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Graduate Assistant Health Benefits John Chambers Director of Administration Contact info – Graduate School Email: [email protected] Phone: 348-8282 Office: 101 Rose Administration http://www.graduate.ua.edu/ Contact Info – Student Health Center Student Health Insurance Office

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Graduate Assistant Health Benefits

John Chambers

Director of Administration

Graduate School, University of Alabama


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Contact info – Graduate School

  • Email: [email protected]

  • Phone: 348-8282

  • Office: 101 Rose Administration

  • http://www.graduate.ua.edu/

Graduate School, University of Alabama


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Contact Info – Student Health Center

  • Student Health Insurance Office

  • Room 210, Student Health Center

  • 750 Fifth Avenue East

  • Phone: 348-2158

  • http://www.ua.edu/academic/colleges/cchs/cchs/hc/

Graduate School, University of Alabama


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The Benefits

  • New for fall 2006

  • UA will provide at no cost single coverage health insurance

  • For qualifying graduate assistants

  • Must apply for the benefit by August 31st

  • Scheme provided by Viva

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The Benefits (contd.)

  • Qualifying assistants may choose to remain covered by another insurance policy

  • Must formally accept or decline the free coverage

  • Smallest period of coverage is a semester

Graduate School, University of Alabama


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The Benefits (contd.)

  • Fall semester coverage runs from August 1st through January 31st

  • Spring semester coverage runs from February 1st through July 31st

  • If appointed for 9 months, coverage runs for 12 months

  • Option to extend coverage to family for an additional cost

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Who qualifies to receive the benefit?

  • Graduate Teaching Assistants supported through academic affairs

  • Graduate Research Assistants funded through contracts & grants

  • Other departmental Graduate Assistants supported through “soft” money

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Academic Qualifications

  • Same as regular criteria for holding an assistantship

  • GPA of at least 3.0

  • Enrolled in minimum number of hours’ classes

  • Degree-seeking status

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Points to note

  • Departmental assistantships do not automatically carry the benefit

  • Check with your supervisor to see if your assistantship qualifies

  • Assistantships with work assignments of 20 hours or more per week receive full no cost benefit

  • Assistantships with work assignments of less than 10 hours per week do NOT receive the benefit

  • Assistantships with work assignments of 10 hours per week receive HALF the benefit at no cost

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Other Points

  • Assistantships with work assignments of between 10 and 19 hours per week will receive prorated free coverage

  • Memorandum of Appointment or offer letter will include work assignment

  • Teaching Assistant appointments – FTE of appointment equates to hours per week

  • 0.50 FTE = 20 hours, 0.25 = 10 hours

Graduate School, University of Alabama


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International Students

  • UA requires all international students to have medical insurance

  • Student account is normally charged automatically at start of semester

  • Student must pay or provide proof of own coverage at least equal to UA’s scheme

  • Those GA’s who now receive free benefit will have charge refunded

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For more information…

  • Graduate Assistant Health Benefit

  • http://www.graduate.ua.edu/admin/gahealthins.html

  • Student Health Center

  • http://www.ua.edu/academic/colleges/cchs/cchs/hc/start.cfm

Graduate School, University of Alabama


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Questions

  • Questions and answers

  • Contact me if further questions

  • Thank you

Graduate School, University of Alabama


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