Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)
Los Angeles Pierce College (LAPC) or the "college" F-1 Visa International Students are insured through a Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) mandated policy offered by Gallagher Insurance, +1(833) 818-7090.
The Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is designed to cover most medical expenses in case of accident and/or illness. Certain exceptions may apply. Coverage periods for Fall/Winter semesters are Aug. 15-Jan. 31, and for Spring/Summer semesters, Feb. 1-Aug. 14. An insurance representative provides information about coverage during the mandatory orientation for new international students.
The cost for a 6-month period of coverage is US$760. Costs are subject to change. Students are automatically billed for health insurance upon enrollment every Fall and Spring semester, payable to the college. Purchasing this plan is for your protection since healthcare in the U.S. can be very costly without insurance. There are no waivers for the LACCD insurance policy (LACCD Board Rule 2309.30). Even if you have another form of health insurance, you will still be required to purchase college-issued medical insurance.
Once international student registration is verified by the College District, the student can download the Sydney Health app to obtain insurance membership card.
Insurance Mobile App & Insurance Member ID Card
Student can download the Sydney Health app through Google Play or the App Store. To view an interactive demonstration of the app click Sydney Demonstration. Demonstration must be used with Google Chrome.
Sydney Health App Features
With the Sydney Health app through Anthem Student Advantage, you have instant access to:
- Your member ID card
- The Find a Doctor tool
- More information about your plan benefits
- Health tips that are tailored to you
- Live Health Online and 24/7 Nurse line
- Student support specialists
About your Policy
- Spring semester coverage: February 1-August 14, 2021
- Fall semester coverage: August 15-January 31, 2021
Your medical provider is Anthem Blue Cross.
You can view your benefits and plan information on the Gallagher website. Gallagher is your insurance broker.
Understanding Health Insurance in the U.S.
The health care system in the U.S. is quite different than in most other countries. Please watch these useful videos for more information about how to use health care.
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