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Using SHP

Get your SHP ID card

Your SHP ID card will not automatically be mailed to you. Download your card here ... and remember to carry it with you at all times.

Get to know your plan

2017-2018 plan information:

Find more helpful information for Cornell students on Aetna's website.

Accessing care in Ithaca

At Cornell Health:

For Ithaca students and spouses/domestic partners enrolled in SHP, Cornell Health is your primary care provider. SHP members can access nearly all medical and mental health services at Cornell Health for just a $10 visit copay. Learn more:

Except in an emergency – or when you need specialty services not offered at Cornell Health – start at Cornell Health to make the most out of your plan.

Other Ithaca-area providers:

If you need to see a specialist or another provider in the Ithaca area, use Aetna's DocFind to search for participating providers (include the zip code of the area where services will be received, and select "Student Health Plans" as the health plan type). Typically, there is a $25 copay for medical visits and a $10 copay for mental health visits. SHP also provides coverage for non-participating providers, usually with a 30% co-insurance.

Cornell Health staff can also help refer you to other providers in the community, although referrals are NOT necessary to use your SHP benefits. Call 607 255-5155 during business hours and ask to speak with a staff person who can give you a referral.

Accessing care outside of Ithaca

Anywhere in the United States:

SHP provides excellent coverage in New York City, Geneva, and anywhere else you might live, study, or travel.

Use Aetna's DocFind to search for participating providers in your area (include the zip code of the area where services will be received, and select "Student Health Plans" as the health plan type). Typically, there is a $25 copay for medical visits and a $10 copay for mental health visits. SHP also provides coverage for non-participating providers, usually with a 30% co-insurance.

Outside of the United States:

Please visit our Care Outside of Ithaca page to learn about accessing care outside of the United States.

Learn more

Use the links in the left-hand menu bar to learn more about how you can use your SHP benefits.

If you have any questions about how to access services, what SHP covers or does not cover, what you must do to get maximum coverage, or any other aspect of this plan, please contact Aetna Student Health or Cornell's Office of Student Health Benefits. We are here to help. 


Contact Information

Student Health Benefits
Cornell Health
110 Ho Plaza, Level 6
Ithaca, NY 14853