Health Care & Dental Care
GatorGradCare is offered free of charge to all GAs at UF (thanks to GAU efforts). Additionally, dental care just started as of Spring 2014. However, GatorGradCare has some weak spots that GAU is working on addressing. For instance, the 2014-2015 premium for spouse/partner is $2,267 and the premium for Family (Spouse/Partner +Child(ren)) is $4,325, which is much higher than the past year (source). Vision is not included right now. Also, GAs who need health care between semesters may find themselves in a “coverage gap” where they have to foot the bill out of pocket, and wait to be reimbursed later by the University once the next semester starts.
Health insurance for GAs has been recently transitioned from a plan contracted out to private insurance companies to a plan run by the University itself (GatorGradCare). UF claimed this would address the “coverage gap” and provide more flexibility to include dental/vision and address other concerns. However, at this point, the “coverage gap” seems to still remain and there is no vision provided at all.
Our goal is to secure, by contract, the following minimum standards for health care for all Graduate Assistants:
Your membership helps us get closer to the kind of health insurance plan all Graduate Assistants deserve. If you’re already, 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!
To find out about past GAU healthcare victories, visit HERE.
To find out more about the coverage currently offered to Graduate Assistants, visit HERE or go to the GatorGradCare website, where you’ll be able to download the latest benefits brochure.
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