Students who are enrolled in Kaiser Permanente medical insurance plans are eligible to waive the WU Student Health Insurance Plan.

Please contact Kaiser Permanente Member Services to verify eligibility in Oregon. Students are also eligible to receive services at Bishop Wellness Center at Willamette just as any student enrolled half time or more.

Generally, Kaiser will not pay for covered expenses (office visit, medicine prescriptions and diagnostic testing such as labs, x-rays, CT scans, etc.) unless they are ordered by a medical provider within their system. This may be an important consideration when you need medical care. If you are unsure about whether the evaluation of your problem might result in charges, talk with the staff at Bishop Wellness Center when scheduling or during your appointment. Some students may choose to go directly to Kaiser Permanente, and some may choose to be seen at Bishop Wellness Center and pay “out of pocket” for any incidental charges incurred here. We do not charge an office visit fee to be seen by our staff but do charge for medications, lab work and supplies.

The Kaiser Permanente Advice Nurse is also another option. Call 800-813-2000 to speak to an advice nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To schedule an appointment or select a primary care provider, please call Membership Services at 800-813-2000. 

For further information about Kaiser Permanente go to their website.

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents 

Criteria for waiving the health insurance requirement (2023-2024 Academic Year):

  • Do you have current active coverage, agree to maintain this coverage throughout the 2023-2024 academic year, and agree to notify the Bishop Student Insurance Office if your insurance terminates for any reason?
  • I understand that by waiving the Willamette Student Health Insurance Plan, I can still obtain services at Bishop Wellness Center.
  • Does your plan provide inpatient and outpatient medical care in Oregon?

If you are enrolled in a HMO plan that does not meet this requirement you will be asked to formally acknowledge that you understand you may have to return home for uncovered services.

*Note: If you are considering the waiver option because you have other coverage, review the details of your other coverage carefully to make sure all your health care needs will be met throughout the year.

Willamette University

Student Insurance

Baxter Hall
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6972 voice
503-375-5420 fax

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