Continuation of Graduate Student Employee Health Insurance Coverage for Summer
The following information explains the procedure for continuing your Graduate Student Employee Health Insurance during the summer months. If you are interested in continuing your health insurance coverage please read this memo and complete the Continuation of Health Insurance form.
By submitting and completing the Continuation of Health Form you are authorizing health insurance premiums to be deducted from your payroll checks during the months of April, May and June to pre-pay for the health insurance during the summer months. The cost for the health insurance coverage during the summer months remains at the current bi-weekly rate.
You are eligible to continue your health insurance during the summer if;
- you are currently enrolled in the GA/TA or RA health insurance AND
- you will be a graduate student employee in the Fall AND
- your department expects to reappoint you as an eligible graduate student employee for the fall semester in the same title as this semester, example: you are a TA/GA now (spring) and you will be a TA/GA in (fall) or you are an RA now (spring) and you will be an RA in the (fall)
We understand that the April deadline may pose a problem where decisions on Fall appointments have yet to be made we ask that you and your department make "a good faith effort" in confirming you will be re-employed in the same title in the Fall semester. If eligible, you and your Project Director (or an Authorized Signatory) must complete the Continuation of Health Insurance form and return it by April 7, 2009 to: Edmond Anderson, Student Health Center, Z-3191, or fax to (631) 632-2422
International Graduate Student F1 Visa
International students who are eligible for this continuation of health insurance during the summer months, who have not submitted a completed summer enrollment application to us by April 7, 2009 will be charged for the Mandatory International Student Health Insurance for the summer months.
If you have elected to continue your health insurance over the summer but your department decided to appoint you to a new graduate title in the fall, you MUST complete and submit a new health insurance enrollment form.
Failure to Complete Form
If you are eligible but fail to complete and return this form by April 7, 2009 you will NOT be covered during the summer. Your health insurance coverage will end 28 days after your appointment ends.
COBRA Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
For students who will be graduating or are ineligible to continue health insurance, you may apply for COBRA. Call (631) 632-6144 for COBRA information.
If you are enrolled in the health insurance as a Research Foundation Fellow with a stipend end date that does not cover the summer months, your health insurance will end when your stipend ends, unless your department extends your fellowship appointment or appoints you to a Research Assistant title with a bi-weekly of at least $158.54.