Student Leave Of Absence

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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

**Please note that the option to continue the 14/15 Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan  is no longer available and that SHIP coverage will terminate at the end of the month in which you last attended class**

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

Aetna Student Health Insurance for the 14/15 plan year (ends 8/31/2015)

Health insurance coverage will terminate at the end of the month in which you last attended class. 

Students who withdraw from their academic program will lose coverage at the end of the month in which they last attended class.

PacificSource Health Plans for the 15/16 plan year (starts 8/1 for new students and 9/1 for continuing students)

If leave is declared after the 100% refund deadline: student will remain covered through the rest of the term coverage period and can elect one additional term of coverage (per academic career) if the LOA is an approved medical leave.  Enrollment and payment for this one term of medical leave coverage will be done directly through Wells Fargo.                                                                                                                                                  

If leave is declared prior to the 100% refund deadline: then student will not be covered for the term UNLESS it is a an approved medical leave and if deemed a medical leave, they will remain covered through the remaining coverage period but will not be able to elect an additional period.                            

We strongly recommend that you carry some form of health insurance. Going without health insurance involves potential serious health care and financial risks.  

Returning From Leave

Aetna Student Health Insurance for the 14/15 plan year (ends 8/31/2015)

Your coverage will reinstate the first of the month of the academic term in which you register . 

PacificSource Health Plans for the 15/16 plan year

Starts 8/1 for new students and 9/1 for continuing students

Your coverage will reinstate once registered for the full term coverage period

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.

  • Federal health exchanges have coverage options for those who have lost coverage elsewhere (considered a qualifying event) and can also screen for Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan. 

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