The Folks Come Through: My College (Health) Care Package

The Folks Come Through: My College (Health) Care Package

You are free! Nobody will tell you what time to go to bed anymore. You settled into your dorm without any tears (on your end). You haven’t gotten lost on campus yet, which is always a win. You are now officially a college student with nothing to hold you back.

You're having a great time getting to know your new roommate and classmates, and then it starts – the crud. First, it was just a little tickle at the back of your throat. Then you noticed a little pressure behind your eyes. You have picked up the germs that so many do when they start college. Now what? Where do you go now that you're feeling under the weather and not at home? What do you need to make an appointment?

Aha! You just remembered, your parents left that folder in the top drawer of your desk in your dorm room. As you open it up, you realize that they gave you a care package:

  • An ID Card – or instructions on how to order a new one
  • Immunization record – all of those cartoon bandages were apparently necessary
  • Standard Authorization Form – that you need to complete if you want someone to be able to discuss any insurance related matters with the insurance company. They even included more than one in case you need to complete another form for your doctors.

There's even information about how to find a doctor with something called a Provider Finder®.

And an app1!

Having it all on you phone is going to make it so easy. And you have a new title now – “adult dependent.” Looks like you're in charge of your own health and will need to start keeping track of it all on something called Blue Access for MembersSMYou logged in just to scope it out and found even more resources.

You don’t even have to make an appointment if you don’t have time. You can meet with an independently contracted, board-certified doctor 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via app, online video or your phone with something called a “virtual visit2,3.This is perfect with your busy class schedule.

This (health) care package is just what you needed. Your parents knew just what you would need when the time came. Now, you wonder what they’ll put in your next care package?

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Originally published 7/112018; Revised 2020, 2023