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Insurance & Referral Office

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Stanford University requires that all registered students carry adequate health insurance. This requirement can be met either through Cardinal Care, the university sponsored health insurance plan, or through an alternative insurance plan that has comparable benefits. 

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Cardinal Care & Stanford Student Dependent Health Insurance for 2022-2023

Stanford University requires that all registered students carry adequate health insurance. This requirement can be met either through Cardinal Care, the university sponsored health insurance plan, or through an alternative insurance plan that has comparable benefits. 

Student Health Matters is Vaden Health Services' annual publication that provides information about health requirements, how access to Vaden services works, and the importance of having adequate health insurance during your time as a student.

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Learn more about services and products Vaden Health Services' Insurance and Referral Office oversees below

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Health Insurance Overview

A variety of health care services are available at Vaden Health Center on the Stanford campus and many are covered under the Campus Health Service Fee ('Health Fee'). For the services that Vaden can’t or doesn’t provide, such as emergency care, hospitalization, or care when a student is traveling away from campus, or for those services that are offered at Vaden but not covered under the Health Fee, such as specialty care, physical therapy, or prescriptions, health insurance is needed.

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Cardinal Care Overview & Benefits

Cardinal Care, the university sponsored health insurance option, is a comprehensive plan specifically designed for Stanford students. Medical benefits are administered by Health Net of California, mental health benefits are administered by Managed Health Network (MHN), a Health Net company, and dental benefits are administered by Delta Dental of California.

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Choosing Your Insurance

Health insurance plans vary in the coverage they offer. Cardinal Care has broad, comprehensive coverage that has worked well for our students in many diverse scenarios over time. 

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Dental & Vision Insurance Options

Learn about options for dental and vision care, whether you are enrolled in Cardinal Care or not.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Insurance

View an FAQ that has been put together by our staff to help answer your questions. 

Come meet us at Vaden Health Center

Our home can be found within the Vaden Health Center, located near Wilbur Field. 

• Questions? Contact us at here
• Make an Appointment: Vaden Patient Portal
• Telephone: 650.723.2135 
• Hours: Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST