Frequently Asked Health Questions
Q: Is medical insurance needed or billed to use the health & wellness center?
A: No, services are available to all enrolled students that pay a health fee. No medical billing is done at the SHWC. You do not need to have insurance to use Student Health & Wellness Services as your prepaid student health fee covers many services. However, your student health fee does not cover hospital care, referrals to specialists, dental, vision, or emergency transportation. For these reasons, we strongly recommend you obtain supplemental health insurance.
Q: Do I need Medical Insurance?
A: Absolutely, 100% YES! The Nurse Practitioner will refer you to the appropriate medical provider, as needed, within your insurance network for complex and chronic conditions. If you do not have medical insurance, the health center staff will provide you with your health insurance options, including low cost medical, dental, and vision plans & private student insurance. The Health & Wellness Center will work collaboratively with your medical provider treating minor illnesses and injuries, as well as, preventative health care services, and will refer you out for chronic and complex conditions.
Q: What if I do not have Medical Insurance?
A: Medical Insurance is not needed for medical services at the SHWC. Students without medical insurance are encouraged to make an appointment at the Student Helath & Wellness Center. We will help you understand your insurance options and find a no cost/low cost health plan that you are able to afford.Our Nurse Practitioner will work with you to keep you healthy & well and referrals will be provided to medical specialists in the community as needed.
Q: Are any services available to faculty and staff of the college?
A: Tuberculosis tests are available and the $25 charge is billed to the district for continuing employees.
Q: Do student pay for TB tests?
A: No, PPD tests are free for students
Q: Are blood tests done at the Student Health Center?
A: Tests are ordered and paid for at the Health & Wellness Center. The blood is drawn at Quest Diagnostics Drawing stations located throughout the Tri-Valley.
Q: Who pays the health fees?
In accordance with state community college regulations, all enrolled students will be charged a Health Service Fee of $17 per semester. This fee is used to support health services for enrolled students. In accordance with State Assembly Bill 982 and Section 76355 of the State Education Code, exemptions are only granted for the following: Students who depend exclusively upon prayer for healing in accordance with the teachings of a bona fide religious sect, denomination, or organization; and students who are attending Las Positas College under an approved apprenticeship training program. Written documentation must be provided to the Dean of Enrollment Services (Admissions & Records), Bldg. 1600, Rm 1670.
Q: Who are the providers and what are their credentials?
Robert Santos MD- Medical Director, ValleyCare Occupational Health Services
Dr. Santos received his medical degree from George Washington School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. He is board certified in internal medicine and is an active staff member at ValleyCare Hospital. He has been in private practice in the Tri-Valley for over 15 years.
Dayna Barbero PHN, FNP-C: LPC Student Health & Wellness Center
Dayna Barbero is a Nationally Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She has a broad range of health care experience and has been practicing as a Nurse Practitioner for over 12 years. She finshed graduate school with honors in 2000. Her medical specialties are public health & preventative medicine. NP Barbero serves on the Governor's Prevention Advisory Council (GPAC) representing California Community Colleges. Her medical philosophy is adopted from the American College Health Association (ACHA) " Prevent when possible, treat when needed, and empower always". She believes strongly that the secret to good health is achieved by consistently striving to "live well" mind, body, and spirit.