Well-being info for Fall 2023 grads

| December 13, 2023

Congrats on your impending (or recent) graduation from Johns Hopkins! As you end your journey as a student and begin life as an alum, we want you to continue to care for your multi-dimensional well-being.   

Here are some tips to guide your transition into post-Hopkins life as it relates to university resources.  

KNOW YOUR DEADLINES.

Resources available through your graduation day:

Resources with different end dates:

Calm and SilverCloud. Access to these two platforms is connected to your JHED ID. JHED IDs remain active until 180 days after your graduation date, so you will be able to access these resources until that time.

  • After your premium access to Calm ends when your JHED ID expires, you can still access some of Calm’s content for free or pay for premium content (which is what the Hopkins access provides). Subscription rates for Calm vary according to the plan you buy.
  • SilverCloud only provides institutional subscriptions; there is no way to access the platform after your JHED ID expires.

Johns Hopkins University Student Health Plan. Coverage end dates vary according to a person’s specific employer (Bayview versus JHH versus JHU, etc) and/or student status. Students and trainees using this plan can contact JHUStudentBenefits@jhu.edu to confirm details.

Primary Care. Coverage end dates vary according to a person’s specific employer (Bayview versus JHH versus JHU, etc) and/or student status. Students and trainees using these clinics should contact their home clinic to confirm details.

Mental Health Services. Coverage end dates vary according to a person’s specific employer (Bayview versus JHH versus JHU, etc) and/or student status. Students and trainees using these services should contact their home clinic to confirm details.

Wellfleet Student Insurance. Students enrolled in the Fall 2023 Wellfleet plan are covered until December 31, 2023.

The Cooley Center and the Bloomberg School of Public Health 9th Floor Fitness Center (East Baltimore). These facilities welcome graduating students from annual programs (SOM, SON) for free until August 31. BSPH students, who are on a quarterly schedule, will have access to Cooley for three months (one quarter) after their graduation date. Note: the Cooley Center is slated to close in early 2024 to accommodate new construction on the East Baltimore campus. There will be new fitness centers adjacent to campus.

MAKE THE MOST OF HOPKINS WHILE YOU STILL HAVE ACCESS.

Be proactive. Get a refill on any regular prescriptions. If you’re due for an annual physical, OB-GYN exam, or any other routine doctor visit, schedule it while you still have access to those providers. Finish your SilverCloud modules. Take some fitness classes to explore what you like; that info can help inform your post-Hopkins exercise routine.

TALK TO YOUR CURRENT PROVIDERS TO SET UP A TRANSITION PLAN.

Hopkins-based clinicians are happy to work with you to find new providers who can help you maintain continuity of care, especially regarding the management of chronic conditions and maintenance of prescription drugs. The options available to you will vary according to personal post-grad circumstances. If you’ve been working with a mental health provider, talk to them about your impending graduation and what steps you can take to preserve and build upon the work that you’ve done.

NO POSTGRAD INSURANCE COVERAGE? HOPKINS CAN PROVIDE GUIDANCE.

If you will not have access to health care through an employer, educational institution, parent, guardian, or partner after your student coverage expires, Hopkins providers can offer some guidance.

Students enrolled in the Wellfleet plan are covered until December 31, 2023. If, at that time, they do not have access to benefits through an employer or a parent or guardian or legal spouse, the Primary Care staff will assist eligible students and trainees at the Homewood clinic in enrolling at Healthcare.gov or in subsidized health plans like Medicaid. In some cases, non-US citizens can enroll in these programs. In other cases, international students may need to purchase insurance coverage.

If you are not eligible for Primary Care services at the Homewood clinic, you should contact JHUStudentBenefits@jhu.edu for help with postgrad insurance eligibility.

Students who are losing eligibility for Student Health coverage due to graduation can elect up to three (3) additional months of Wellfleet coverage. Starting on January 1, 2024, students can login to their AHP Student Health account and elect continuation of coverage. Continuation of coverage must be elected by January 31.

Postdocs and house staff who are losing eligibility for health insurance will receive a COBRA enrollment packet from Wex. Postdocs and house staff will be able to extend their benefits for up to 18 months through Wex. The cost for COBRA coverage is 102% of the full cost of the plan.

Again, congratulations on your graduation. We hope that, as always, you will be well and do well in the next chapter of your life and beyond.