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A Message from Terry Lyons on COVID-19
 

A Message from Terry Lyons on COVID-19

International Students, Student Health

The coronavirus (COVID‐19) outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation. As you work hard to keep your students safe and protected from the outbreak, we want you to know that we are working hard to be there for you.

Already, we’ve seen the impact of the pandemic on colleges and universities including school closures with online instruction requirements, cancellation of study abroad programs, and an influx of questions from students and parents regarding coverage for testing and treatment of COVID‐19.

The AHP team is prepared and fully staffed to partner with you and our health insurance partners to provide quick and accurate responses to these inquiries. We will continue to be available through normal communication channels to CARE for you and your students. The health and safety of our employees, students, and clients is our priority.

To ensure our employees are in the best position to navigate issues arising from COVID-19, AHP has created a Care Task Force Team, comprised of company leaders across all departments. This team touches base daily to discuss the latest developments as well as any changes that need to be made to current work practices so we can continue to deliver exceptional service to our clients.

Some of the ongoing actions we are taking include:

  • Conversations with carriers regarding how COVID-19 will affect student health insurance plans
  • Ongoing analysis of waiver & enrollment data to provide updates on how these are affected
  • Updates and insights through our newsletter series
  • Discussions with clients surrounding their response and how we can support  
  • Virtual support at student orientation either through a live webinar or pre-recorded video

A few of the steps we have already taken include:

  • Coordinated with carriers to add COVID-19 updates on each college and university website
  • Conducted internal training on how to answer questions around the testing and treatment of COVID-19
  • Ensured access to telemedicine programs so students can receive 24/7 remote medical care
  • Developed a contingency plan for AHP employees to work remotely to continue service and protect the health of our employees
  • Provided access to an AHP Care Hotline through our Student Assistance Program to support students through this stressful time

We want you to know our plans cover your students whether they are on campus or remotely studying from home. Remember, our team is just a call away.  Please let us know if we can support in any way.

Terry Lyons - Academic HealthPlans CEO

Terry Lyons
President / CEO

 

College Health Centers: Valuable Services to Meet the Needs of a Student Population

Student Affairs, Student Health, Value-Added Benefits

College Health Centers want to offer comprehensive services regardless of size and budget.

There are certain services that all health centers should consider implementing to meet the needs of a student population and others (that may not be a necessity, but) can still bring value to students if you have a large enough student population and budget.

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The Dangers of Vaping

Student Health

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a national outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI). However, these aren’t the only ones taking action. Colleges and universities nationwide have banned vaping on-campus. In addition to implementing an on-campus ban, campus-wide anti-vaping campaigns are also used to help reduce use among students.

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