The Health Fee is mandatory for all students who are enrolled on the main Stanford campus. However, an exemption may be requested, using HelpSU, by any student who is living outside of the Bay Area for the entire quarter and who therefore cannot reasonably access care at Vaden Health Center. The Bay Area is defined as Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties.
While you are enrolled at another Stanford campus, such as through the Bing Overseas Studies Program, Bing Stanford in Washington, or Hopkins Marine Station, you won’t be charged the Health Fee, even though you may be paying other Stanford fees, such as tuition.
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If you are unregistered for classes in Summer Quarter, you will not be automatically charged the Health Fee. If you want to be seen at Vaden Health Center, one of the following scenarios will apply:
Dependents of students are not charged the Health Fee. Adult dependents may be seen at Vaden Health Center and will be charged fee-for-service at the time of the visit; however, adult dependents who have insurance through the Stanford Student Dependent Health Insurance Plan should access care through a networked provider to minimize out-of-pocket costs.
No. Vaden Health Center does not bill private insurance carriers for primary care visits, psychological evaluations and short-term therapy, or for the health and wellness programs that are covered under the Health Fee.
Within California, you can go to any Health Net contracted provider under Tier 2 of the plan. If you are outside of California, the provider network is First Health. To find a Health Net or First Health contracted provider in your area, visit www.healthnet.com/cardinalcare or call Health Net Customer Service at (800)-250-5226.
The university offers a month of Early Start coverage in Cardinal Care for students who must arrive early on campus in August for official university business. Early Start is only available to students who will have Cardinal Care coverage for the upcoming academic year. If you are qualified, please contact the Insurance and Referral Office for additional information.
Cardinal Care covers one annual eye examination. If you wish to use Stanford’s Eye Clinic under Tier I of your coverage, please contact the Insurance and Referral Office at Vaden Health Center so a referral can be entered for your eye exam.
Cardinal Care is an annual enrollment plan. If you choose to remain enrolled in Cardinal Care, you are covered from September 1–August 31. If you plan to graduate at the end of autumn or winter quarter, you may be eligible for early cancellation of Cardinal Care. Please submit this petition no later than December 15th (for autumn quarter degree conferral) or no later than April 15th (for winter quarter degree conferral).
Questions? Contact us at https://stanford.service-now.com/student_services