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Health Insurance

PCC International Student Health Insurance Requirements

PCC International student health insurance is required and mandatory for all PCC F-1 students (only exception: government-sponsored students).

Why? The cost of healthcare in the United States is extremely high. You must have medical insurance to protect yourself from these high costs.

Please do not buy health insurance coverage from your home country because it will not be accepted by PCC.

IMPORTANT! F-1 students are not eligible for Oregon Health Plan (OHP). Signing up for this plan can negatively impact your visa status. 

Term Coverage Dates Payment Portal Opens
(1st Day for Payment)
Deadline for Payments Cost per Person
Winter 2024 01/08/2024 – 03/31/2024 11/07/2023 01/08/2024 $667.02
Spring 2024 04/01/2024 – 06/23/2024 02/20/2024 04/01/2024 $667.02
Summer 2024 06/24/2024 – 09/22/2024 05/14/2024 06/24/2024 $667.02

How to Pay for Your Insurance

  1. Visit the LewerMark Payment Portal.
  2. Pay for your LewerMark health insurance coverage.
  3. Email your payment confirmation (receipt) to oiss.insurance@pcc.edu to have your hold removed.

If you need help with the portal, use the chat function on the LewerMark website.

LewerMark Updates and Features

Insurance Holds

An international health insurance hold will be placed on your MyPCC account before class registration begins. To have your hold removed, you must pay for your mandatory international student health insurance through LewerMark’s payment portal.

Important dates for Winter 2024
  • Monday, 11/06/2023: Hold will be placed on your MyPCC account.
  • Tuesday, 11/07/2023: Health insurance payment portal opens, and you can make a payment.
  • Monday, 01/08/2024: Deadline for health insurance payment.

Please be aware that payments made over the weekend will be processed during OISS hours the next available business day.

How to Have Your Hold Removed

We receive payment reports from LewerMark each Friday. When we receive this report, we will remove holds from all students’ accounts who have paid.

You can also show proof of payment and have your hold removed by emailing a copy of your receipt or a screenshot of your receipt to oiss.insurance@pcc.edu.

For any questions about your hold, please email us at OISS.insurance@pcc.edu

If you need help signing in to your LewerMark account, please visit the LewerMark website and use the chat feature.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must be covered by PCC international student health insurance?
  • All F-1 students with I-20s from PCC must be covered through LewerMark. At this time PCC does not accept substitutes or waivers for this requirement.
  • F-2 dependents (husband/wife, children) are not eligible to be added to a student plan, but are strongly encouraged to get coverage.
When must international students be covered by PCC international student health insurance?
  • During Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer terms,
  • During vacation terms,
  • While on OPT, and
  • During reduced course load terms.
What if my health insurance is covered by my government-sponsored scholarship?
  • You must have a valid financial guarantee or government sponsorship letter on file with the Office of International Student Services and Third Party Billing.
  • Your financial guarantee or government sponsorship letter must be valid for the entire term you intend to use it.
  • If your financial guarantee or government sponsorship letter has expired, you must submit a new financial guarantee or government sponsorship.
  • You must submit your financial guarantee or government sponsorship letter by emailing it to both oiss.insurance@pcc.edu and sam.loughery@pcc.edu.
  • If you are covered for only insurance (not tuition), then you must submit a government sponsorship letter. The letter must include:
    • Your full name
    • That you are covered by your government’s insurance while attending PCC
    • That you are covered for repatriation and medical evacuation
    • The dates of coverage
Does the LewerMark health insurance coverage include dental and/or vision coverage?
  • No, the LewerMark health insurance plan does not include vision or dental coverage for students, however, they do have dental and vision plans available for students.
  • PCC’s Dental Clinic provides basic services to PCC students such as cleanings and fillings. (Read FAQs)
I already have the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), do I still need to purchase the LewerMark insurance?
  • F-1 students are not eligible for Oregon Health Plan (OHP). Signing up for this plan can negatively impact your visa status. 
  • All F-1 students with I-20s from PCC must be covered through LewerMark. At this time PCC does not accept substitutes or waivers for this requirement.

This page is maintained by the OISS Health Insurance Team.

LewerMark Contact Info

+1-800-821-7710

lewermarksupport@lewer.com

Chat with LewerMark

Contact LewerMark for questions about:

  • Coverage
  • Benefits
  • Finding a doctor
  • Payments

Quick Links:

LewerMark Payment Portal & website

Welcome to the LewerMark Family!Welcome to LewerMark

2023-2024 Plan Summary

2023-2024 Brochure

OISS Contact Info

oiss.insurance@pcc.edu 

Contact OISS for questions about:

  • Eligibility
  • Hold

Health Insurance Resources

Watch the Health Insurance Q&A video HERE.Health Insurance Workshop

Teladoc - Visit with a doctor without leaving home! Teladoc is included in your coverage and free to use!

TELUS Health / MySSP - Your LewerMark health insurance coverage also includes mental health coverage. You can find a doctor who speaks your language!   MySSP

Togetherall - A community of other students where you can support or find support to feel better.Togetherall

SES (Scholastic Emergency Services) - Help with medical emergencies through translation and transportation of you or a loved one.SES