Students' health addressed at ULV
November 9, 2001
by Tim Tevault
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Designed to accommodate student health needs, the 2001-2002 Student
Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan is administered by Personal Insurance
Every year, a brochure is issued to undergraduates through Student Accounts,
informing them of the health insurance available to them, in addition to
the brochure and insurance.
"We (the Student Health Center) have medical providers that are
here. We also have over-the-counter medication," said Cindy Denne,
director of student health services and services for students with disabilities,
which oversees the health insurance program.
The insurance is included in tuition. Under the policy, students can
make appointments with the physician, who is available on campus for appointments
from only 9-11 a.m. Fridays.
Several physician assistants and registered nurses are also available
at certain times throughout the week and are able to help students in need
of immediate assistance.
The brochure details the specifics of the coverage.
According to the brochure, traditional undergraduate students are covered
this semester from Aug. 27 through Jan. 31, 2002.
If students have a medical problem, in order to be covered by insurance,
they must first go to the SHC. If the SHC cannot help the students, they
must then get a referral to another medical center.
Exceptions to the referral rule include: medical emergencies, as well
as care needed when the center is closed or when the student is more than
50 miles away from campus.
If a student is seriously injured or sick, the SHC staff will help the
student to an alternate medical center, hospital or emergency room.
However, ULV does not take responsibility for any expenses incurred
in the process.
Certain prescription and over-the-counter drugs are prescribed at the
SHC, free of charge.
Immunizations for tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and tuberculosis
are also available given free of charge to undergraduates and are $5 for
all other ULV personnel.
Denne also said the Resident Assistant staff is aware of the SHC and
knows when to point students in the right direction.
"They (housing staff) have basic information to know when to refer
them to us," she said.
In addition to all of the benefits offered, Denne said the SHC offers
physicals and flu vaccines. The vaccines are by appointment only and are
on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Student Health Center is located at the corner of E street and Second