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FAQs by Berry students regarding the Health and Wellness Center

Q:  Who has access to my medical records?  

A:  Everything in the Health and Wellness Center is confidential. This means your health care will not be discussed with anyone without your written consent. There are several safeguards in place to protect your medical records. The student workers are restricted from confidential and personal information and are trained in depth on matters of confidentiality.

Q:  Do you give allergy injections in the Health and Wellness Center?  

A:  Yes. You must have the following to receive the injections:

  1. A doctor's order stating that you have permission to receive your injection at Berry.
  2. Serum for the injections (must remain in our refrigerator while you are at Berry.)
  3. The injections must be given during our doctor's clinic hours, which are Mondays from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8:15-8:30 a.m.
  4. You will need to stay for at least 20 minutes to be observed for any adverse reactions. There are no exceptions.

Q:  What kind of immunization requirements will I have to meet?  

A:  Before registering for classes, the Health and Wellness Center must have record of two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccinations, as well as a Health History and Self-Report. If you reside on campus, Georgia law also requires that you receive a meningitis vaccination or waive this immunization. A copy of the needed forms can be obtained online.

Q:  If I am sick, can I spend the night at the Health and Wellness Center?  

A:  There are no provisions for overnight stay at the Health and Wellness Center. The nurse will assess your physical condition during business hours and decide what type of care you will need and arrange that care accordingly. If you need medical attention after business hours, Urgent Care, Harbin Clinic's Immediate Care Center, Redmond Regional Medical Center, and Floyd Medical Center are easily accessible. Your RA can help you access after hours care.

Q:  Is there a charge for any services in the Health and Wellness Center?  

A:  No, there is no charge for over-the-counter medicines, loan equipment, resource materials, nurse visits, allergy injections or doctor visits. However, there is a one time yearly fee for GYN services provided on campus. Any service off campus, such as lab and x-rays will be billed by the facility to your private insurance.

Common questions that parents ask:

Q:  What medical supplies should I send with my son/daughter to Berry?  

A:  The Health and Wellness Center has a variety of over-the-counter medicines and first aid supplies that the student can obtain during operating hours. It is recommended that a simple first aid kit be assembled and sent to Berry with the student.

Some items that are recommended:

  1. Band-Aids  
  2. Neosporin ointment
  3. Hydrogen peroxide
  4. Tylenol, Advil, Pepto Bismol

5.  Non-drowsy decongestant
6.  Non-drowsy cough medicine
7.  Hydrocortisone cream
8.  Thermometer


Also, any prescription medicines that the student needs, and any medical equipment that the student uses (inhalers, braces, nebulizers, etc.)

Q:  What information should my son/daughter have on hand?  

A:  It is very important that your son/daughter has the following:

  1. Proof of medical insurance - a copy of your health insurance card will do. If you do not have insurance, you may obtain coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act through your state of residence's web site.
  2. Name of area pharmacies which accept your insurance policy
  3. Area hospitals which accept your insurance plan
  4. List of medicines, side effects, and medicine allergies
  5. You may also want to provide your son or daughter with a Flu kit - see ready.gov for complete list.

Health Center Insurance Information

What does the Affordable Care Act (ACA) do for you as a young adult?

  • Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) you may be eligible to stay on your parent’s health insurance plan or be newly enrolled in your parent’s plan.  ACA extends the time that dependents are allowed to stay on parent plans from age 19 to age 26.
  • If your parents don’t have health insurance the Affordable Care Act (ACA) gives you options.  To see those options go to:  https://www.healthcare.gov/.  You can sign up right on this site for your choice of three different plans. 

ACA Deadlines:

  • March 31, 2014: 2014 open enrollment ends
  • November 15, 2014: Proposed date for 2015 open enrollment to start
  • January 15, 2015: Proposed date for 2015 open enrollment to end

ACA Penalties:

If you don’t have qualifying health insurance by March 31, 2014, you will be charged a penalty.   The penalty will be 1% of your yearly income or $95.00 for the year, whichever is higher.  Be aware that the penalty increases every year you don’t have health insurance and you have to pay 100% of any health care costs incurred while you don’t have health insurance.   

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