Except for visits to a hospital emergency room or an urgent care facility, a referral from an on-campus Medical Services or Counseling and Psychological Services provider is required in order for you to utilize the off-campus benefits available under the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan. Providers at Columbia Health Medical Services and Counseling and Psychological services provide referrals after evaluation and treatment on campus has been completed and as the need for outside services is clinically indicated. You do not need separate referrals each time you see the same provider for an ongoing condition.
Referrals for medical conditions will terminate on the last day of each plan year (see the "Period of Coverage and Health Fees" page for dates). We recommend scheduling an appointment with your Columbia Health Medical Services to determine if a referral for continued treatment is indicated. Referrals for mental health conditions for off-campus counseling and psychiatric services are valid as long as you remain continuously insured by the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan.
A referral is NOT required under the following conditions, though your Columbia Health Medical Services provider can assist you in finding appropriate services:
Effective September 1, 2014 a referral from an on-campus Medical Services provider is required for spouse/domestic partners enrolled in the Columbia Plan in order to utilize the off-campus medical benefits available under the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan. Referrals for off-campus mental health services are not required.