Tuesday, November 17
Campus Center 101
Press conference and rally to discuss the changes to the Student Health Insurance Plan and the closing of UHS from midnight to 8:00 a.m. The changes to UHS hours and the SHIP, implemented over the summer, together represent a significant burden for UMass students and the larger community. For example, during the second weekend of the school year, a number of area news outlets reported a record number of emergency calls, and fourteen ambulance calls with a waiting time of over three hours. The $200 deductible has been the most difficult cost for students to absorb. Previously, there was no deductible to see someone outside of UHS, so long as you had a referral. Coupled with the reduced hours, students faced with a medical emergency overnight now have no choice but to go off campus thereby incurring the new deductible.
What can we do about it? Come hear your colleagues’ stories and share yours.