NJCU will begin a partnership with Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) this semester to provide additional health services to students.
At the September 1 emergency board meeting when the plan was approved, Jodi Bailey, vice president of student affairs, explained that it will not replace existing services at the health and wellness center. -be.
“Our student population needs expanded services,” Bailey said at the trustees’ meeting.
Bailey also said the partnership with JCMC will serve to provide students with better access to health services through extended hours and a more streamlined system. NJCU staff will be trained in JCMC systems and the school will also provide shuttle services to the Greenville site as needed, she said.
At the September 1 meeting, it was mentioned that the Student Government Association (SGA) would provide funding and be linked to the partnership.
“This is something that we are currently discussing with the SGA. When the SGA feels comfortable discussing it, it is their prerogative to release this information,” Bailey said in a statement regarding the SGA’s funding. “It’s not something the university expects, it’s something we seek sponsorship for, the same way any other organization would seek funding.”
SGA said in a statement, “SGA is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Jersey City Medical Center to allow students to seek the medical assistance they need without any insurance worries. Our role is to ensure that NJCU students always come first and receive the supreme care they deserve.
Thyquel Halley, president of SGA, said at their Sept. 26 meeting that they would donate $20,000 to help offset the costs of students without insurance.
Ira Thor, Senior Director of Communications, explained that the JCMC partnership would cost the school nothing since “the services are covered by health insurance – the same as an urgent care facility or a doctor” .
Many students have noticed this semester that they are no longer billed for health insurance on their tuition bills. Thor said NJCU decided to end the health insurance requirement last year and that decision was unrelated to the JCMC partnership.
He said: “Health insurance was subsidized between the University and the SGA of approximately $2.2 million as students could not afford the price. We had to make financial decisions about renewal, and the former CFO and former president determined that insurance was no longer something the university could purchase.