Student Leave Of Absence
Students interrupt their education to accommodate educational goals or special circumstances. There are many acceptable reasons for obtaining an Leave of Absence including medical care for a physical or psychological issue, birth or adoption of a child, family obligations, research, additional graduate degree, military service, financial hardship, time to study for boards, and other personal reasons.
If you are contemplating a leave of absence, be sure to review the OHSU Voluntary Leave of Absence (LOA) policy.
If you are requesting a MEDICAL Leave of Absence, please follow the steps below:
- Schedule an appointment with the Joseph B. Trainer Health & Wellness Center (formerly Student Health) or your health care provider if you are not being treated at the JBT Health Center.
- Have your provider complete the attestation form affirming that your condition requires a medical leave of absence.
- Sign the form in the student section giving the health care provider permission to release this very limited information.
If you are RETURNING from a Medical Leave of Absence, please follow the steps below:
- Have your treating health care provider complete the reinstatement attestation form.
- Sign the form at the top giving your permission for this very limited release of information.
Please note, providers at the JBT Health & Wellness Center may NOT complete the provider attestation for return from a medical leave of absence, only an outside treating provider may perform that service.
Insurance Options While On Leave
Health insurance coverage will terminate at the end of the month in which you last attended class unless you are on an approved leave of absence and contact the JBT Health & Wellness Center to extend your coverage.
Students who withdraw from their academic program are not eligible to continue the University Sponsored Health Insurance Plan and coverage will terminate at the end of the month in which you last attended class.
We strongly recommend that you carry some form of health insurance. Going without health insurance involves potential serious health care and financial risks. If you go without insurance coverage for more than 63 days, you may face a pre-existing condition exclusion that will exclude you from coverage for certain conditions for up to 6 months, upon re-enrolling in the university sponsored plan.
Consequently, OHSU sponsors a continuation plan for OHSU students who were enrolled in the University Sponsored Health Insurance Plan prior to their approved leave of absence. If you have an approved leave of absence from OHSU, there are options to continue the Aetna University Sponsored Health Insurance Plan if you elect to remain insured. These student health continuation options will cease as of 12/31/2014 as Oregon health exchanges will be available as of 1/1/2014. Please contact our office and ask to speak to the insurance coordinator to learn more.
The student continuation plan will no longer be offered as of 1/1/2014.
Healthcare Resources outside of OHSU
There are limited opportunities for those on tight budgets to acquire health insurance outside of a parent's plan (for those under 26), or the University Sponsored Health Insurance Plan.
- Oregon's health exchanges will be accepting applications as of October 1st and coverage for these plans is planned to begin January 1st, 2014.
Healthcare Resources outside of OHSU - View PDF
*Non approved leave of absences and/or withdrawals are not eligible for continuation coverage*
If you take a leave of absence, it is vital that you notify the JBT Health & Wellness Center upon your return in order to re-enroll in the plan as an active student.