GatorGradCare health insurance is available exclusively to Graduate Assistants, Teaching Assistants, and Research Assistants on appointment (.25 FTE or greater) at the University of Florida.
Enrollment is not automatic. Plan participants must re-enroll by the enrollment deadline of September 14 to continue coverage each academic year they are eligible for coverage.
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General Information | Eligibility Requirements | Enrollment | Dates of Coverage | ID Cards | Creating Your Online Account with Florida Blue | Costs | Dependent Coverage | Qualifying Status Changes | SHCC | Address Changes | COBRA | Pre-doc Fellows | Contact Information
For specific GatorGradCare plan information, please visit GatorCare’s GatorGradCare page.
For general GatorCare information, please visit http://gatorcare.org
|Medical Benefits Administration||Florida Blue|
|Pharmacy Benefits||Magellan Pharmacy Solutions|
Participant Eligibility Requirements
University of Florida graduate assistants, teaching assistants, and research assistants appointed .25 FTE or greater may participate in the GatorGradCare health insurance plan.
To ensure that graduate assistants meet the above eligibility criteria, hiring departments must ensure the following:
- The GA, TA, or RA appointment must occur via the Letter of Appointment (LOA) process in PeopleSoft, and all Letter of Appointment criteria met
- Active GA, TA or RA job with .25 or greater FTE entered in PeopleSoft
- The GA receives a stipend as a bi-weekly paycheck from the appropriate UF account
Graduate Assistant eligibility for GatorGradCare is reviewed before their coverage is loaded with the insurance company. This process begins after drop/add. Plan participants will receive an eligibility confirmation email notice once verification has been completed.
If a plan participant experiences a medical emergency before their eligibility is confirmed, they may contact the GA Benefits Office at (352) 392-0003 or by email email@example.com.
Enrollment is not automatic; graduate assistants must enroll in GatorGradCare each academic year.
The online enrollment can be found here: https://bluebiz.bcbsfl.com/stuenroll/GatorGradCare.do
Eligible graduate assistants may enroll in GatorGradCare during the specified enrollment periods only.
The enrollment deadlines for the plan are as follows:
|Coverage Period||Enrollment Deadline|
|Annual Enrollment||September 14|
|Spring/Summer Enrollment||January 30|
|Summer Only Enrollment||May 16|
Enrollments cannot be accepted after the enrollment deadline.
Students who miss the GatorGradCare enrollment deadline or are not eligible for GatorGradCare can purchase the UF student health insurance plan available through UnitedHealthcare StudentResources. Enrollment in the UF student insurance plan can be submitted only during the designated enrollment periods each academic term. For more information regarding the student insurance plan, please contact the local servicing agent, Scarborough Company Insurance, at (352) 377-2002.
Enrollees should retain the INSURANCE REQUEST CONFIRMATION that is received after successfully completing the online GatorGradCare enrollment process in order to track their GatorGradCare enrollment submissions.
Effective Dates of Coverage
The GatorGradCare coverage effective dates are as follows:
|Coverage Period||Effective Date|
|Summer Only||May 16 (July 1 for Summer B only GAs)|
Please note the following important information regarding GatorGradCare coverage effective and termination dates for the 2017-2018 policy year:
- If you submitted an annual enrollment and are only eligible for the plan for the fall, your GatorGradCare coverage terminated 12/31/17.
- If you submitted an annual or spring/summer enrollment and met the eligibility requirements for the plan for the entire spring term, your coverage continues through the summer. The premium for summer coverage is paid on the GA’s behalf, regardless of eligibility status in the summer term, based on the participant’s spring GatorGradCare eligibility.
- Coverage terminates 8/15/18 for participants with active Summer 2018 coverage who do not re-enroll for the 2018-2019 academic year and participants who are no longer eligible for GatorGradCare in Fall 2018.
Coverage will automatically terminate prior to the termination dates noted above if any of the following occurs:
- If the participant’s GA/TA/RA job terminates prior to the end of the semester the GatorGradCare coverage terminates at the end of the month the job terminated
- If the participant enrolls in another UF-sponsored health insurance plan, coverage termination date may be adjusted to coordinate with the effective date of the new UF-sponsored plan.
Note: New and returning GatorGradCare plan participants must submit an online enrollment by the September 14, 2018 deadline to enroll in coverage for the 2018-2019 academic year. ENROLLMENT IS NOT AUTOMATIC. Elections made during Fall Annual Enrollment are effective August 16.
ID cards are mailed to your local home mailing address and arrive about 2 weeks after your coverage is loaded for the first time with Florida Blue. Please note the following:
- Florida Blue does not issue separate ID cards for dependents covered under your insurance plan. You will receive two ID cards under your name and dependents will use your insurance card information. When providers or pharmacies call Florida Blue, they will be able to confirm your covered dependents.
- You may order additional cards or print a temporary card after you create an online account at www.floridablue.com. See the section entitled “Creating Your Online Account With Florida Blue” for information regarding creating your online account.
- Please notify firstname.lastname@example.org if your mailing address needs to be updated.
Creating Your Online Account with Florida Blue
You will be able to view claim details, order additional ID cards, and print temporary ID cards online at www.floridablue.com by logging in to MyBlueService after you have created your online account.
You must have your member ID number in order to create your online account. The member ID will be available through Florida Blue Customer Service within a few days after your eligibility is confirmed by the University of Florida. You can obtain your member ID number by contacting Florida Blue Customer Service at (800) 664-5295.
The eligible graduate assistant’s premium for GatorGradCare is paid by the University of Florida for the 2017-2018 academic year.
The GatorGradCare employee-only premium is $2,744 for the 2017-2018 policy year.
Effective August 2018, there is a nominal monthly premium of $10.00 for individual coverage per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between UF Board of Trustees and the Graduate Assistants United (GAU). This premium will be collected through payroll deduction.
Departments will need to use the appropriate Fringe Benefit Pool Rate to budget for GA benefit costs.
Graduate assistants who include coverage for their dependent(s) on their online enrollment are responsible for the dependent premium. Please see the section entitled “Dependent Coverage” for additional information.
|2017-2018 Annual GatorGradCare Dependent Premiums (effective 8/16/17 to 8/15/18)|
|Family (Spouse/Partner +Child(ren))||$4,508|
Enrollees may elect dependent coverage at the time of enrollment. Eligible dependents include the graduate assistant’s spouse or domestic partner and dependent child(ren) up to 26 years of age.
The premium (cost of insurance) for dependents is shown on the online enrollment and is the GA’s responsibility. The dependent premium is charged to the GA’s student financial account as shown on the online enrollment.
All elections on the online enrollment are final. Changes to dependent coverage level can be made only if there is a qualifying event. Please see the Qualifying Status Change section below for additional information.
Qualifying Status Changes
Outside of the initial enrollment submission for GatorGradCare, plan participants may make a change to the plan coverage level only if they experience a qualifying status change (QSC.)
Plan participants are responsible for reporting any qualifying status events and submitting the appropriate documents to GA Benefits Office within 60 days of the event. Qualifying status events include the following changes in family or employment status including the following:
- Birth, adoption, or legal guardianship
- Death of spouse or dependent
- Gaining/Losing eligibility for other group health insurance
If adding dependent coverage based on a QSC the change to your coverage level is effective on the qualifying event date. If removing dependent coverage based on a QSC, the change to the coverage level is effective on the first of the month following the qualifying event date.
The enrollment form and supporting documentation for the qualifying event must be provided to the GA Benefits Office within 60 days of the event date.
The premiums for adding dependent coverage based on a QSC are the graduate assistant’s responsibility. The premium is calculated based on the effective date of coverage and will be charged to the GA’s student financial account. No refunds are granted for termination of dependent coverage based on a QSC; dependent premium adjustments are processed through the student financial account system.
Contact the GA Benefits Office at (352) 392-0003 or email@example.com to report a qualifying status change.
Use of the Student Health Care Center (SHCC)
It is recommended that GatorGradCare participants in the Gainesville area contact the Student Health Care Center first for routine medical and pharmacy services. Although there is no referral requirement under the plan and you are not required to utilize the Student Health Care Center, use of the SHCC may result in significant savings to the participant for routine care.
To schedule an appointment at SHCC, call (352) 392-1161. More information can be found on the SHCC website.
Mandatory Health Insurance (MHI) Information
If you are eligible and enroll in GatorGradCare, this coverage meets the UF mandatory health insurance requirement. You do not need to do anything else after submitting the GatorGradCare enrollment through the enrollment site and agreeing to the mandatory health insurance requirement policy through your student account.
Because of the timing, you will see the charge for the school-sponsored plan on your student financial account until GatorGradCare eligibility is confirmed. You should not pay this charge or complete the MHI waiver because the MHI charge will be removed once your GatorGradCare eligibility is confirmed after the drop/add period.
Promptly notify the GA Benefits Office of any changes to your mailing address by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
COBRA—Continuation of Coverage After Termination
Once your GatorGradCare Health Insurance terminates, Florida Blue will send a COBRA packet to you by postal mail.
COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) is a federally mandated program that allows you to continue your medical benefit at your expense based on the following qualifying events:
- Termination of employment (for reasons other than gross misconduct)
- Divorce or legal separation
- Employee’s death (for eligible dependents)
- Covered employee becomes eligible for Medicare
- Child ceases to be eligible for coverage under the plans
If your mailing address has changed, please email email@example.com immediately with your UFID and new address to ensure timely delivery of important insurance information.
To participate in active GatorGradCare coverage, pre-doc fellows must be appointed as a GA/TA/RA with an FTE of .25 or greater. Students appointed exclusively as pre-doc fellows (no GA/TA/RA or GA/TA/RA with FTE less than .25) may participate in the United HealthCare student health insurance plan.
Active GatorGradCare participants who terminate their GA/TA/RA appointment due to a transfer to a new pre-doc fellowship appointment may elect GatorGradCare COBRA coverage based on the termination of their GA appointment. The University of Florida or applicable funding source will pay for individual/single coverage only for the duration of the pre-doc fellowship appointment, provided the pre-doc fellow appointment is entered in the UF PeopleSoft system and the student receives a stipend bi-weekly through the UF payroll system. To elect this option, please contact the GA Benefits Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. COBRA enrollment is not automatic and enrollment must be completed by the COBRA election deadline.
For questions regarding plan coverage or claims please call Florida Blue Customer Service at (800) 664-5295. (This is the telephone number on the back of your insurance ID card.)
For local assistance with questions regarding plan coverage, contact one of the on-site Florida Blue representatives as follows:
|Kelly Maloney||(352) 594-3354||Kelly.Maloney@bcbsfl.com|
|Kelley Thomas||(904) 244-9130||Kelley.Thomas@bcbsfl.com|
To locate GatorCare providers, please check http://gatorcare.org/network or call (352) 265-UFMD (8363).
Enrollment and eligibility questions, qualifying status changes, and mailing address changes should be directed to the GA Benefits Office email email@example.com or phone (352) 392-0003. (Address change requests must be submitted by email.)