Health Insurance

All international students at Seattle Pacific University are required to carry health insurance each quarter (including summer sessions).

The company LewerMark provides international students in F-1 and J-1 status a medical insurance plan while attending SPU. LewerMark insurance protects students while they are at school and when traveling or studying abroad. For additional information, visit the website.

Website: lewermark.com/spu
Phone: 800-821-7710

Health insurance FAQ

If I am not in the U.S. over the summer, do I need to purchase health insurance?

Yes! You must carry health insurance every quarter while you are a student at SPU. LewerMark insurance covers you anywhere in the world (limited coverage for you in your home country). It also covers you while traveling to and from your home country and to and from the U.S.

Do I need health insurance if I am not registered for Summer Sessions (or for any academic quarter I am not registered)?

Yes! You must carry health insurance every quarter while you are a student at SPU — even if you are not registered for courses. This includes a Vacation quarter and/or a Reduced Course Load quarter. However, students are only allowed one quarter per academic year in which they can be insured without carrying a full load of courses. If you are not registered for two or more quarters in one academic year (autumn–summer), you need to speak to the International Student Services office to be advised of your options.

Why do I need coverage when I am not in the U.S. or at home and not covered in my home country?

Although LewerMark insurance no longer requires a 90-day waiting period and allows you to be covered immediately upon registration for insurance, you are at risk if you have no coverage. Most students do not leave the U.S. the day after the last day of finals and return the day before the first day of the Autumn Quarter. What this means is that you would be at risk in the event of illness or accident and without coverage; it could impact you to such a degree financially that you would not be able to return to SPU. As a result, SPU (as do many universities in the U.S.) has a policy requiring students to be covered year-round while the student is pursuing a degree. Medical coverage is in place to protect you and give you peace of mind while at SPU and in the U.S.

I am currently in my home country and I plan on taking all my classes online during the Spring Quarter. Do I need to purchase health insurance from LewerMark?

If you are already in your home country and you will not be returning to the U.S. until after June 13, 2021, then you will not need LewerMark insurance for Spring Quarter. However, if you will be in the U.S. anytime in 2021 between March 29 and June 13, you will need to purchase LewerMark insurance. Please contact Hiroe Une by March 29 if you have any questions. After we process your insurance with LewerMark, you will have coverage.

My parents already have health insurance for me. What should I do?

SPU requires that all international students with F-1 or J-1 status have coverage with LewerMark insurance and does not accept waivers for coverage, except when sponsored by your government.

My spouse has health insurance coverage for me. What should I do?

SPU requires that all international students with F-1 or J-1 status have coverage with LewerMark insurance and does not accept waivers for coverage except when sponsored by your government.

I am an international student, but do not have an F-1 visa. What do I do?

All students at SPU should have insurance; however, you will not be covered by LewerMark as they only insure students with F-J-M or Q visas. You should secure insurance coverage independently.

How do I get an insurance card or find a doctor?

Visit the LewerMark website at lewermark.com. It will ask you which school you attend. After you type in Seattle Pacific School, you will see an icon for “Print ID Card.” You can click that and follow the directions for obtaining a card. You can print it and then carry it with you.

May I still go to Student Health Services to receive support even though I have LewerMark insurance?

Yes! If you are on campus and not feeling well, you definitely may utilize the Student Health Center. Health Services charges a small fee per quarter (only one time, so you can use the Center all quarter long, as many times as you need to). Your LewerMark insurance covers the services at the Health Center too! Note: It may be less expensive for you to use the Health Center instead of visiting a doctor off campus. The Health Center health care workers provide most of the same services and offer very personalized attention. It is also convenient for you to see someone on campus.

I have questions about my coverage. Who can help me?

On the left side of the LewerMark web page is a link labeled “Contact Us.” This has all the email and telephone numbers of people you may contact to ask questions about benefits or coverage.

How do I contact someone from LewerMark?

On the left side of the LewerMark web page is a link labeled “Contact Us.” This has all the email and telephone numbers of people you may contact to ask questions about benefits or coverage.

When does my coverage start and end?

Coverage begins on the first day of class and continues until the day before the start of the next quarter. SPU has three quarters along with Summer Sessions; you will be enrolled each quarter/session, so you will have continues coverage throughout the year.

I am graduating and will be returning to my home country. Am I covered?

If you are graduating and plan to return to your home country within 30 days, your LewerMark insurance can be extended for 30 days after your graduation date. You must let us know if you are graduating and what your plans are after graduation. If you need to extend your insurance for more than 30 days, but are still leaving the country, you can visit lewermark.com/individual-plan-options for information about enrolling in a plan that suits your needs.

What should I do if I have additional questions?

Feel free to contact LewerMark at 800-821-7710 during business hours (8 a.m.–6 p.m. Central Time)

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Student Health Services

SPU’s on-campus health clinic is open to all students, faculty, and staff and provides low-cost, comprehensive medical care.