GRA Health Insurance Option

The GRA Healthcare Plan Option is a medical plan offered by the University System of Georgia to Graduate Research Assistants in compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Affordable Care Act requires that employers offer coverage to all full-time employees, as defined under the law. Even though USG considers all Graduate Students as part-time employees, due to the challenges in tracking time for Graduate Research Assistants, it was decided that an offer of coverage would be made to Graduate Students with a research component to their job responsibilities.

Graduate Research Assistants also have the option to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) underwritten by United Healthcare of GA or in other coverage available to them through a parent, spouse or thorough the Market Place Exchange. For more information about the health insurance options available to Graduate Research Assistants please visit: http://employees.hr.gsu.edu/benefits/student-health-insurance-options/

Please carefully consider all of the options available to you before enrolling in coverage.

ENROLLMENT

To enroll in the GRA Healthcare Option you must complete an Enrollment Form and submit it to the GSU Benefits Office. Enrollment forms may be hand delivered to the Benefits Office located at One Park Place South, Suite 314 or faxed to the Benefits Office at (404)413-3324. 

GRA plan coverage continues to the end of the month in which your GRA position ends.  When coverage ends you will be offered the option to enroll in COBRA coverage.

PLAN INFORMATION/ WHEN COVERAGE ENDS

Enrollment in the GRA Healthcare Option is on a calendar year basis. Coverage will continue through the calendar year unless you become ineligible for coverage (i.e. you graduate or move into another position) or experience a qualifying event. GRA plan coverage continues to the last day of the month in which your GRA position ends and at that time you will be offered the option to enroll in COBRA coverage.

The GRA Healthcare Option does not meet the Federal Guidelines for international students holding F-1 or J-1 visas. Students holding these visas are not eligible to enroll in the GRA Healthcare Plan.

Please see the documents below for an Enrollment Form, Summary of Plan Benefits for the GRA Healthcare Plan Option and a Comparison of the GRA plan to the Student Healthcare Insurance plan. For more information about the GRA Healthcare Plan Option please contact the Benefits Office at (404)413-3330.