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Non-Employee Graduate Students Assigned as Graduate Student Fellows

SB-29, Insurance Eligibility of Graduate Fellows was passed in the 2011 legislative session and signed by the Texas governor. Sponsored by Senator Judith Zaffirini, Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and Representative Dan Branch, Chair of the House Committee on Higher Education, the bill allows graduate students receiving certain fellowships of $10,000 or more per year to be eligible to participate in UT's group medical insurance plan (i.e., basic medical for the fellow and dependents, including dental and vision insurance). Please note that there is no funding provided to pay the medical premium for the Graduate Student Fellow. The bill just provides access to the group medical benefits plan.  The effective date for UT Austin’s implementation of the bill is September 1, 2011.

Eligibility

To qualify for insurance, you must hold one or more graduate student fellowships, awarded on a competitive basis, that either singly or in combination, provide a stipend valued at $10,000 or more per year. Your eligibility will continue as long as you hold the fellowship(s) and remain in good standing with a degree granting program.  Please visit the Graduate School web site for more information.

You must notify the Human Resource Service Center if your fellowship ends.   Your insurance will terminate at the end of the month in which the fellowship ends and you will then become eligible for COBRA continuation coverage.

If your fellowship is extended, notify the Human Resource Service Center of your extension and provide documentation of your new end date.

Insurance Coverage

You may enroll in any of the plans below.

You do not have to enroll in the medical plan in order to choose the vision or dental plans.

You may also enroll your eligible dependents in the medical, dental or vision plans.  You are not eligible for any other plans offered to employees as part of the university’s group insurance program or the university’s retirement programs.

Enrollment

Submit the following paperwork to the Human Resource Service Center within 31 calendar days of beginning your fellowship:

Submit a Beneficiary Designation Form directly to the insurance company for the term life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance.

Once you complete your initial insurance enrollment, it is only possible to change your enrollment if you experience a Change of Status Event or make a change during Annual Enrollment.

If you currently hold an eligible fellowship that began prior to September 1, 2011, and you are interested in enrolling in the insurance, please contact HRSC as soon as possible.

Premiums & Payment

Below are the monthly premium rates effective September 1, 2011 – August 31, 2012.

UT Select Medical

UT Select Dental (Delta)

Assurant Dental HMO

Superior Vision

Subscriber Only

$462.26

$30.86

$10.05

$6.80

Subscriber & Spouse

$903.60

$58.58

$19.10

$10.76

Subscriber & Child(ren)

$825.45

$64.57

$21.11

$10.96

Subscriber & Family

$1253.00

$91.81

$30.15

$17.40

Payment for each month is due by the first of the month and may be made by check or money order payable to The University of Texas at Austin.  Please include your UT EID on the check or money order.  Failure to pay by the first of the month may result in cancellation of insurance coverage.

Submit your payment by one of the methods below.

U.S. Mail

In Person

Payroll Services
ATTN: Graduate Student Fellowship Insurance
P. O. Box 7849
Austin, Texas 78713-7849

Payroll Services
Main Building
Room 134
Lobby Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Assistance

Questions regarding insurance eligibility, enrollment or payment should be directed to the Human Resource Service Center.

Questions regarding your insurance coverage should be directed to the Insurance Providers.