Health & Safety
Every full-time and part-time student enrolled in an institution of higher learning in Massachusetts is required to participate in a student health insurance program or in a health benefit plan with comparable coverage. This includes students participating in the Los Angeles Program. For those of you who are not California residents: insurance carriers may not cover you adequately in California. It is vitally important that you and your family research this before you arrive in Los Angeles. All too often participants arrive in Los Angeles only to discover that significant medical expenses are not covered and must be paid out of pocket; or they must travel back home to receive medical care.
If a student has an alternate health plan with comparable coverage under his/her parents’ insurance, the student may request a waiver from participating in Emerson College’s sponsored student health plan. However, for an alternate health plan to be comparable to the student health plan:
- The plan must provide to the student reasonably comprehensive coverage of health services, including preventive and primary care, emergency services, hospitalization benefits, ambulatory patient services, and mental health services throughout the school year.
- The services covered under the alternate health plan must be reasonably accessible for all health services to the student in the area where the student attends school.
- A health plan through a closed network of providers and accessible only for emergency services is NOT comparable coverage. Students and parents should be aware of this very important fact.
- The burden of proof that the alternate insurance is adequate falls on the student.
Please check with your insurance agent regarding any policy questions or concerns you may have about health benefits while living and traveling in California. If you believe your current insurance policy does not provide sufficient medical coverage while out of your state/geographical service area, please research a health insurance plan that does.
If your current plan meets the coverage requirements, please follow instructions for the Student Health Insurance Plan Online Waiver Form.
View information about the Aetna Student Health Plan.
For those students who use the College’s health insurance plan, as part of the plan you are entitled to travel assistance services provided by On Call International. On Call International has extensive college student service experience, including medical evacuation and repatriation coverage and 24-hour medical assistance for members while traveling anywhere in the world.
Regardless of your insurance plan, if you know that you will need medical services while in Los Angeles, please start to research Los Angeles area providers covered by your insurance plan. Los Angeles Program employees don’t make medical referrals.
Psychological Counseling Services
Professional counseling services are available off campus for students who need assistance with personal concerns, family problems, or other psychological issues. Students will have to pay up front and will need to complete a claim report and follow the insurance company’s policy for reimbursement.
If you know that you will need medication while in Los Angeles, ensure you bring an adequate supply with you. Otherwise, you will have to make arrangements to acquire the medications you need in California. Discuss this with your parents. This may or may not necessitate finding a local (Los Angeles) physician. A bit of planning now can save you much trouble later on.
Health Care Resources
If a student is sick or needs health services, he/she should go to the Lakeside Community Healthcare Urgent Care Center in Burbank. If you need medical assistance before or after its posted hours, you will have to visit Saint Joseph's Medical Center. Be sure to bring your insurance card with you for any medical visits and always provide your permanent address on any medical paperwork to ensure that you are billed appropriately. All students are responsible for their individual bills. If you visit the Lakeside Community Health Center on weekends, you will have to sign a waiver in order to receive treatment. They ask you to sign a waiver because the Center can't verify your insurance information on weekends or on weekdays when the insurance carrier verification lines are closed.
Lakeside Community Health Urgent Care Center
Lakeside Community Healthcare Urgent Care Center offers treatment ranging from treating simple flu symptoms to minor injuries on a "walk-in" basis.
|Address||191 South Buena Vista, Suite 150, Burbank, CA|
|Hours||7 days a week and holidays from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm|
Providence/Saint Joseph Medical Center Emergency Room
If the Urgent Care Facility is not open, please use the ER services at Saint Joseph’s.
|Address||501 South Buena Vista, Burbank, CA|
|Hours||Open 24 hours a day|
Please note: Students with outstanding bills for medical services may have a “hold” placed on their Emerson account until payment is received by the college or the service provider.
Other Local Health Services and Hotlines
Hours and Days of Operation
Planned Parenthood provides STD testing and treatment, birth control services and HIV testing, pregnancy test/options, HPV and Hepatitis vaccines, and emergency contraception.
4311 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 104
Los Angeles, CA 90010
|Suicide Prevention Hotline||877-727-4747|
|Poison Control Hotline||800-876-4766|
The historic “Route 66” (aka Will Rogers Highway) originally ran 2,448 miles from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica.
Los Angeles at night
Students with Disabilities or Special Needs
Students who wish to participate in an Emerson external program or activity must be physically and mentally able, with or without reasonable accommodations, to fully and safely participate in the program or activity. Students who suffer from a physical or mental disability and wish to request accommodations that might enable them to fully and safely participate should contact Emerson College's Disability Services Office at email@example.com.
Students with a documented disability or special need should discuss any anticipated accommodations well in advance of their semester with the International Study and External Programs Office and the Disability Services Office. Your documentation and diagnosis must support your requests for special arrangements or accommodations.