General Medical Information

Military Medical Facilities in Monterey are very limited.

The only available military medical facility in Monterey is the Presidio of Monterey Army Health Clinic (POMAHC).  All active duty military are required to seek assistance at the clinic before going to a civilian doctor unless it is an immediate or life-threatening emergency.  Please note that there are no emergency services at POMAHC.  The clinic will provide a referral to a civilian facility if treatment is beyond the capabilities of the clinic.  The POMAHC does not provide care for family members.

There is no full-service military hospital on the Monterey Peninsula.  The nearest full-service military treatment facility (MTF) is located at Travis AFB (outside Sacramento, approximately 3-½ hours driving time); referrals are required from POMAHC to access any medical care at Travis AFB.  This is especially critical when dealing with pregnancy related treatment (particularly baby delivery).  

International Military Student Procedures

International Military Students are eligible and are required to use the POMAHC for their health needs and must schedule appointments for all routine and urgent health care needs unless referred to a civilian facility by a military doctor at the POMAHC.  All non-emergency after-hour care must be coordinated with the Nurse Advice Line by dialing (800) 874-2273 Option 1. For emergency care (threat to life, limb, eyesight), members should go to the closest available Emergency Room, which for the Monterey Peninsula is the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) or dial 911.  Please note that health coverage for international students is based upon agreements between the United States Government and their home country.  Billing procedures may vary from country to country, particularly for referrals to civilian doctors.  For more information, please contact Michael Webb, Health Benefits Advisor, (831) 656-2416,

International Military Family Member Medical Information

Active duty family members are able to get medical care at the Presidio of Monterey Pediatric Clinic located inside the Major General William H. Gourley VA -DoD Outpatient Clinic, in nearby Marina, CA.  Appointments are made by calling 866-957-2256. International officers with families will need to use civilian facilities for emergency treatment, as there are no emergency services available at that location. 

Medical Care for Civilian Students

The Presidio of Monterey Army Health Clinic does not see civilian students. Civilian students will need to seek medical treatment with a civilian physician. It is recommended that unless it is an emergency involving broken limbs, irregular heartbeat or breathing, etc. that they first seek treatment at a local urgent care facility. For emergencies as noted above, or for treatment after hours, the student would go to the nearest Emergency Room (Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP)).

Your ITO should have the mailing address for your bills. The treating physician/facility may or may not bill the responsible agency directly. If after receiving treatment, you receive medical bills, please bring them to the Health Benefits Advisor, Michael Webb, so he can forward them for payment. If you pay for any treatment and/or prescriptions yourself, you will need to bring your receipts to the Health Benefits Advisor’s office and fill out a claim for reimbursement from which we will submit so you can be reimbursed.

Medical Insurance for Dependents (and IMS) not Covered by the FMS Case or the Foreign Government

In accordance with DSCA Policy Memorandum 11-32, International Military Students, Civilians, and Authorized Dependents Healthcare Coverage, DSCA Policy Memorandum, dated 15 Aug 2011, international students whose dependent medical costs are not covered by their government or the FMS Case, need to provide proof of dependent medical insurance to the Security Cooperation Office at the US Embassy in their country before their dependents can be authorized on their ITO.  Upon arrival at NPS, the student will be required to provide a copy of their insurance policy.  The policy needs to be in effect for the duration of their stay at NPS, and must meet the requirements as listed in the paragraphs below.

Minimum requirements for medical insurance

  • Medical benefits of at least $400,000 per year, per person.  Duration of policy must be for minimum of one year or remainder of time left at NPS, whichever is less.
  • Annual deductible not to exceed $1,000 per family.
  • Students with accompanying spouses (or female students) must also have pregnancy insurance (in addition to basic medical insurance policy) if planning to get pregnant while in Monterey.
  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $50,000 per person, should a death occur in the US.    Note:  this would provide for the preparation and transportation of remains to home country.
  • Medical evacuation in the amount of $250,000 per person in the event insured must be returned to his/her home country due to a serious medical condition.
  • Policies must be payable in us dollars at amounts specified in current DSCA policy and not foreign currency that, due to exchange rates, could be in lesser amounts when converted into dollars.
  • Insurance must pay benefits to a department of defense medical facility if appropriate.
  • Health insurance policy must be in English and be recognized as an international company and have a POC in the United States.


  • Because of the new higher cost medical policies now in effect, NPS requested and received a waiver for the requirement for dependent pregnancy coverage (Dec 2010).  This means that you do not have to have pregnancy insurance for your wife, while you are attending NPS if you are not planning to have a baby.
  • However, the waiver comes with the stipulation that if your wife becomes pregnant and does not have coverage as required by the U.S. Dept of Defense Regulations, she will be directed to return home immediately.  Failure to notify the IGPO of impending pregnancy as soon as you become aware will result in disenrollment.
  • If you are planning to have a baby, and all costs associated with pregnancy are not covered by your government (as indicated on your ITO) you need to secure pregnancy insurance prior to your wife getting pregnant.  Foreign military/foreign civilians and their family members are qualified for pregnancy insurance coverage within 60 days of arrival to the United States or during the open enrollment period usually November 15-February 15.
  • Pregnancy insurance requirements are as follows:

  • Pregnancy insurance must include coverage of pre and post-natal care, as well as delivery, of at least $250,000 (this is in addition to the $400,000 minimum coverage for basic medical insurance).
  • If medical costs are paid by your country, country will be notified of impending pregnancy through official channels.
  • If a spouse becomes pregnant while at NPS, the student will notify the international programs office immediately.  If medical costs are paid by the country, country will be notified of pregnancy.
  • Unless ITO specifically states foreign government or FMS case will pay all costs related to that pregnancy and delivery, spouses who are pregnant prior to departure for Monterey must present proof of complete pregnancy coverage prior to being authorized as an accompanying dependent on the ITO.
Please Note: International students and their dependents while attending NPS are not authorized to participate in U.S. federal or state medical/dental programs (this includes, but is not limited to: AIMMedicaid, MediCal and other Federal/State programs).  Seaside Public Health Center is off limits.

Monterey Area Medical Services

Linked below are the recommended civilian hospitals in the Monterey Area:

Linked below are the Urgent Care facilities available in Monterey:

Doctors on Duty – no appointments needed
Several locations in Monterey, Seaside and Marina.   Hours vary by location.