California Institute of Integral Studies wishes to assist students in reaching their optimum mental, physical, social, and spiritual wellness. The Dean of Students Office offers resources for students, including a CIIS-endorsed student insurance plan.
It is CIIS policy that all international students studying in the U.S. on an F-1 student visa enroll in the CIIS-endorsed health plan and maintain health insurance throughout the duration of their program. International students may waive enrollment in the CIIS-endorsed student insurance plan by providing the International Student Advisor with proof of comparable coverage in English.
All students can find more about the student health insurance (rates, FAQs and more) on MyCIIS (Student Life tab-->Student Health Insurance, log in).
If you have questions after reading through the information, please contact the Student Health Plan Manager at email@example.com.
2013-2014 ACADEMIC YEAR
CIIS will be offering a student plan for the academic year 2013-2014 and all eligible students can opt in during the open enrollment periods and may include their dependents.
The student health insurance plan for the 2013-2014 academic year is currently under negotiations. Each year CIIS assesses the student health plans available to CIIS students and makes a decision in early July. We will update MyCIIS as we learn more throughout the summer. Students will be able to opt into an insurance plan starting from August 1, 2013.
Annual: August 1, 2013- July 31, 2014
Fall Semester: August 1, 2013- December 31, 2013
Spring/Summer Semester: January 1, 2014- July 31, 2014
Open Enrollment Period:
Fall Semester: July 15-September 15, 2013
Spring Semester: December 1- February 1, 2014
Enrollment will be online at a UHC-CIIS co-branded website. Payment is made directly to the health insurance company and not to CIIS.
ADDITIONAL HEALTH CARE RESOURCES
Students with or without insurance can access many other health services available in the Bay Area for free or sliding scale. Please review a partial list of clinics and services below. Additionally, if the CIIS-endorsed plan doesn't meet you needs, please review a short list of other health insurance options below.
If you are a member of the CIIS-endorsed student health plan you may still be eligible for some of these services.
Healthy San Francisco
201 Third St., 7th Floor, San Francisco
Healthy San Francisco is an innovative program designed to enable and encourage residents to access primary and preventive care making health care services accessible and affordable to uninsured San Francisco residents.
Berkeley Free Clinic
2339 Durant St., Berkeley
(510) 548-2570 or 800-6-CLINIC (625-4642)
Provides general medical support, peer counseling, a men's STD clinic, and HIV testing. It is the only free clinic in the area that provides dental services.
Haight Ashbury Free Clinic
558 Clayton St., San Francisco
A free medical clinic open to the public. There is no charge for general services, but a small donation is the usual form of payment ($5-$20). The clinic is also an excellent source of information about medical facilities and professionals in the area and it will refer you to a doctor if the clinic does not have the proper facilities to treat you. You must make an appointment.
Various locations around the Bay Area.
Planned Parenthood is America's most trusted provider of reproductive health care for men and women.
San Francisco Free Clinic
4900 California St., San Francisco
Offers free primary care, preventative care, pediatrics and family-planning exclusively to the uninsured. By appointment only.
The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Drop-In Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Ground Floor, San Francisco
Be sure to check the costs and eligibility of coverage using your health insurance at the UCSF Drop-In Clinic. They may have sliding scale rates.
Tom Waddell Health Center
50 Ivy St., San Francisco
Part of SF General Hospital, the Tome Waddell Health Center offers general medical care and specialized services on a sliding scale. Services provided include HIV, transgender, and women's clinics, and extensive counseling services.
Websites for Individual/Family Insurance Plans
If the CIIS-endorsed plan through Kaiser doesn't meet your needs or you are not eligible to enroll, try searching the following websites for individual insurance for students or recent graduates:
You may wish to call the CIIS contact at Intercare Solutions for a reference to speak with an Individual Healthcare Specialist for free. You can speak in person about your specific needs for a health plan--they'll help you find the best one for you.
Intercare Solutions representative: (858) 373-6933
Complementary Health Care
The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM)
450 Connecticut St., San Francisco
Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic located in the Potrero Hill neighborhood.
ACTCM offers special sliding-scale rates to CIIS students for acupuncture and herbs.
Quan Yin Healing Arts Center
455 Valencia St., San Francisco
Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic and community center. Offers sliding scales for a variety of treatments, ranging from stress to chronic illnesses, and a stop-smoking clinic. Appointments are recommended.
One Medical Group
Various Locations in San Francisco
A new approach to primary care, One Medical Group is accessible to people with or without insurance. Friendly, easy to deal with, holistic and transparent about their pricing.
Dental and Vision Care
University of the Pacific School of Dentistry Clinic
2155 Webster St., San Francisco
Faculty members partner with students to provide low-cost dental care.
Affordable plan with a schedule of co-payments (pre-set fees) for most dental procedures. Co-payments are the amount you pay your selected SafeGuard general dentist for each procedure.
The Dean of Students Office maintains a list of therapists in the Bay Area who offer their services to students at special rates. You are welcome to stop in at the Dean of Students Office in Room 401 at the Mission Street Building to peruse this reference material.
University of San Francisco (USF)
Gillson Hall, lower level
2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco
JFK University Center for Holistic Counseling
2501 Harrison Street, Oakland
TDD: (415) 252-8376
Fox Plaza, 103 Hayes Street (near Market St.), San Francisco
110 Gough Street, Suite 301 (near Page St.), San Francisco
470 Castro Street, Suite 200, San Francisco 94114