Thanks to GAU efforts, reasonably priced GatorGradCare health and dental insurance is available to all graduate assistants. GAU has worked hard for a robust and equitable healthcare plan for the unit, and we are committed to constantly fighting to improve GatorGradCare for our members.
To find out more about the coverage currently offered to Graduate Assistants, visit our GatorGradCare FAQ go to the GatorGradCare website, where you’ll be able to download the latest benefits brochure.
We are always working to address the weaknesses of GatorGradCare. Overall, our goal is to secure, by contract, the following minimum standards for health care for all Graduate Assistants:
Access to free visits (including for preventative care), services, and lab tests within the UF/Shands network.
Low deductibles and copayments outside the UF/Shands network.
Full outpatient mental health benefits, including unlimited appointments and no lifetime maximum benefit.
An uncapped prescription drug benefit, including all forms of standard and emergency contraception and birth control, with low copayments.
Full dental, vision, and rehabilitative physical therapy benefits.
Lowering the premium for the option to include spouses, domestic partners, and dependents on the GA’s plan.
No lapse or interruption in coverage between semesters, and coverage extending through the summer for an employee appointed in the preceding fall and spring.
Your membership helps us get closer to the kind of health insurance plan all Graduate Assistants deserve. If you are interested in health care, and would like to help GAU conduct research, develop contract language related to health care, or do anything else you think would be helpful, please feel free to contact us about it!
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