Registered students pay a $47 non-mandatory Health Fee per semester which permits you to receive continual medical services at a reduced cost. This fee helps to fund and maintain the Health Center at the center of the campus where it is easily accessible to students. Waiver of the health fee, if done by the fifth day of classes each semester still enables the student to use the Health Center but they will need to pay the $47 fee back for the first visit of the semester and then an additional cost of $47 for the next visit if not related to the original visit.
There is sometimes confusion concerning the Health Fee at Ferris State University. Here are some explanatory notes which may assist you:
We appreciate the opportunity to serve our students as their family physician while they are here at Ferris State University.
Health Center Fees
Though nominal charges are required to see a physician at the Birkam Health Center, a student never needs cash on hand to see the doctor should they become sick or injured.
There are several payment methods available for the convenience of students.
The Birkam Health Center accepts certain insurances for medical services. Currently the Health Center can direct bill Traditional Blue Shield, Blue Shield Community Blue PPO, Blue Preferred PPO, MESSA, Priority Health, Priority Health Medicaid, Aetna, Cofinity, Straight Medicaid (excluding Medicaid Clinic Plans and HMO Plans). Please have your insurance card at the time of service in order for the Health Center to bill the insurance directly. The student is still responsible for all co-pays and charges for services not covered by their insurance.
Health insurance can be made easier to use at the Health Center if you provide certain information at the time of service.
You will be required to present your current insurance card (or a copy) at the time of each service. The Health Center will not back bill for visits if you do not present the card or a copy of the card at the time of services.
Please find out the following information about your health insurance before you arrive on campus (This is also a great method for students to learn more about your own insurance):
Students with insurance other than the ones listed above are advised to submit their Health Center receipts to their own insurance companies for reimbursement.
United Health Care Plan
Ferris State University also offers a basic health insurance plan for those students who do not have a private health insurance plan. This plan is underwritten and administered by a private insurance company that provides these type of plans to numerous Universities across the country. The insured period generally covers the start of Fall Semester through the start of the next year's Fall Semester. There are enrollment periods each semester at a pro-rated cost. All students should receive information regarding this student health insurance plan prior to Fall Semester through the mail. If you do not receive this information or have additional questions regarding this plan, please contact the Health Center at (231) 591-2614.
You may also visit the United Health Care Insurance Web site at www.uhcsr.com/mhec or call the company at 1-800-767-0700.
If you do not have insurance, there are several convenient payment options: