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Health Programs and Services

Wellness and Community Outreach (WCO)

Student health and wellness is a primary concern of the College, and Mills College involves students in designing and evaluating its services to ensure high quality services, education, support and resources that promote students' well-being.

The Office of Wellness and Community Outreach provides individual coaching and educational programs. The Manager of Wellness and Community Outreach is the liaison for the Student Health Center and the administrator for the Mills/Kaiser Permanente Student Health Plan. This person also advises the Peer Health Education students group, which provides education for students about a range of topics from birth control to meditation.

The Wellness Manager offers education, coaching or referrals for many aspects of physical, emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual health such as: nutrition and healthy eating, sexual and reproductive health, managing chronic illness, sleep and activity, allergies, stress, healthy relationships, substance abuse, sexual violence awareness and prevention, community health and wellness services, and social service needs.

Support is provided in navigating healthcare, including: choosing a health insurance plan; the Affordable Care Act and health plan options through the health benefits exchanges (Covered California​ in California); public health insurance and coverage options; understanding covered benefits; selecting a physician, dentist, counselor, or alternative health provider; or applying for social services or public benefits.

Mills College requires that all students carry health insurance. International students must be enrolled in a special international student health plan that is offered through Mills College. For all other students, coverage options include one of two plans offered by the College or alternate coverage that meets the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Mills waiver guidelines (which do not apply to international students) for alternate coverage are here. The Mills Student Health Plans offer comprehensive medical coverage with the Kaiser Permanente Health Plan (HMO), which provides medical, mental health and vision care, chiropractic benefits through Ash Companies, and dental coverage through MetLife Dental. A second plan option is the Mills Kaiser Permanente Deductible Health Plan (DHMO) (covering medical, mental health and vision care) through Kaiser Permanente and chiropractic coverage through Ash Companies. The second plan does not include dental coverage.

All eligible students (except international students) must enroll in one of the plans or waive Mills coverage online once a year during Summer Open Enrollment. It is every student's responsibility to complete the enrollment or waiver process during the Open Enrollment period. Requests for late enrollment or waivers are subject to late fees and may not be accommodated after the Add Deadline for each semester. Find out effective coverage dates and how to enroll or waive here. Students enrolled in either one of the Student Health Plans through Kaiser Permanente can access a comprehensive array of educational, medical, mental health and vision services at any Kaiser Permanente facility in Northern California and online. Students may also access any Kaiser Permanente facility in any region it operates as a visiting Kaiser Member (see locations here) and access emergency care anywhere in the world. Students may purchase additional coverage for dependents including: spouse, registered domestic partner, and children. Dependent benefits include medical insurance (covering medical, mental health and vision care) and chiropractic coverage only (no dental plan). 

Health plan charges are added to all new student accounts. International students are charged for the special International Student Health Insurance Plan through HTH Worldwide/GGH Benefits and all other students are charged for the Kaiser Permanente HMO Plan. International students may not waive coverage or change their coverage to a Kaiser Permanente plan. All other students may change coverage from the KP HMO to the KP DHMO Plan or waive coverage and in doing so, their charges will be adjusted or removed. Health plan charges are credited if students withdraw or go on leave before the first day of instruction. Health plan charges are credited for students withdrawing or going on leave after the first day of instruction and before the add deadline only if students have not used the Kaiser Permanente insurance. Health plan charges are not credited for students who withdraw or go on leave after the add deadline.

The Student Health Center on campus provides students with access to a physician and a nurse five days a week during the academic year. M​ost office visits are free. Some fees apply for the Student Health Plan and additional fees for ​those who are not Kaiser members. Find out more information about the Student Health Center here

Options for students who graduate or leave Mills College include purchasing health insurance through Covered California or another health benefits exchange. 

Check online for additional information about Wellness and Community Outreach in the Division of Student Life as well as the Student Health Plan and the Student Health Center.

Visit Wellness and Community Outreach and Counseling and Psychological Services in the Cowell Building or call 510.430.2130 for more information.

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