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185 Birch Street, Willimantic, CT 06226
Phone: (860) 465-5263 / Fax: (860) 465-4560
WHO WORKS AT HEALTH SERVICES?
Professional staff includes a full-time male physician, a registered nurse, and two female nurse practitioners. Please notify the Administrative Assistant if you prefer a certain provider while you are making your appointment. A student's medical information is kept strictly confidential and will not be released under any circumstances, without the written consent of the student.
Joseph V. Breton, M.D., Medical Director
Maria Brennan, A.P.R.N., Nurse Practitioner
Christine Walley, R.N.
Erin Berube, Administrative Assistant
WHERE IS THE HEALTH SERVICES OFFICE?
Student Health Services is located on campus behind the Science Building and next to the High-Rise Windham Street Apartments:
165 Birch Street, Willimantic, CT, 06226
Phone: (860) 465-5263 / Fax (860) 465-4560
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE VISIT AND TESTING?
Visits are free and are not submitted to your health insurance plan. We offer a limited number of prescription medications and minor diagnostic testing, both for a fee. If diagnostic testing is not available at Student Health Services (Cat Scans, MRI, etc.) then your health insurance will be billed.
WHAT ARE STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES HOURS?
We see students by appointment only and all students will be seen at the Student Health Services office only. We do not go to the dorms for visits. Office Hours:
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
WHAT TO DO WHEN HEALTH SERVICES IS CLOSED?
EMERGENCIES: CALL 911 or Windham Hospital Emergency Department (860-456-6715) located at 112 Mansfield Avenue in Willimantic.
All of this information is available on our Website https://www.easternct.edu/health-services/index.html, click on the "After hours Care" link, or call our main telephone number, 860-465-5263 then select the option or After hours Care.
Med-East Walk-In Center (open M-F 8 am - 6:45 pm, and 10 am - 2:45 pm on weekends), located about 1.5 miles from campus at Gateway Commons in Willimantic, CT. (860-456-1252)
Med-East and UCONN both accept most insurance plans including the sickness insurance policy offered by Eastern.
WHAT HEALTH FORMS AND VACCINES DO I NEED TO GET BEFORE STARTING SCHOOL?
Please submit the completed HEALTH FORM as soon as possible but no later than the first week of August for the fall semester and no later than the first week in January for the spring semester. Students who fail to meet these requirements will not be allowed to register for upcoming semesters.
All incoming full-time students must complete the University's health requirements before starting classes. They include your immunization history, and a Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment questionnaire. These requirements are found on the CSU Health Services Form at the following link: https://www.easternct.edu/health-services/_documents/CSU-Health-form-final-update-8-2015.pdf.
Connecticut state law requires that all full-time, part-time, and graduate students born after 1956 show proof of:
Two doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella [G. Measle]) immunizations.
Students born after January 1st, 1980, must show proof of:
Immunity to Varicella (chickenpox) with either two doses of the Varicella vaccine or a note from your doctor certifying that you had chickenpox disease and the date you had it.
Also, all new students must complete a Tuberculosis screening questionnaire. If you answer YES to any of the TB questions, you will need a TB skin test or TB blood test. If positive, you will need a chest X-ray within twelve months of starting school.
For students living on campus immunization for Meningitis A (not B) within 5 years of starting at Eastern is required by Connecticut state law before moving into a residence hall.
We recommend all incoming first-year students, residential or commuter, receive the meningitis vaccine. We strongly recommend the three-dose hepatitis B vaccine series, as well, if it has not already been completed. Also, you can find both the full time and part time health forms on our website at http://www.easternct.edu/health-services/forms.html. Click on the "forms" link on our home page, then on the link to the specific form you need.
ATHLETICS: All students who intend to play sports at Eastern must undergo a specific athletic pre-participation evaluation (PPE) and a copy of that evaluation must be on file at the Athletic Department before trying out for, or participating in, varsity intercollegiate athletics or club sports. (At Eastern, club sports include rugby, ice hockey, cheerleading, and football, among others.) If you plan to try out or participate, or even if you are just thinking about doing so, we ask you to get this evaluation done by your primary care provider at home.
Please download and print the PPE form at: https://www.easternct.edu/health-services/_documents/PPE-outside-form-1-2015-3.pdf. Answer the questions on it, and then bring it with you to your doctor's appointment. To participate in athletics at Eastern, this specific form must be entirely completed IN ADDITION TO the CSU Health Service Form above. No exceptions will be made.
HEALTH INSURANCE Information
IMPORTANT NOTICE: As of FALL 2017, students no longer are required to have health insurance to attend Eastern. Also, the University no longer sponsors a student health insurance plan to students. All of this means students no longer have to complete an online insurance wavier form. Despite these changes, the Student Health Services Office not only strongly recommends, but URGES all students (full time, part time, and graduate) to have adequate health insurance coverage. Even though services in our office are free or have minimal cost, if you don't have adequate health insurance, access to off-campus care could be limited, your health could be affected, and you and your family could end up with some extremely costly medical bills and serious financial difficulties should you suffer a serious illness, require surgery, or suffer a serious accident. Also, please be sure you have your current health insurance information with you here at school (health insurance card, photo of it on your phone, or other documentation with the name of insurance, policy number, policy holder, and the insurance company's claims address.) We will be asking you for this information when you call or come in for an appointment.
For students who need insurance: You have several options: You can purchase a plan at the Aetna website directly from Aetna rather than through Eastern. (Check our website for the cost of this plan.) You also can go to the Access Health CT website to find out what insurance options are available in the Connecticut insurance exchange marketplace; or you can call 1-855-354-2428. Through the Access Health CT enrollment portal or contact center, you can find out if you are eligible for either no-cost coverage under Medicaid (enrollment in Medicaid is open year-round), or for tax credits for private insurance plans on the exchange. For students who are not Connecticut residents, you can look for insurance options at Healthcare.gov.
Accident insurance: Please note that all full-time students at Eastern, regardless of what health insurance they have, will continue to be automatically covered, throughout the 12 month-year, under an ACCIDENT INSURANCE policy. The cost of this accident policy, which covers accidents both on and off campus, is included in the general University fee each full-time student pays. This accident policy is an excess or secondary policy meaning the insurance plan will pay only accident-related costs that are not covered by a student's other (primary) health insurance policy.
Article ID: 273
Last updated: 22 Aug, 2023