Emerson Los Angeles
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.
Full information can be found at the Massachusetts Student Health Insurance website if you have additional concerns about Massachusetts requirements.
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. An alternate health plan to be comparable to the student health plan must:
- 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.
- Students who have out of area HMOs (for example Kaiser Permanente, Empire of NY, and others) may not have comparable coverage as these types of plans only provide coverage for emergency care or when provided by a network of clinicians not available in the Emerson campus area.
- 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.
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. ELA employees don’t make medical referrals.
Public Safety and What to Do in an Emergency
Emerson College Los Angeles is staffed 24 hours a day with contract security team that is able to communicate with the Emerson College Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department.
We value your safety and security.
During your stay here you will be required to complete Fire/Life/Safety online training that will cover fire safety, earthquake safety, and a host of related topics. In addition to the Fire/Life/Safety training you are be required to complete online, during ELA orientation there will be a safety session that will address the center’s safety and security procedures.
Building evacuation procedures are posted on the back of your residence doors.
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.
- Emerson College Los Angeles offers a referral for counseling and therapy to students who need this service. For referrals and more information, contact Kerri McManus, Director of Internships and Student Services.
- You may also contact the Boston Campus’s Counseling and Psychological Services for a referral list of Los Angeles area psychotherapists and psychiatrists. Please contact Elise Harrison, Ph.D., LMFT, Director
Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services
216 Tremont Street
For Psychiatric Emergencies
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Ruth and Harry Roman Emergency Department
8700 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Hours: Open 24 hours a day
Phone: (310) 423-3277
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.
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. Many medical facilities will ask you to sign a waiver in order to receive treatment. They ask you to sign a waiver because often they can’t verify your insurance information on weekends or on weekdays when the insurance carrier verification lines are closed.
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.
Local Health Care Services and Hotlines
Unlike the Boston campus, the Los Angeles Center has no on-site health care facility. In the event that you require medical attention during your semester in LA, we provide below a list of the closest recommended health facilities. If you are unable safely to drive to a health facility, you should call 911.
Urgent Care Centers
Hollywood Walk-in Clinic
6430 Selma Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028
Saban Free Clinic
6043 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Emergency Room Services
Cedars – Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd,
West Hollywood, CA 90048
Hours: Open 24 hours a day
Phone: (310) 423-3277
Sexual Assault Centers
Santa Monica - UCLA Medical Center
1250 Sixteenth Street
Santa Monica, CA. 90404
Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Peace Over Violence
Peace Over Violence is a nonprofit 501c3, multicultural, community based and volunteer centered organization dedicated to a building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence.
1015 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Other Local Health Services and Resources
Hours and Days of Operation:
Monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Tues - Fri: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
|916 W. Burbank Blvd.||1014 1/2 N Vermont Ave|
|Burbank, CA 91502||Los Angeles, CA 90029|
4311 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 104
Los Angeles, CA 90010
24 Hour Hotline: 323.936.4343
|Suicide Prevention Hotline||877-727-4747|
|Drug Addiction Hotline||800-827-5596|
|Poison Control Hotline||800-876-4766|