Information for Parents
Cost of student health care is carefully monitored to keep charges below those of private practice offices in the community. Student health care is funded in part through privilege fees paid upon enrollment. Visits to the health care provider for consultation only or for short appointments are generally at no charge, however equipment, materials and testing will incur a charge as well as lengthy visits such as physical examinations. Additionally, ancillary services (Pharmacy, Laboratory, Physical Therapy, Allergy & Immunization, X-ray, Dietary Counseling) are charged to the student at a reduced rate. These ancillary services can be billed to your health insurance carrier and Pharmacy charges to your prescription insurance.
A Kansas State University student has been diagnosed with mumps disease. The staff of Lafene Health Center, the Riley County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are working together to provide information to the campus and surrounding community about the symptoms of mumps, how it is transmitted and what students and others can do to prevent the spread of this infection. Click here for more information.
Note: Students must sign a Records release form for disclosure of protected health information [pdf] in order for health information to be released to parents/guardians. (This includes discussing information with the health care provider.)
Billing for services
Health resource links
Medical (Health) history form
New student information letter
Release of information
The health center administers allergy injections at regularly scheduled times. Your physician must supply written, detailed instructions. Contact the Allergy and Immunization Clinic for further information.
Students are seen by appointment. This has proven to reduce the waiting time to see a health care provider. Same day care is available on a limited basis. Patients without an appointment will initially be screened by a healthcare professional to determine the urgency of their need for care. They may be put in to see a provider that day or at the next available appointment.
Without an appointment, the wait time may be lengthy and is dependent on the number of patients waiting to be seen and the severity of their condition. To avoid a potentially lengthy wait time, please call ahead (785.532.6544).
Your student will be billed (by mail) for health care services rendered. These bills will not be mailed to parents, unless specificallly requested by the student.
If your student NEEDS health insurance:
The Kansas Board of Regents offers health insurance for students at a reduced cost through the Statewide Student Health Insurance Plan.
If your student IS COVERED by your policy:
Each health insurance policy has various guidelines regarding reimbursement and payment for health care. It is best to call your health insurance provider to obtain this information. Our office can submit commercial health insurance claims provided with complete and current medical insurance information, providing the insurance company has a USA address. However, there may also be certain contractual reimbursement systems with which the Health Center does not have a payment arrangement. Check with the Health Center's insurance personnel for more information.
The Medical (Health) history form should be completed and signed by the student prior to the student receiving services. It is often easier (and highly recommended) to have this form on file at Lafene before the student is injured or ill.
Only non-confidential information can be released without the written authorization of the patient. Information which can be released includes:
- Birth date
- Verification of care (dates and times of admission and dismissal)
- Attending physician
- Immunization dates (may be released to patient only)
All other information requires that an Records Release for Disclosure of Protected Health Information [pdf] be completed and signed by the patient. Completed and signed forms may be faxed to 785.532.3425 according to Lafene's Fax Policy.
Beginning fall 2012--All newly admitted Kansas State University students are required by Kansas Statute 65-129e to complete TB screening before entering the university. (International students will complete TB testing as indicated in the next section.)
Tuberculosis (TB) testing:
Tuberculosis screening via a laboratory test (and x-ray when indicated), will be required prior to enrollment for all students who have spent more than three months in a country with a high incidence of TB. If you are uncertain if you need to be tested, please contact Lafene for assistance. Testing is encouraged (but not required) if the student has spent less than three months in a high-risk country. Any persons who accompanied the student to a high-risk area (e.g. spouse) are encouraged to be tested.
Refer to Lafene's TB Testing Policy Summary for more information.
The Centers for Disease Control and American College Health Association recommend that young adults consider the following immunizations or screenings cited before entering college at the following websites:
These vaccinations/tests can be obtained from your local physician, health department, or Lafene Health Center (call 785-532-6544 for an appointment).
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has made the following immunization recommendations for young adults. Be sure that your vaccinations are up to date. These vaccinations can be obtained from your local physician, health department or through Lafene Health Center's Allergy & Immunization Clinic.
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella: All entering college students born after 1957 should have had two vaccinations with the combination vaccine for these diseases (MMR vaccine).
- Tetanus-Diphtheria- Pertussis: After the initial series, a Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td) booster is needed every ten years. A dose of Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap) is recommended once in adolescence or adulthood in place of the Td booster.
- Polio: This vaccine is routinely given to all infants. A booster may be needed for foreign travel after age 18.
- Varicella: Chickenpox can be a severe (even fatal) disease in adults. If you have not had the disease, this vaccination is recommended (two injections one month apart). Some persons are immune even though they are not aware they had the disease. If you prefer to see if you are immune, a blood test is available. Persons with a negative result should be vaccinated.
- Meningitis: Neisseria Meningitidis causes a rare but severe and frequently fatal disease called Meningitis. While this disease is no more common in college students than in the general population (about 1 in 100,000 students), it is more common in freshmen that live in residence halls.
"It is the policy of the Board of Regents of the State of Kansas that incoming students residing in student housing at a Regents' institution be vaccinated for meningitis or sign a waiver refusing receipt of the meningitis vaccine. Kansas State University is a Regents institution and is subject to the above policy." (from Housing and Dining Services Contract.) *This policy is referring to the MCV4 vaccine which covers strains A,C,Y, and W135 of the Neisseria Meningitidis bacteria. It does NOT refer to the Meningococcal B vaccine.
- Meningitis information for K-State students/parents/guardians
- CDC - Vaccines Needed by Teens and College Students
- CDC Vaccine Information Statement - Meningococcal Vaccine
The Meningococcal Vaccine is available at Lafene Health Center's Allergy and Immunization Clinic.
- Hepatitis B: This disease can be acutely fatal, or cause liver cancer many years later. Many students have already been vaccinated for this disease. This vaccine is recommended for all college students who have not had the disease or prior immunization. It is spread through blood, blood products, injection drug use (sharing needles) or sexual contact.
- Flu shots: Flu shots are recommended for all persons who want to reduce the risk of becoming ill with the flu or reduce the risk of spreading the flu to others.
Cost and availability information will be made known through Lafene Health Center's Allergy and Immunization Clinic beginning in October.