Student Health Insurance

Central Oregon Community College does not offer student health insurance. At the same time, the college does not require students to have health insurance coverage in order to enroll in courses and to participate in related activities and events. 

COCC’s insurance company has informed us that due to the Affordable Health Care Act, the benefits that must be provided by the act, the costs, and the risks that the insurance companies must take in providing the coverage, insurance companies will no longer be able to provide student health care insurance for higher education. 

If this changes, COCC’s insurance company will let us know and direct us to which insurance company is offering coverage for students in higher education. 

Therefore, at this time there will not be any student health care brochures available for students. 

Local Medical Resources  

Limited physical and mental health services for in-district residents are also offered at low or minimal costs through the Deschutes County Health Services Office . Please visit their website for locations, hours and services: Deschutes County Health. One of their offices is located conveniently in downtown Bend, easily accessible by CET* bus (Route 11 - Stop B "Galveston at Franklin".) 

Bend Memorial Clinic - Westside offers both routine medical services by appointment and after hours urgent care. They are located nearby, less than 10 minutes by car and are a designated stop on the CET* bus (Route 11 - Stop C.) 

Mosaic Medical offers accessible quality medical care and their fees are based on a sliding scale for qualifying patients with limited or no insurance.  Their offices are located just two blocks from the CET Hawthorne Station.

Bend's local hospital, St. Charles Medical Center is located on the eastside. It is not located directly on the CET bus line, so is best accessed by car as it is not within walking distance.

Volunteers in Medicine of Central Oregon provides healthcare on a donation basis to working adults in Deschutes County with no medical insurance or means to pay for care.

Cover Oregon Health Insurance Information for Higher Ed Students

Contact the Student Life Office at (541) 383-7590 if you have more questions. 


* An unlimited use monthly Zone 1 CET pass normally sells for $30 to the general public. The college has an agreement for our students that allows COCC to supplement this cost and sell them to students for just $10. Not only is this a great value - it also eliminates the need to find parking on campus! To view maps of the CET routes, visit the website for Cascades East Transit.

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