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Dental Benefits: For Students Enrolled in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan

Students enrolled in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan have access to covered preventive dental services and specially discounted rates for other dental needs through ColumbiaDoctors Dentistry.

Platinum Level of Coverage Includes:

  • One routine dental examination per academic year.  Note addresses below.
  • X-rays, as needed, and with routine exam
  • One dental cleaning (prophylaxis) per academic year
  • Evaluation of emergency dental conditions, including relief of pain
  • A $10 copay per visit
  • A 25% discount off self-pay fees on additional services

Gold Level of Coverage Includes:

  • One routine dental examination per academic year.  Note addresses below.
  • X-rays, as needed, and with routine exam
  • One dental cleaning (prophylaxis) per academic year
  • Evaluation of emergency dental conditions, including relief of pain
  • A $20 copay per visit
  • A 10% discount off self-pay fees on additional services

These dental benefits are operated by ColumbiaDoctors Dentistry and are not underwritten by Aetna or administered by Aetna Student Health.

Dental Benefits: For Students Not Enrolled in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan

Students not enrolled in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan may enroll in The Columbia Student Dental Plan offered by ColumbiaDoctors Dentistry for $180 per plan year. The Columbia Student Dental Plan includes:

  • Two routine examinations per plan year at Vanderbilt Clinic (212-305-6100) or Morningside Clinic (212-961-1266). Note addresses below.
  • X-rays as needed and with the routine examinations
  • Two dental cleanings (prophylaxis) per plan year
  • Evaluation of emergency dental conditions and emergency pain relief
  • No copay for preventive visit
  • A 25% discount off self pay additional services

These dental benefits are operated by ColumbiaDoctors Dentistry and are not underwritten by Aetna or administered by Aetna Student Health.

ColumbiaDoctors Dentistry offers:

  • Care provided by faculty and postgraduate residents of Columbia’s College of Dental Medicine
  • Convenient locations near the Morningside and Health Science campuses
  • Comprehensive care including all specialty services
  • No claim forms to complete
  • No requirement to choose a primary care dentist

Locations:

When calling, please mention that you are a current CUMC student.

Faculty Practice

100 Haven Avenue

New York, NY 10032

(212) 342-0107

Morningside Heights Practice

1244 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY 10027

(212) 865-8467

Midtown Practice

51 West 51st Street, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10019

(212) 326-8520

Vanderbilt Clinic

622 West 168th Street

New York, NY 10032

(212) 305-6100

Morningside Heights Practice

430 West 116th Street

New York, NY 10027

(212) 662-4887

 

Voluntary Dental

Due to an administrative issue by Aetna, the voluntary Dental PPO plan was withdrawn on August 28, 2017 and is currently unavailable.  If you had already signed up, you should have or will be receiving a call and a mailing directly from Aetna regarding your options and coverage.  If you have not yet received any communication, you are encouraged to call Aetna at 1-800-859-8471.

We are expecting an updated plan to become available at a later time this academic year and we will let students know when this occurs.  The plan will be available at a pro-rated premium.

In the interim, Aetna is offering the Vital Savings by Aetna discount plan for purchase to all Columbia students.  Learn more and enroll on the Aetna website.  All students who enroll in the discount plan will have the option to either retain the discount plan or purchase the Dental PPO plan when it becomes available. 

Vision: Aetna VisionSM Discount Program

 

Available to all students, fellows, spouses or dependents enrolled in the Student Health Insurance plans. Coverage provides access to discounted prices for many eye care products, including sunglasses, contact lenses, non-prescription sunglasses, contact lens solutions and other eye care accessories. Plus, you can receive up to a 15% discount on LASIK surgery (the laser vision correction procedure). A listing of participating providers is available through the DocFind© feature.

The Aetna Vision℠ Discount Program providers closest to the CUMC Campus are:

Optical Express
3929 Broadway
(212) 568-4693
 
Broadway Vision Center
4047 Broadway
(212) 927-2020
 
LensCrafters
2770 Broadway
(212) 678-0530