For the Health of It
Staying healthy at college is tough. You’re under stress, surrounded by other people who get sick, and you might be in a brand-new environment. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Keep a copy of your health insurance card on you at all times. Before going to school (and definitely before your first appointment at student health services) find out of they need to have a copy on file.
Find out if you can get your medications through student health services, or if you need to head to a pharmacy. (Some medications can only be filled in the state where a doctor prescribes them.) Controlled substances (including some pain medications) must be filled with a paper prescription, which can take a few days to get from your doctor, especially if you’re out of state—so plan ahead.
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) protect your health care privacy at school. Read up on how health care privacy laws affect you.
7.Power of Attorney
Even if you are on your parents’ insurance, they will not be able to speak with health care providers in an emergency if you’re 18 or older unless you authorize your parents or guardian to have access to your health care information. Speak with them about creating a power of attorney and submitting a HIPAA authorization form to your school.