Health Insurance

Seattle Pacific University requires all international students to carry health insurance every 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

Each student has the option prior to the fifth day of the quarter to request a waiver if they carry “comparable” insurance with a provider other than LewerMark.

Frequently asked questions about health insurance

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 except 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 the Summer Sessions (or any quarter I am not registered)?

Yes. You must carry health insurance every quarter while you are a student at SPU — whether or not you are registered. However, if you are not registered for two or more consecutive quarters, you will be dropped from the insurance roster. The next time you register (or re-apply) at SPU, you will be added back to the insurance roster.

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

Although LewerMark insurance no longer requires a 90-day wait period and allows you to be covered immediately upon registration for insurance, you are at risk if you have no coverage. The majority of students do not leave the U.S. immediately after the last day of finals, and don’t usually return the day before the first day of Autumn Quarter. What this means is that you would be at risk in the event of illness or accident 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 as long as they are 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.

My parents already have health insurance for me — what should I do?

Take your insurance card to Health Services, located in Watson Hall. You must do this in person. The Health Services staff will determine if your coverage is at least equal to (comparable to) the LewerMark coverage. If it is not, you must either increase your coverage or purchase LewerMark insurance.

I have coverage through my spouse. What should I do?

Take your insurance card to Health Services, located in Watson Hall. You must do this in person. The Health Services staff will determine if your coverage is at least equal to (comparable to) the LewerMark coverage. If it is not, you must either increase your coverage or purchase LewerMark insurance.

I need to change my insurance coverage next quarter — I will no longer have private coverage — what should I do?

If you need LewerMark coverage, do not apply for a waiver. If you have already been waived, but your insurance is cancelling, please notify Lori Honts Tongol, senior international student advisor, at iss@spu.edu. She will work with you to ensure you have proper coverage.

I am not an F-1 student. Why do I need insurance?

Insurance is required of all SPU students — and it is required of all international students on any type of visa. This is for your protection and peace of mind. Medical treatment in the U.S. is extremely expensive. The LewerMark insurance plan is comprehensive and offers very good coverage. Your family can rest assured you’ll have coverage if you get sick or have an event that requires medical attention.

F-1 and J-1 students may participate in their student plan through SPU. LewerMark also offers plans for other visa types, and these students may contact the company directly to get more information.

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

Visit the SPU LewerMark website at lewermark.com/seattlepacificuniversity.

Look for the link that says Student Login for ID card. There is a help button next to the link that provides instructions for printing out an insurance card.

To find a doctor near your home or to locate your closest hospital or urgent care center, look for the link that says Search for a Doctor. You can also obtain cards in the International Student Services office in Demaray Hall 151.

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

Yes. If you are on campus and not feeling well, you can go to Health Services in Watson Hall. They charge a small, one-time fee per quarter (which allows you to use Health Services as many times as needed during the quarter.) Your LewerMark insurance covers the services at Health Services.

Note: It may actually be less expensive to use the SPU’s Health Services instead of going to a doctor’s office. Health Services provides most of the same services and offers very personalized attention.

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

Visit the LewerMark web page and look for the Contact Us link at the top of the web page. This has the email and telephone numbers of people you may contact to ask questions about benefits or coverage.

How do I contact someone from LewerMark?

Visit the LewerMark web page and look for the Contact Us link at the top of the web page. This has the email and telephone numbers of people you may contact to ask questions about benefits or coverage.

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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.