Health and Counseling
Benefits are an important part of the total compensation package for employees and Postdoctoral Fellows. From meeting your family's essential health needs, to saving for the future, to enhancing your day-to-day well being, programs are designed to be comprehensive, affordable and customizable to meet the diverse needs of employees and their families.
For a full description of employee benefits, go the Human Resources website
For a full description of Postdoc benefits, check out the Postdoctoral Fellow's Guide
In addition to standard employee benefits, Postdocs can be seen at the JBT Health & Wellness Center for both primary care and behavioral health appointments.
Enrollment in Aetna's school-endorsed student health insurance plan is automatic for all students at the start of your academic program. You may also elect to enroll spouses, domestic partners and children on the insurance plan.
In addition to standard student insurance, students and their partners can go to the Joseph B. Trainer Health & Wellness Center with Primary Care, Preventative Care, and Behavioral Health and Wellness Services. Learn more about the services
U.S. Department of State regulations require all J-1 Exchange Visitors to have medical insurance for themselves and any accompanying J-2 family members for the duration of their program. U.S. regulations require all exchange visitors (both J-1s and J-2s) to have health insurance during the duration of their exchange visitor status. The health insurance plan selected by the exchange visitor must meet the minimum requirements designated by U.S. law at 22 C.F.R. 62.14, and the exchange visitor and accompanying dependents may be subject to the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
Foreign Medical Insurance Policies: J-1/J-2 Exchange Visitors who will be covered within the United States under a foreign insurance policy must submit a copy of the insurance policy to the Department of Immigration Services. If applicable, the policy documentation should have an English translation, indicating amounts of coverage and the dates of coverage. Individuals carrying policies that do not meet the minimum levels of coverage outlined by the J1 regulations, will be required to purchase insurance that meets the U.S. Department of State requirements, which must include medical evacuation and repatriation coverage.
Pregnancy Insurance Coverage: Most U.S. medical insurance plans will not cover a pre-existing pregnancy. If you or your spouse is currently pregnant and you are not eligible for OHSU Employee medical insurance, you must purchase a medical insurance policy in your home country that will cover the pregnancy and birth while you are in the United States. OHSU Employee medical insurance policy will cover a pre-existing pregnancy, provided certain provisions are met. If you are eligible for OHSU Employee medical insurance, please contact Human Resource (HR) as soon as possible.
Elective Insurance Coverage: It is important to remember that in the United States certain kinds of elective medical care, such as eyeglasses or dentistry are ordinarily not covered by regular medical insurance. Exchange Visitors should take care of such needs before leaving home, or may elect to purchase separate coverage for these needs through a private company.
Alternative Health Insurance Plans
Please find below a sampling of companies that sell health insurance to international exchange visitors and their dependents.
- Marsh, Gateway Plans Tel: 800 282-4495, 202 367-5097
- The Harbour Group, L.L.C. Tel: 800 252-8160, 703 733-0952
- International Student Insurance Tel: 877 328-1565
- HTH Worldwide Tel: 888 350-2002
- Compass Benefits Group Tel: 800 683-1468
Insurance Plans that Allow for Coverage of J-2 Dependents Without Requiring Coverage of the J-1
This video teaches international people how to prepare for their arrival in the US, how the US healthcare system works and how international people should seek medical care appropriately if they become sick or injured.
This short video introduces the concepts of mental health for internationals in the US. Covering mental health awareness and warning signs, dispelling myths, and showing ways to seek treatment, the video seeks to demystify a complex topic.
Routine Exams with Primary Care Physician
Are for non-urgent patients only, and you will need to schedule an appointment with a doctor's office to be seen. Before you schedule your appointment, be sure to confirm the types of treatment your insurance policy will cover. A small co-payment upon check in is common before you can be seen by a doctor. Find a doctor at OHSU and learn more or call 503 494-8311.
Urgent Care Clinics
Should be reserved only for serious, but not life-threatening situations. These clinics do not require appointments, but you should verify with your insurance company if your policy covers costs of treatment at the urgent care clinic.
A common choice for this service is ZoomCare. Find a location or make an appointment
Emergency Rooms (ER)
The ER and ambulances should only be used for serious medical emergencies. No appointment is necessary to be seen by a doctor in the ER, and wait times can vary as patients with more severe emergencies are given priority. If you feel you have a serious, debilitating, life-threatening or emergent medical condition requiring immediate medical care, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. Learn more about the OHSU ER
Are doctors who only practices a specific type of medicine. You should check with your insurance company before scheduling an appointment with a specialist because you may need to first get a referral from your primary physician in order to have your insurance cover the costs of the specialist's treatment. Find a specialist at OHSU
For Partners of Employees or Postdoctoral Fellows
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The EAP provides you and all your dependents, regardless of the medical plan you are enrolled in, 24/7 access to confidential counseling to help you address issues such as relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, financial hardship and general stress or depression. The most commonly used benefit of the EAP is three free visits (no copay or other out of pocket cost to you) with a counselor for you and/or your dependents. Many issues can be addressed directly with your EAP professional; in some cases, you may be referred to other resources that are in your network coverage.
- Relationship or marriage issues
- Depression and anxiety
- Financial problems
- Stress management
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Finding community resources
- Conflict at work
- Stress from identity theft
For Partners of Postdoctoral Fellows and Students
The Joseph B. Trainer Health & Wellness Center provides counseling services that can help preserve and enhance your emotional and behavioral health. Learn more.
- Individual or couples therapy
This short video introduces the concepts of mental health for international people in the US. Covering mental health awareness and warning signs, dispelling myths, and showing ways to seek treatment, the video seeks to demystify a complex topic.
Multnomah County Crisis Line
Phone: 503 988-4888 or 800 716-976
Cascadia 24 hour Urgent Walk-in Clinic
2415 SE 43rd (Use west entrance at SE 42nd/Division). Bus #4 can also be used to get to the clinic
Call to Safety (Domestic and Sexual Violence)
Phone: 503 235-5333 or 888 235-5333
Men's Resource Center
Phone: 503 235-3433
Line Phone: 503 823-4636
Disclaimer: This list is provided as an information service only. It is not an exhaustive list of services or companies and is not an endorsement by OHSU of any company listed.