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Graduate Assistant Health Benefits John Chambers Director of Administration Contact info – Graduate School Email: JChamber@bama.ua.edu 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

Graduate Assistant Health Benefits

John Chambers

Director of Administration

Graduate School, University of Alabama

contact info graduate school
Contact info – Graduate School
  • Email: JChamber@bama.ua.edu
  • Phone: 348-8282
  • Office: 101 Rose Administration
  • http://www.graduate.ua.edu/

Graduate School, University of Alabama

contact info student health center
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

the benefits
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

Graduate School, University of Alabama

the benefits contd
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

the benefits contd6
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

Graduate School, University of Alabama

who qualifies to receive the benefit
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

Graduate School, University of Alabama

academic qualifications
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

Graduate School, University of Alabama

points to note
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

Graduate School, University of Alabama

other points
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

international students
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

Graduate School, University of Alabama

for more information
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

questions
Questions
  • Questions and answers
  • Contact me if further questions
  • Thank you

Graduate School, University of Alabama