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Student Extended Network Moving to First Health

The Student Extended Network Program is available for dependent students who leave our service area for 90 consecutive days or more to attend a college, university, technical school, or vocational school. Effective 7/1/2021, they’ll have access to in-network care through the national First Health network while at school for no additional cost.

Participation will start August 1st, 2021 for those who submit forms before the academic school year begins. Otherwise, participation will be effective the first day of the following month after we receive the student verification form.

The Student Extended Network Program is automatically included for fully insured small and large groups for no additional fee. Self-funded groups can choose to add the program for no administrative fee. An additional cost for use of the First Health network will apply. Self-funded groups who are interested in opting in to the program should contact their client consultants.

We have sent letters to previously enrolled employees to let them know it’s time to renew their dependents’ participation in the program. If a dependent will no longer be attending school outside of our service area, employees don’t need to do anything. Their participation in the program automatically ended, and we have sent a new ID card for the dependent to use in the standard Health Alliance network.

If you have questions, contact us at or by calling (877) 917-8489. Employees should call the customer service number on the back of their ID cards with questions.