Student Health Insurance for Students with a 50% Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), and/or Graduate Assistant (GA) Appointment
The University of Kansas, in coordination with the Kansas Board of Regents, offers voluntary health insurance, dental insurance, and vision insurance for eligible graduate students through United Healthcare Student Resources.
Dental insurance and vision insurance are voluntary and not provided under this health insurance plan. The University of Kansas does not contribute towards dental and vision premiums for graduate students. For information about these options, please visit Individual Dental and Vision Insurance.
- All International Students: To obtain health insurance, please read and follow the important information provided by KU's Office of International Support Services
Eligibility for 50% GTA/GRA/GA Health Insurance
Eligibility to purchase 50% GTA/GRA/GA health insurance and receive the University's subsidy towards the health insurance premium is determined at the beginning of each semester (coverage period). The following requirements must be met each semester for a student to be eligible for this plan:
- Fall and spring semesters: A student must have at least a 50% GTA, GRA and/or a GA appointment for a minimum of eight consecutive work weeks
- Summer sessions: A student must have at least a 50% GTA, GRA, or GA appointment for a minimum of four consecutive work weeks
- Combined appointments: If a student has a combination of GTA, GRA, and GA appointments, eligibility is met if the combined appointments total at least 50% for the required number of weeks
Cost for 50% GTA/GRA/GA Health Insurance (Incentivized)
Students with a 50% GTA, GRA and/or GA appointment qualify for a premium subsidy through their employment relationship with the University. Eligible 50% GTA, GRA and/or GA students who choose to purchase this voluntary health insurance will have 75% or the student-only premium paid by the University. The remaining 25% of the student-only premium and the premiums for any dependents are the student's responsibility. If a student meets the above eligibility requirements and chooses to purchase this health insurance, the table below provides a breakdown of semester premiums and the University contributions for the various coverage options offered under the plan:
|Coverage Option||Fall, 2020||Spring, 2021||Summer, 2021|
|Student and Spouse||$1176.25||$705.75||$1176.25||$705.75||$473||$283|
|Student and One Child||$1176.25||$705.75||$1176.25||$705.75||$473||$283|
|Student and 2 or More Children||$2117.25||$705.75||$2117.25||$705.75||$851||$283|
|Student, Spouse and One Child||$2117.25||$705.75||$2117.25||$705.75||$851||$283|
|Student, Spouse and 2 or More Children||$3058.25||$705.75||
Enrollment for 50% GTA/GRA/GA Health Insurance
All eligible 50% GTA, GRA and/or GA students can apply for health insurance coverage by submitting an online application at United Healthcare Online Enrollment.
Step 1: Once the application has been submitted, the University will verify eligibility and approve the application.
Step 2: Once the application has been approved, the student will receive an email from UHCSR with a link requesting payment of the student's portion of the premium. Enrollment is not complete until UHCSR receives the student's premium payment.
Please note, it is the student's responsibility to apply for and renew this voluntary health insurance each semester.
Effective Dates of Coverage for 50% GTA/GRA/GA Health Insurance
Coverage periods for each semester are illustrated in the table below:
|Semester||Coverage Period||Effective Date|
|Fall||Aug. 1 - Dec 31||Aug. 1|
|Spring||Jan. 1 - April 30||Jan. 1|
|Summer||May 1 - June 30||June 1|
Health Plan Brochures for 50% GTA/GRA/GA Health Insurance
For detailed information, please see:
Under the Kansas Board of Regents Student Insurance plan, mental health is covered like any other sickness/illness. When using a preferred provider, there is no deductible and the covered student will only pay a $25 office copay per visit. Mental health services are not subjet to plan deductible, and copay is waived at the Student Health Center.
Continuation Insurance for 50% GTA/GRA/GA Health Insurance
50% GTA/GRA/GAs who purchased the voluntary 50% GTA/GRA/GA health insurance through the most recent coverage period, may pay for continuing coverage for a maximum of up to 3 months due to loss of an eligible appointment. The 50% GTA/GRA/GA has a right to choose to continue benefits as long as the Kansas Board of Regents maintains a plan with UHCSR. The insured 50% GTA/GRA/GA must exercise this right within 60 days of termination of appointment.
The completed paper application form and premium payment should be mailed to UHCSR at the address given in the Payment Instructions box on the application form. Please keep in mind:
- Premium is subject to change each August 1st.
- UHCSR will NOT send premium reminder notices.
- Once the first month of Continuation Insurance has been purchased, it is the student’s responsibility to send subsequent premium payment to UHCSR so that UHCSR receives the payment on or before the first of the month for which insurance is being purchased.
- Premium can be paid in advance. However, UHCSR will NOT refund unused premium should the student terminate insurance early.
For students who do not meet the eligibility requirements for the 50% GTA/GRA/GA health insurance plan, please see additional information on the Graduate Studies website.
If you are enrolled in the School of Pharmacy or the Interdepartmental Communications Disorders Program, you may be eligible to purchase the Health Science Students health insurance plan. Brochures and certificates explaining benefits are available at www.uhcsr.com/ku. In the View Plan dropdown, select Health Science Students Plan. Online enrollment in this plan is available by contacting:
School of Pharmacy students - The School of Pharmacy
Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders students - firstname.lastname@example.org