Health Insurance Information
Frequently Asked Questions
What health insurance coverage does the College provide during my overseas program?
Undergraduate students traveling abroad on overseas programs sponsored by Lewis & Clark are automatically enrolled in two insurance programs: the comprehensive Student Health Insurance and a supplemental travel insurance policy. Students studying on domestic off-campus programs are only enrolled in the comprehensive student health insurance program, and are not enrolled in supplemental travel insurance.
Comprehensive Student Health Insurance: All students participating on overseas programs, both abroad and domestic, are automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance program. Similar to a regular semester on-campus, students participating in overseas programs may waive enrollment in the student health insurance program if they have other comprehensive health insurance (e.g., through a parent, guardian or employer) that 1) provides coverage for them in the geographic region in which they will be studying and 2) includes mental health benefits.
Supplemental Travel Insurance: All students traveling abroad are also enrolled in a supplemental travel insurance policy offered by iNext and underwritten by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. This travel insurance policy is not provided to students on domestic off-campus programs. The iNext policy contains some limited health benefits, and is designed to be supplemental to other comprehensive health insurance. It includes benefits for emergency sickness and emergency accident medical expenses up to $500,000, and also includes a variety of other coverages. More information about benefits of the policy are listed below, under “What are the specific benefits of my travel insurance?” We encourage all students (and their families) to be familiar with the specific benefits of the supplemental travel insurance policy prior to departure
The premium for the comprehensive student health insurance plan is NOT included in your fees for your overseas program. However, for students traveling outside the United States, the cost of the iNext supplemental travel insurance policy (or comparable coverage) fee is included in your overseas program fees.
Information about the Comprehensive Student Health Insurance program
Do I really need other health insurance beyond the travel insurance policy?
Yes. The travel health insurance policy referenced above is designed to be supplemental to a traditional, comprehensive health insurance policy. All program participants must show evidence of enrollment in a comprehensive health insurance policy prior to their departure for their program, and must maintain their enrollment in such a policy for the duration of the program.
How do I waive enrollment in the College’s comprehensive student health insurance policy if I have other acceptable coverage?
Students who have comparable coverage to the comprehensive student health insurance plan and wish to waive out of the student health insurance may submit an online waiver. More information on what qualifies as comparable insurance and how to submit a waiver can be found on the Student Health Insurance website: https://www.lclark.edu/offices/student_health_services/insurance/
Students who are participating on an overseas program are granted two opportunities in the academic year of their program to complete a student health insurance waiver. The fall semester student health insurance waiver period opens in mid-July and closes in early September, while the spring student health insurance waiver period opens in mid-December and closes by about the 1st of February.
At the beginning of my next semester AFTER I finish my overseas program, will I automatically be enrolled in the College’s Student Health Insurance plan? What if I don’t want that?
All Lewis & Clark undergraduate students—both those studying in Portland and those participating in overseas programs— are automatically enrolled in and billed for the College’s student health insurance program for the full year, starting in the fall semester, unless they waive their enrollment in that program. However, students returning from study abroad have a limited period of time during their next semester back on campus when they can either waive out or opt into enrollment in the College’s Student Health program. See the Student Health Insurance website for more information about waiving out of health insurance as a student studying in Portland.
For more information about the comprehensive student health insurance program, please visit the website for that program.
Information about Supplemental Travel Insurance
How am I enrolled in iNext coverage?
Lewis & Clark will automatically enroll you in the basic travel insurance policy before you go abroad. You will receive a welcome letter confirming enrollment and will receive a username, password and personal policy number. You can then go to the iNext website and login with these credentials. This will allow you to upload a photograph and put in a mailing address if you would like to receive a card. You can access your plan online without the physical card.
When does my travel insurance take effect? When does it end?
All coverage (except trip cancellation) takes effect at 12:01 a.m. local time at the location of the Insured, on the latter of the scheduled departure date, or upon the student’s departure from the U.S.A. Please be aware that this means that students will generally have no health benefits through the travel insurance policy prior to their departure for their program.
Coverage ends at 11:59 p.m. local time on the scheduled return date for the program.
What are the specific benefits of my travel insurance?
Your travel insurance includes benefits for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, accidental death & dismemberment, emergency sickness, emergency accident, emergency evacuation, repatriation of remains, baggage/personal effects, and baggage delay. Emergency treatment means necessary medical treatment, including services and supplies, which must be performed during the program due to the serious and acute nature of the sickness or injury. We recommend that all students (and their families) review the policy prior to departure to assure a thorough understanding of benefits and limitations.
What are some of the key exclusions of my travel coverage?
Exclusions include losses associated with:
- Pre-existing conditions (see the policy for the definition of a pre-existing condition).
- Participation in bodily contact sports; skydiving; hang-gliding; parachuting; mountaineering; any race; bungee cord jumping; speed contests; scuba diving; spelunking or caving; heli-skiing; and extreme skiing/snowboarding.
- Dental treatment, except as a result of an injury to sound natural teeth, in which case benefit is limited to $750.
- Injury or sickness when you are traveling against the advice of a physician.
- Care received in the United States (for example, if you must temporarily return from your program for any reason).
Emergency accident and sickness benefits are capped at $500,000.
Note that this is not a full listing of exclusions. For that listing, see the policy document.
What happens if I want to stay abroad and travel after my program?
You may extend the benefits of your travel health insurance to support your post-program travel. You should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to determine the cost of such an extension. Once you are enrolled in your policy, you can login to extend the coverage up to 30 days beyond the program dates. Students should never engage in post-program travel without adequate health insurance in place.
What if I need to return unexpectedly to the US during my program?
Under this circumstance, your travel insurance benefits would not apply during the time you are in the United States.
Who can I contact for more information about my insurance options while studying abroad or after my return?
For more information about your insurance options while studying abroad, contact the Overseas Programs office. For more information about your insurance options after you return to study in Portland, contact Laura Mundt at email@example.com.