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​​Insurance Renewal

International students are required to purchase the insurance policy that is offered through the International Center.  This policy is provided by Ascension Insurance Servic​es via Geo Blue. 

If you need to renew your insurance, you may come by the International Center, or go to Ascension Insurance Services' website to renew your policy.  Please be sure to renew your insurance before your current policy expires, otherwise a hold will be placed on your account, which will prohibit registration/transcript request, etc. 

If you are purchasing your policy online, please select "Orange Coast College" as your school; select the policy year you are purchasing, and proceed with your payment information. 
Upon processing your payment for insurance, you will be emailed a confirmation notice from Ascension Insurance Services Inc., please forward this email to the International Center at: in order for your hold to be removed from your account.  ​Please be sure to include your Student ID number for faster processing.

Using Your Insurance Policy 

The Medical Insurance policy has been carefully chosen and designed for the needs of international students.  It will cover necessary expenses for Medical Illnesses, injuries, mental health counseling, 50% cost of prescriptions, & preventative care (from Fall 2017 onward).  

How do I get my insurance ID card?

You will receive an email from GeoBlue at the start of each semester notifying you to download your ID card. You may also set up an account at to access your ID card any time. If you need to seek medical treatment before you receive notice that your ID card is active, please contact Ascension at (800) 537-1777 to obtain your insurance ID number.

What should I do if I need to see a doctor?

If open, the OCC Health Center is the preferred first step for non-emergency issues. All enrolled OCC or IEC@OCC students can use the OCC Health Center.

If you cannot visit the OCC Health Center first, seek medical care from an innetwork doctor or urgent care. Remember, in order for a medical bill to be paid at 100% after copays when you seek treatment offcampus, the doctor or hospital you visit must be a member of the Preferred Provider Organization (Blue Card PPO Basic, part of Blue Cross Blue Shield).

What if it is an emergency, such as an accident or

life-threatening situation?

In the case of an emergency go to the nearest hospital or call 911. You may receive treatment at any hospital. There is also a $100 copay for each hospital visit, inpatient or outpatient. Each emergency
room visit has a $100 copay per visit (waived if admitted to hospital).

More Questions?

If you need more information on how to use your policy, find a doctor or how to submit a claim form, visit the Ascension website. Under "Helpful Quick Links", you can find guides such as "How to Use Your Insunrace" and FAQ. There is also a glossary of insurance terms, a medication translator, an app and other helpful information.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the OCC Health Center (medical questions) or the Global Engagement Center (insurance questions). If you are seriously injured or have a serious illness please get treatment then let a Global Engagement Center staff know so that we can assist you in letting your professors know & help coordinate any student support services. 

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