Postdoctoral scholars must have adequate health insurance coverage for the duration of the appointment. Postdoctoral scholars are eligible to participate in the UC Postdoctoral Scholars Benefits Plan (PSBP), which includes medical, dental, vision, life, accidental death and dismemberment, disability insurance, and workers’ compensation, and which satisfies U.S. J-visa requirements. Your family is also eligible to participate in the medical, vision, and dental plans. Postdoctoral Scholars are obligated to contribute to the monthly subscriber portion of the medical insurance premium (postdoc contribution), unless they opt out.
If you decide to enroll in PSBP you must enroll within thirty-one calendar days from the first day of your official appointment. The insurance begins the first day of your appointment. Failure to timely enroll will result in a delay and limited access to services.
PSBP provides an annual open enrollment period during which eligible postdoctoral scholars may elect to change specific plan or coverage options. Open enrollment provides an opportunity for postdoctoral scholars to choose among plans due to changes in personal circumstances, changes in the coverage and costs, and changes in plan availability. Open enrollment is typically held in October through November and changes become effective on January 1st the following year.
Complete information about PSBP is available on the Gallagher Benefit Services website. If you have questions about PSBP, contact Gallagher Benefit Services at 800-254-1758 or UniversityServices.GBS.email@example.com.