until August 14, 2017. Please note that insurance waivers must be submitted annually in the Fall. Before submitting a request to waive insurance, confirm that the alternate insurance meets Columbia University’s criteria for comparable coverage which can be found by clicking on the following link: Insurance Waiver Information.
All requests are considered but approval is not guaranteed. If you have not provided sufficient information or if your plan does not meet all of the requirements, you will be contacted by Insurance & Immunization Records. You may be asked to provide additional information or be automatically enrolled in (and charged for) the Gold Level of the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan. Please be mindful that the request to waive is only valid for the insurance premium, not for the Columbia Health fee. Enrollment in the Columbia Health Fee is valid for the entire year and cannot be waived regardless of comparable insurance coverage if you fall under the required participation criteria above. Students who are enrolled in the Columbia Health Fee in the fall can drop enrollment during the spring semester if their registration drops below 12 billable credits and they are not residing in the dorms.
Any registered student enrolled in a degree-granting program may enroll voluntarily in the Columbia Health Fee and the Columbia Student Health Insurance. The enrollment process must be completed online using myTC Portal by September 30, 2016. A student cannot change their insurance plan level after this deadline. Enrollment is on an annual basis and the fees will be applied during fall and spring registration. Enrollment after the deadline is considered only if a student loses other health insurance coverage. Students must contact Insurance & Immunization Records at firstname.lastname@example.org within 30 days of losing their insurance, and provide documentation of coverage termination.
Fall coverage begins for 2016-2017 Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan begins August 15, 2016. New rates and benefits are released over the summer. You can reference the most up-to-date brochures and information on the Columbia University section of the Aetna Student Health website.
One of our efforts to increase information access as well as support the Columbia University Environmental Stewardship plans. As part of these strategies Aetna will no longer automatically mail insurance cards. We are encouraging students to add the Aetna Navigator function to their phone for 24/7 digital access to their insurance cards. Students will also be able to print a copy of their Aetna insurance cards and they can be printed here. Finally students will also have the option to call Aetna Customer Service to request an insurance card be mailed.
Students who enroll in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan may also choose to insure their eligible dependents, which include:
- The student’s lawful spouse or domestic partner residing with the student. (Note: appropriate documentation is required, including a marriage license or form of domestic partnership.)
- The student’s unmarried children, including stepchildren and foster children who are under the age of 26, are not self-supporting, and reside with the student, or for whom the student is court-ordered to provide insurance.
- Newborn or newly adopted children.
- New dependents (e.g., due to marriage, birth, adoption, etc.) may be added to the Policy only within 31 days of their addition to the family.
Students must enroll their dependents and submit acceptable documentation to verify dependent spouse/domestic partner enrollment to Insurance & Immunization Records. Please visit our website for more information and enrollment forms.
Columbia Student Health Insurance includes one cleaning and set of x-rays per plan year at Columbia University Dental Associates, which is operated by Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine.
Columbia Dental Associates Locations
- 1244 Amsterdam Avenue (at 121st Street), New York, NY 10027, (212) 961-1266
- 430 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027, (212) 961-1266
- 100 Haven Avenue, New York, NY 10032, (212) 342-0107 (Note: A $20 copay will be requested at the time of visit.)
Aetna Vision℠ Discount Program
The Aetna Vision discount benefits are available only to students enrolled in the Gold or Platinum levels of the Student Health Insurance Plans.
The Aetna Vision Discount Program offers a discount on optics (prescription and non-prescription), including designer frames and name-brand contact lenses at many nationwide locations. Coverage provides access to discounted prices for many eye care products, including sunglasses, contact lenses, non-prescription sunglasses, contact lens solutions and other eye care accessories. In addition, you can receive up to a 15% discount on LASIK surgery (the laser vision correction procedure). A listing of participating providers is available through the "DocFind©" feature on the Aetna Student Health website.
The Aetna Vision providers closest to Teachers College, Columbia University are:
|Columbia Opticians, Inc.
1246 Amsterdam Avenue (at 121st Street)
|The Spec Shop
2868 Broadway (between 111th and 112th Streets)
Aetna Student Health
The Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan is administered by Aetna Student Health.
There is a Gold and a Platinum level of the plan -- the level of coverage you choose depends on your personal health care needs. The premiums for the plan are assessed on your tuition bill through Student Accounts. Information on health coverage can be found in the detailed description of the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plans. Once enrolled, any additional questions about coverage or claims should be directed to Aetna Student Health at (800) 859-8471.
Insurance & Immunization Records at Teachers College is responsible for collecting measles, mumps and rubella immunization records as well as a meningitis vaccine response. New students for Summer/Fall 2015 must submit Immunization Records before the first day of classes. Students who are moving into the residence halls must have all records complete prior to move in.
Documentation of Immunity to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella: New York State Public Health Law 2165 requires all students born on or after January 1, 1957, and registered for six or more credits to document proof of their immunity to measles, mumps and rubella before their first term of study. Immunity can be documented by providing exact dates of immunization shots (2 MMR or 2 measles, 1 mumps, 1 rubella), or by providing results of positive blood test (titers), or in the case of measles and mumps, by providing dates of physician diagnosis of the disease. For additional methods to show proof of immunity, click here for more information.
Meningococcal Meningitis Decision: New York State Public Health Law 2167 requires that college and university students receive information from their institutions about meningococcal meningitis. The vaccine is not required but the response is mandatory.
Counseling and Psychological Services offers short-term individual counseling, couples counseling for students and their partners, student life support groups, medication consultation, and training and emergency consultation to all undergraduate and graduate students who have paid the Columbia Health Fee. Emergency consultations and crisis intervention are provided to students in acute distress, and psychopharmacological consultations are available as needed. To facilitate a free and open discussion of sensitive matters, Counseling and Psychological Services adhere to strict standards of confidentiality.