International Student Services

Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

Los Angeles Pierce College (LAPC) or the "college" F-1 Visa International Students are insured through a Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) mandated policy offered by LewerMark 1-800-821-7710.

The Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is designed to cover most medical expenses in case of accident and/or illness. Certain exceptions may apply. Coverage periods for Fall/Winter semesters are Aug. 15-Jan. 31, and for Spring/Summer semesters, Feb. 1-Aug. 14. An insurance representative provides information about coverage during the mandatory orientation for new international students.

The cost for a 6-month period of coverage is US$678. Costs are subject to change. Students are automatically billed for health insurance upon enrollment every Fall and Spring semester, payable to the college. Purchasing this plan is for your protection since healthcare in the U.S. can be very costly without insurance. There are no waivers for the LACCD insurance policy (LACCD Board Rule 2309.30). Even if you have another form of health insurance, you will still be required to purchase college-issued medical insurance.

Once international student registration is verified by the College District, the student can obtain their insurance member ID card.

About your Policy & Insurance Member ID Card

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Coverage Dates

  • Fall 2021 semester coverage: August 15-January 31, 2022
  • Spring 2022 semester coverage: Februray 1-August 14, 2022

Your medical provider is Aetna.

Beginning August 15, 2021, you can view your LewerMark benefits and plan information on the LewerMark website.

Insurance policy and claims benefits prior to August 15, 2021 can be viewed on the Gallagher website.

Understanding Health Insurance in the U.S.

The health care system in the U.S. is quite different than in most other countries. Please watch these useful videos for more information about how to use health care.

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