Incoming Student Letter
I want to congratulate and welcome you to the Mount Holyoke community. As you are preparing to come to campus, there are several health related topics that I want to bring to your attention.
Pre-entrance Health Requirements
All incoming students must complete these requirements prior to arrival on campus. Please see reverse side of this letter for the requirements.
College Health Services
Student Medical Insurance
Massachusetts Law requires all Students taking nine (9) credits or more either demonstrate proof of comparable health insurance coverage or purchase a Massachusetts Student Health Insurance Plan through their institution of Higher Education. In order to assure that All Mount Holyoke College Students are properly insured to meet the State Law, all students are initially charged on their Student account for the cost of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan. It is then your choice whether to enroll in this insurance plan or waive the insurance and remain on your family or individual plan.
Mount Holyoke College staff will review all waivers during the waiver process. Students who have completed a waiver with an insurance plan that does not meet the definitions of Massachusetts Student Health Insurance Requirements will be rebilled for the Student Medical Insurance Plan.
Mount Holyoke offers a Student Injury and Illness Medical Insurance Plan, which is effective August 15, 2013 through August 14, 2014. Details regarding cost and benefits will be available on the Gallagher Koster website after July 1, 2013. Additional information was mailed with your incoming Student Packet. A description of the charge will come by email from Student Financial Services with your July Bill.
Medical Clearance for Participation in Varsity or Club Sports
All sports participates must have had a complete physical exam within six months of the start of practice and meet all pre-entrance health requirements. Varsity and Club Athletes must also complete the Sickle Cell Trait Form. Your current medical provider should do the physical exam. Please read the medical history and physical exam carefully and have all forms signed and appropriately dated. If you have questions or concerns with planning for your health needs, please do not hesitate to email the Health Center or phone 413-538-2089.
Karen B. Engell RNC, MS, NP
Director of College Health Services