Office of International Programs

MANDATORY LewerMark Student Medical Insurance

Medical Insurance is Mandatory

All Edmonds College students with F-1 student visa status are required to purchase the school medical insurance plan, managed by the LewerMark Student Insurance. If you are in the U.S. on a vacation quarter, you are still required to purchase student medical insurance. 

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Edmonds College cannot waive the requirement for any student with F-1 status. The only exceptions are:

  • Government Sponsored Students (i.e. Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, Swedish Board of Student Finance, etc.)
  • Concurrently enrolled students with an I-20 from another school.

If you have questions about the insurance plan please visit the OIP office or contact OIP at or call 425.640.1518.

For detailed information about the plan, and to download your insurance card, please visit the LewerMark website. You can also call 1-800-821-7710, or email

Useful Links:

How to Download Your Medical Insurance ID CardExpand ContentCollapse Content
  1. Please go to this website:
  2. Click on Student Login for ID Card
  3. Login: Input your ctcLink ID number
    Password: Input your Date of Birth (mmddyyyy) (Example: your birthday is March 17, 1997- You type 03171997)
  4. Click continue
  5. Change your password, then retype it to confirm. Select a security question and answer it, then fill in your email address.
  6. Click “Update”
  7. Click on drop down list- Start Here!
  8. Select Online ID Card and print out
  9. After printing out your insurance ID card, please take a picture of it and save on your phone.

*If you are a new student, please wait 3 weeks after registration to print.

*If you have any questions, you may also contact Lewer Regional Sales Director: Laura Caferro at

  • Please remember to bring your insurance ID card when you’re going to clinic or hospital.
  • If you get a bill from clinic or hospital, please bring it to OIP and we will help you process the payment.
  • Please do not pay upfront; you only pay $20 deductible for in-network clinics and $100 for emergency room.
  • Urgent care clinics are open evenings and weekends for immediate treatments. However, for broken bones, heart attack, heavy bleeding, and unconsciousness or for any sort of sudden or very painful illnesses or serious accidents, please go to the nearest hospital.

Online Counseling Service (My SSP)

Attending school in the U.S. is a life changing experience. We understand it also comes with its challenges. Through your LewerMark Student Insurance, you have 24/7 free and confidential access to an online counselor. My SSP is here to provide confidential support any time of the day or night. They can help with every issue, from relationships and school, all the way to stress, loneliness, addiction and mental health.

Access support from anywhere and anytime, by:

Student Support Advisors:

  • Can help you anytime, anywhere with:

Adapting to new culture

Being successful at school

Relationships with friends and family

Stress, anxiety, sadness, loneliness and more

  • Speak your language
  • Understand your culture
  • Keep your information confidential
  • Can be reached through mobile and web chat, phone and video
  • Are available 24/7 for immediate or scheduled sessions, at no cost to you
  • Are experienced in supporting the unique challenges international students face

mySSP Articles and Videos

These are written and distributed by the International Student Program of Morneau Shepell. They are helpful resources to aid you. If you have any specific questions, please contact OIP at

Making New FriendsExpand ContentCollapse Content

Don’t worry. Be happy: making new friends at school

"Most students are anxious about making friends when they first move into residence. I personally didn’t sleep the night before I moved in. Fortunately, I quickly realized that there was really no need to worry at all. Now I share a residence building with eight hundred students just like myself, all wanting to meet new people and make new friends. Unlike the first day of high school when you had your best friends from elementary school with you, in first year school everyone is in the same boat. The majority of students know no more than a few friends or acquaintances and so you can feel less nervous about being the only one who hardly knows anyone there."

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Moving out on your own

"Moving out on your own can be both exciting and daunting. With independence comes emotional and financial challenges. Ensure your move out is a success with the following tried and tested tips. "

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How to manage your parents while away at university – a guide for students and parents

"Staying in touch with your parents while you’re away at university is important, but you need to come to a compromise, set boundaries and understand expectations. According to a recent study published in Springer’s Journal of Child and Family Studies, “college students with over-controlling parents are more likely to be depressed and less satisfied with their lives."

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Culture shock

"Most people who look back on their experience of living and studying/working in a new country and culture will tell you that the experience was positive and full of opportunity and personal growth. At the same time these individuals can tell you that they had to cope with the challenges of adaptation which ultimately gave them a sense of confidence and resilience, as well as new perspectives and appreciation of the world around them. They dealt with cultural adaptation and culture shock and came out stronger and more confident."

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Prioritizing and time management

"Tips and tools you can use

You can gain extra time by:

  • Doing tasks in less time than usual
  • Using time that you previously wasted
  • Carrying work materials with you for when you are waiting or have extra time
  • Planning your schedule in advance and keeping a planner or date book
  • Using a daily to-do list
  • Avoiding procrastination"

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Dealing with loneliness

"It can come as a sense of emptiness: of feeling disconnected, alone even in a crowd. Often, it's accompanied by sadness, resentment, or anxiety. New situations can trigger loneliness: a move to a new city or country or a breakup with a partner. On the other hand, loneliness can creep in when relationships and situations become repetitive or routine. Boredom and loneliness frequently go hand in hand."

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Pressure and perfectionism

"Doing well is a good thing. It’s great to be proud of your schoolwork and have it recognized and rewarded. However, when achievement becomes a constant source of stress in your life, then it has become a problem that needs attention."

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A note on effective communication

"Effective communication involves active listening, and nonverbal communication. While communication in relationships might be easier for some people, there are some ways for you to improve communication with each other. Below are some suggestions."

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At last! An article on procrastination

"Everyone procrastinates from time to time, but with attention-grabbing technology like smartphones, television, video games, etc., many people are finding it harder to resist the urge to do nothing."

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The psychological effects of being unfriended online

"As much as our online relationships enrich our lives, they can also cause emotional pain when we’re unceremoniously “unfriended.” If you’ve felt upset or insulted when someone has unfriended you on a social media site, you’re not alone.

A recent study found that the most common responses to being unfriended were:

I was surprised
It bothered me
I was amused
I felt sad"

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