Yale Health

Frequently Asked Questions

I am an eligible student and I waived coverage, can I still use services at Yale Health?

Yes. If you waive Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care coverage you still have Basic Coverage.  Please refer to the Student Guide to Yale Health for additional coverage information.

What is the deadline for students to waive portions of the Yale Health coverage?

September 15th for full-year or the fall term
January 31st for the spring term

How do I submit my student waiver for Hospitalization/Specialty Care coverage?

Complete the online form.

Can I waive Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care Coverage with Medicaid as my alternate insurance?

Yes. However, Yale Health clinicians will be unable to write prescriptions for you and any specialty services received at the Yale Health Center will not be covered by Medicaid. 

Are physical exams covered for students?

Physical exams are covered by our Basic Coverage that all eligible students receive free of charge even if they waive Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care coverage. However, adults (people over the age of 18) do not require a physical exam every year.

Adults typically need a physical exam every five years in their 20s and 30s, every two years in their 40s, and every year after age 50.  We recommend that students get a physical exam once in the year prior to graduating. Students with specific health conditions such as diabetes or HIV should get physical exams more frequently.

What is “Basic Coverage” for students?

Details of Basic Coverage can be found in the Student Handbook and an overview is in the Student Guide to Yale Health.

I am a student and I waived coverage. Can I still use services at Yale Health?

Yes, eligible students who waive Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care coverage, still have Basic Coverage.

I am a student and I waived Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care coverage. Can I be seen in the Ophthalmology/Optometry Department?

No.  Waived students are not seen in this department. Students who waived Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care coverage need to seek services from providers who accept their insurance.

Am I covered for prescriptions as an enrolled student?

Students enrolled in Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care coverage are covered.  Please call Member Services at 203-432-0246 or review the Yale Health Student Handbook to check on your individual coverage and benefits. 

Students with Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Coverage can receive free generic oral contraceptives at the Yale Health Pharmacy.

I am a student who has waived Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care coverage. Can I still use the lab?

Yes.  All  eligible students are covered for laboratory services requested by their primary care clinicians.

I am a student and have waived Yale Health coverage, can I be seen in the Dermatology Department?

No.  Students who have waived Yale Health’s Hospitalization/Specialty Care coverage need to seek services from providers who accept their insurance.