Michigan State Students and Graduate Assistants: A Plan to Keep You Healthy


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Attention all Spartans: Open enrollment is underway for students and graduate assistants at Michigan State University for Blue Care Network health care coverage. This means access to hospitals, physicians and health professionals within an extensive HMO network across Michigan. Under the plan, you’ll be covered for primary and specialty care, certain medical items and lab services, prescribed medications, behavioral health care and more. When Do I Enroll? The fall enrollment period is currently underway until Sept. 30, 2017. Coverage will begin Aug. 15, 2017 for those who participate during this enrollment period. Coverage plans are available for a variety of dates, whether you’re enrolled at MSU for four years or just a quarter. You can review the member guides for the different plans on bcbsm.com/msu for additional enrollment periods and more information. Note: Dependents can’t be enrolled in this plan beyond the coverage period. Who’s Eligible? If you fall in one of the categories below, you’re eligible for the Michigan State University Student Health Plan:
  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate students enrolled in a degree program or completing certification
  • College of Law students
  • Registered international students
  • Medical students
  • Visiting scholars (including visiting research associates and adjunct professors)
  • Fellowship students
  • Lifelong Education students
  • English Language Program students
  • Students completing optional practical training
  • Eligible dependents of students enrolled in the plan (spouse or domestic partner and children or stepchildren)
If you’re a graduate assistant, you’re eligible for the Michigan State University Graduate Assistant Health Plan. MSU pays the premium for your plan and provides a stipend toward one or more dependents. For more information on eligibility you can visit bcbsm.com/msu and download the appropriate member guide. Coverage that Travels If you travel outside of Michigan: Blue Care Network provides routine, emergency, urgent and follow‑up care through BlueCard®, a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association program that lets members receive care anywhere in the United States where a Blue plan is offered. For more information, call BlueCard at 1‑800‑810‑BLUE (2583). If you travel outside of the United States: Your BCN plan provides full medical coverage while traveling abroad through the Blue Cross Blue Shield Global Core program. You also have GeoBlue, which provides worldwide medical evacuation and repatriation coverage. You may be required to pay out‑of‑pocket for services and seek reimbursement upon returning to the country. Proof of payment, itemized bills and any relevant documentation, including medical records, are required. For more information, call:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Global Core Service Center at 800-810-2583 or collect at 804-673-1177; bcbsglobalcore.com
  • GeoBlue Global Health and Safety Team at 800-257-4823 inside the U.S. or collect at 610-254-8771; globalhealth@geo-blue.com
If you have questions for a Blue Care Network customer service representative, call 800-662-6667. For the website and more enrollment information, please visit http://www.bcbsm.com/msu. If you liked this post, you might also be interested in:
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