University Health Services (UHS) and University Mental Health (UMH) at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine provide reduced cost healthcare. The insurance plan postdocs are provided is called the Student Health Program (SHP). A summary of student benefits can be found on the JHUSOM website.
SHP is administered by EHP (888-400-0091), or the “Employer Health Program,” and managed by the registrar's office. For enrollment and eligibility questions contact the benefit's desk at 410-614-3301 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All full-time postdoctoral fellows in the SOM, their spouses and dependent children must be covered by health insurance. Fellows may waive coverage for their spouses and children if they are covered by an alternative plan which meets the minimum standards established by the SOM; you must submit a waiver form which can be found on the student insurance page under “SHP Waiver Form” to the Registrar’s Office.
Postdoctoral fellows must enroll in SHP at the registrar's office within 30 days of starting at Hopkins.
Changes in enrollment can be made during the open enrollment period or as a result of a qualified “life event” provided an application is made within 30 days of the qualifying life event.
Note: Breast pumps and contraceptives are covered at 100% for the student plan, beginning July 1, 2013, as a result of the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
1. INDIVIDUAL premiums for ALL JHUSOM postdoctoral fellows are paid by their preceptor at $269/month.
For a detailed summary of your health benefits, you can access the student insurance benefits page, and download the "Summary of Benefits for Fellows and Students" booklet or you can get a hard copy from the registrar's office.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act of 2010, searches for alternative insurance coverage for a spouse and/or dependent children should begin with the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange or https://www.healthcare.gov/. Enrollment in the health benefit exchange program begins October 1, 2013 with insurance coverage beginning January 1, 2014.
Detailed plan information is available online through the SOM registrar's website.
To find a provider, go to www.carefirst.com
This coverage is for the postdoc only and is NOT available to the spouse/domestic partner or dependent children.
Postdoctoral fellows are allowed one FREE eye exam/contact lens evaluation per plan year at the Wilmer Institute Comprehensive eye service.
Please NOTE you may only use the Wilmer Institute Comprehensive eye service for this. To make an appointment call (410-955-5080) and identify yourself as a postdoctoral fellow when making the appointment.
The Wilmer Institute Comprehensive Eye Service provides 25% off the regular retail price for all prescription eyeware frames, lenses, and lens treatments; 10% off all non-prescription sunglasses; and 5% off a minimum purchase of 4 boxes of disposable or planned replacement contact lenses.
Bills for routine eye exams/contact lens evaluations, and an explanation of benefits, should be forwared to the UHS Benefits office (Blalock 144) for prompt payment by that office.
Participants in the SHP are covered by Caremark Prescription Services. SHP in-network pharmacies are available online at www.ehp.org under “Find a Pharmacy.”
We have a 3 tier co-pay prescription plan (There is NO deductible for pharmacy benefits).
If you feel comfortable with a generic, never hesitate to ask your physician for a generic drug. Often the pharmacy can also provide information on the differences in these drugs.
The Monument Street Pharmacy offers a $5 discount per visit if you show your SOM ID.
UHS is the on campus clinic for students AND postdocs. UHS provides adult primary care medical services, includingmedical checkups, the evaluation and treatment of most acute and/or chronic medical conditions, annual exams and age-appropriate immunizations. UHS does NOT provide the Hep B vaccine (which is only provided by Occupational & Environmental Health) or travel immunizations. These basic services are FREE for all postdocs; however, you will be billed for laboratory work (ie. Blood tests).
More information can be found here: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/uhs
Individuals enrolled full-time in the SOM are required to enroll in UHS. The $450 annual fee is paid by your preceptor.
Dependent children are not eligible for UHS services, but spouses/same-sex domestic partners who are covered by SHP may also use UHS.
UHS does not accept walk in appointments, but generally schedules appointments very quickly.
Current Hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm with evening hours on Tuesday and Thursday.
Call for appointments 410-955-3250
UHS is located at its new location: 933 N. Wolfe Street, JHMI campus, East Baltimore.
If you have an urgent health care problem after UHS is closed call the UHS physician on-call: 410-955-4331 or go to Patient First (www.patientfirst.com) which accepts EHP/SHP.
UMH is part of UHS and is responsible for providing psychiatric and psychological assistance to both students AND postdocs. For clarification, psychologists are trained to provide mental health therapy through counseling and psychotherapy, while psychiatrists have a medical degree and can pair counseling with a drug based therapy.
If you feel that you need help for a mental health condition, the services at UMH are available to you as long as you are a full time SOM post-doctoral fellow. Spouses/domestic partners enrolled in SHP can also use UMH.
The UMH program psychiatrists are full or part-time faculty members in the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry providing outpatient treatment.
Based on the recommended treatment plan, you will be seen as many times as is medically necessary to be treated for your condition.
Appointment wait times vary but may take up to 2 weeks.
All Services are FREE and Confidential
Call for appointments or emergencies 410-955-1892
UMH is located at 401 N. Caroline St.
FASAP; a counseling service available to all SOM postdoctoral fellows and their immediate family members.
FASAP provides FREE and Confidential mental health services.
FASAP services include identification, assessment and diagnosis of personal, family, school, and work-related problems, brief problem resolution and consultation, preventive and educational sessions, support and discussion groups, referrals to appropriate and accessible services and resources.
Call for an appointment 443-287-7000
Use the 24 hour emergency number to call the psychiatric resident on call 410-955-5964
FASAP is located at 550 N. Broadway, suite 507.
The following links guide you to the cost of Health Insurance Premiums for postdoctoral fellows at the BEST research medical schools in the country:
10) University of Washington (unavailable)
Benefits require 100% University contribution on behalf of ALL postdoctoral scholars (employees, fellows and paid-directs)
25) Mayo Clinic Medical School (unavailable)