Experts discussed health care at USC and how recent legislation could affect students at a panel hosted by the Graduate Student Government on Wednesday.According to Dr. Larry Neinstein, executive director of the University Park Health Center and associate dean of student affairs, total visits to the health center each year have risen from 30,000 in 1995 to 90,000. The number of students insured by USC has also risen from 3,000 students in 1995 to 22,000.Expansion · Dr. Larry Neinstein, executive director of the University Park Health Center, said USC wants to expand insured dental services. – Chris Roman | Daily TrojanThe new health center facility is expected to open next January, allowing all health care services to be located in the same vicinity.“Having that new building will really help. Right now, all the medical services are all over the place, and it’s confusing,” said Adriana Ardy, a graduate student studying public health.Neinstein said the health canter provides a number of services for students, including unlimited primary and urgent care, labs, radiology, physical therapy, specialty clinics, health promotion and counseling.Rynicia Wilson, a graduate student studying law, said the health center could better inform students about these services.“It would help to make students aware of what benefits [they are] entitled to,” Wilson said. “The only reason I know about them is because I was an undergrad here. I just know that as a grad student, I get a bill that says health insurance, and I pay it.”Students at the event also said university dental care was not comprehensive enough. Neinstein said the university is hoping to increase dental benefits to those with USC health insurance next year.Paula Swinford, director of the Office for Wellness and Health Promotion, also emphasized a new initiative, Be Well USC, which was introduced in April 2011. The campaign focuses on wellness, health promotion and prevention.[Correction: A previous version of this article said Paula Swinford is the director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, an academic department. She is the director of the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.]“The program is really a collaborative effort,” Swinford said. “There are things that have nothing to do with health care that will determine whether or not you are healthy.”Panelists addressed how students will be affected by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health care act signed by Obama in March 2010. Under the new law, young adults will be able to stay on a parent’s health insurance roughly until the age of 26.“This is a very important provision because if you look at the data, the highest percentage [of uninsured people] are in the young adult category, and you can imagine why,” said Dr. Michael Cousineau, director for the center of community health studies. “Students graduate, get their degrees, they’re going to be competing, they might not get a job right away in this economy. If they have to pay for a plan themselves, they are not going to want to shell out $300 a month when they’re trying to get their feet on the ground.”Also, the advent of the Health Benefit Exchange, an online government program that is part of the PPACA and is still under construction, would allow for businesses to easily provide health insurance for employees. An easier method of selecting health care plans could benefit students entering the workforce, Cousineau said.
Three Trojans — Gussie Johns and Kerrigan Miller of women’s lacrosse and Gabby Smith of women’s tennis — were honored as Players of the Week by their respective conferences after their play last week. Johns, a junior goaltender, was named MPSF Defensive Player of the Week, while Miller, a freshman midfielder, was named MPSF Rookie of the Week. Smith, a junior, also earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.Johns and Miller were recognized after their stellar play over the weekend, leading the No. 3 USC women’s lacrosse team (2-0) to a big 11-10 overtime win against rival No. 9 Northwestern.Johns, a junior goalie for the Trojans and current member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, made a handful of key stops against the Wildcats on Saturday, including a crucial one-on-one save early in the overtime period to keep USC’s winning hopes alive. The Washington, D.C. native led the nation in goals-against average last season (6.04) and has maintained that level of play in 2017. In the game against Northwestern, Johns recorded career-highs of 17 saves and eight ground balls to keep the Wildcats’ high-powered offense at bay. Those 17 saves (on 35 shots) accounted for the second most saves in a single game in USC history, while the eight ground balls tied the program record and was the third-highest total in MPSF conference history. The Defensive Player of the Week award is the third of Johns’ career and her fourth award overall.Miller, the top-ranked recruit in the country coming out of Bayport-Blue Point High School in Bayport, N.Y., has lived up to the billing in this early part of the 2017 season. In addition to scoring the first hat trick of her career on Saturday, the freshman midfielder caused three turnovers and recorded two ground balls and one draw control in addition to scoring the game-winning goal with just four seconds left in overtime. For her efforts, Miller was also named InsideLacrosse National Rookie of the Week. This marks the freshman’s first career MPSF weekly award, and she is the school’s first Rookie of the Week since Johns was selected in March of 2015.Johns, Miller and the rest of the Trojans will now head out east when they battle against No. 4 Florida in Gainesville, Fla. on Friday at 3:30 p.m.In addition, Gabby Smith, a junior on the women’s tennis team, earned her second Pac-12 Player of the Week honor this season after extending her winning streak to 10 straight matches over the weekend. The Henderson, Nev., native is currently ranked No. 25 in the nation in singles play after gutting out a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win against Terri Fleming of UCLA on Saturday.Smith has been USC’s most consistent contributor this spring, defeating five nationally ranked competitors over the course of the season. She is also currently ranked No. 47 nationally in doubles play with senior partner Zöe Katz. The nod is the third of Smith’s career all-time and her second weekly honor in 2017 after winning the same award on Jan. 23. Now, she and the rest of the Trojans will gear up for a big matchup against California in Berkeley, Calif. at noon on Saturday.