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My Medical Coverage

Medical Benefits At-a-Glance
Medical Care Quick Tips

You’ve got enough on your plate juggling your academic and social life at school. Check “stay healthy” off your list with UC SHIP medical coverage. Take advantage of 100% coverage with no deductible for preventive care.

Medical benefits at-a-glance
View the medical chart for your campus to see examples of typical health care services and how they’re paid by UC SHIP. For details on specific plan benefits, including medical plan exclusions, check out the Benefit Booklet in the “Find Docs” section of this site.

UC Davis
UC Hastings
UC Irvine
UC Los Angeles
UC Merced
UC Riverside
UC San Diego
UC San Francisco
UC Santa Cruz

Medical Care Quick Tips

  1. When you need care, start by visiting the student health center (SHC), except in an emergency. In an emergency, call 911 or go directly to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.
  2. You need a referral for care outside the SHC. Referrals are not required for emergency or urgent care, or visits to pediatricians, obstetricians for pre- and post-natal care or gynecologists. For other off-campus non-emergency services, make sure you get a referral from the SHC so your services will be covered.

    Note for UC Hastings students: During summer months and breaks when the SHC is closed, you can visit an Anthem Blue Cross primary care clinician without a referral. However, be sure to get a referral from your primary care clinician in the Anthem Blue Cross Prudent Buyer network if you need to see a specialist.
    Note for UC Merced students: You don’t need a referral to receive medical care outside the SHC or when you are away from campus. However, be sure to get a referral from your primary care clinician in the Anthem Blue Cross Prudent Buyer network if you need to see a specialist.
    Note for UC Riverside students: You do not need a referral if you are outside of a 50-mile radius from campus.

  3. Download the StudentHealth app to keep your medical ID card handy. You will need to show your Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem) ID card when you get care or prescriptions outside of the SHC. Go to the App Store or to Google play to download the StudentHealth app.
  4. Use network providers to save money on care outside of the SHC. Network providers will cost you less. Your most expensive decision would be to see a provider who is not part of the Anthem Blue Cross Prudent Buyer (PPO) network.