Intercollegiate Athletic Insurance Coverage
Intercollegiate Athletic Insurance is provided by Willamette University for the benefit of our student intercollegiate athletes to assist in payment for athletic accidents or related conditions that result in injury. This coverage is offered as an EXCESS OR SECONDARY plan. Under the terms of the policy, the coverage is considered a secondary payer to all other valid and collectable medical insurance policies.
The Intercollegiate Athletic Insurance is comprehensive, but it has standard limitations. It does not cover expenses due to illness or non-athletic-related injuries. Only bills incurred within a period of 104 weeks from the date of the injury are covered. Catastrophic insurance is also provided through the NCAA and must be initiated within the same two year period.
Previously Existing Injury
An injury that occurred prior to the athletes’ participation in or outside of a Willamette University sponsored intercollegiate sport event or practice or without yearly medical clearance through the Willamette University medical screening is considered a pre-existing condition. Though the Sports Medicine Team will provide treatment for a pre-existing injury, the Intercollegiate Athletic Insurance Plan does not provide coverage for these conditions. A medical release from attending physician should be provided to the training staff following treatment.
The student-athlete would be responsible for any expenses incurred while receiving treatment that was not covered by their primary insurance for injuries that occurred outside of a Willamette University sponsored intercollegiate sports event or practice.
Non-Athletic Related Injury
Injuries sustained outside of Willamette University intercollegiate athletics MUST be reported to a Certified Athletic Trainer at the student’s earliest convenience. If the student-athlete chooses to be seen by someone other than the University’s Health Center Medical staff or the Sports Medicine Staff, written documentation regarding the condition must be provided and reviewed prior to return to athletic activity.
The final decision whether a student athlete may participate in any varsity sport activity rests with the University’s Team Physician.