Graduate Assistant Health Insurance


United Healthcare Health Insurance Coverage

Graduate students employed as Research Assistants, Teaching Assistants, Service Assistants, or have Fellowships (GA's) are eligible for health insurance paid for by the college in which the student is employed or the funding agency.  Insurance is a mandatory benefit and provided on a semester by semester basis (WWAMI enrollment excluded).  Enrollment is not automatic. Graduate students must provide the Graduate School with a copy of their signed contract letter and submit the online enrollment form (or see FORMS page) to finalize their enrollment process. Once the semester of your contract has passed, there will be no retro-active enrollments. You will be responsible for all fees incurred due to not enrolling in a timely manner. 

For GA's having prior coverage (spousal, partner, parental, etc.), the University of Alaska Anchorage assistantship benefit is an excess policy; it is always secondary and can help towards copays and deductibles. However, if GA's have Medicaid or Tricare (Military Policy), the GA policy is the primary benefit policy and Medicaid and Tricare are secondary benefit policies.

Note: the GA health insurance plan does NOT have a dental component. For teeth cleaning, x-rays, and fillings, please contact the UAA Dental Clinic. If you have tooth pain, go to the UAA Dental Clinic or your local dentist sooner than later. Dental coverage in the plan only covers 1) dental injury to a sound tooth, or 2) removal of impacted wisdom teeth.  

Healthcare Resources/Information:

Health Insurance 101

2019-2020 Summary Brochure

2019-2020 Certificate of Coverage (full brochure) 

Graduate Assistant/Fellows 2019-2020  Plan Coverage Dates:

  • Fall Semester - August 25, 2019 to January 4, 2020
  • Spring Semester -January 5, 2020 to May 16, 2020
  • Spring/Summer - January 5, 2020 to August 24, 2020
  • Summer Semester - May 17, 2020 to August 24, 2020
  • Annual Coverage: August 25, 2019 to August 24, 2020 (RA's and Fellows only)

WWAMI students only: (UAA Grad Assistants skip to: Initiating Coverage)

A contract letter is NOT required, just complete the enrollment form. Please make sure you enter your 8-digit UAA ID#, not your UW ID#.

2019-2020 premiums are:

  •  Annual cost $2577.00
  •  Monthly cost $215.00

You must enroll either annually or by the month. If monthly, you must stipulate how many months of coverage that you want. Months begin on the 1st of the month and end the last day of the month, e.g. six months could begin on September 1, 2019 and end on February 28, 2020. Annual premium coverage is from August 25, 2019 through August 24, 2020.

Initiating United Healthcare Coverage*  

Summer 2020 semester health insurance enrollment deadline is Monday, June1, 2020 at 5:00 pm. 

The Basics:

  1. The Graduate School must a copy of your signed contact letter (email to Elisa Mattison) as soon as possible. (UAA Graduate Assistants/Fellows only)
  2. Complete the Health Insurance Enrollment form. (Graduate Assistants/Fellows/WWAMI)
  3. Look for emails from the UAA Graduate School to confirm your enrollment submission has been processed by United Healthcare Student Resources. Once you have received your email, then...
  4. Create an online account through United Healthcare to initiate your benefits. 
  5. Contact the Graduate School if you encounter any issues with coverage*. 

*Students awarded a graduate assistantship or fellowship must follow each step every semester for which they are awarded an assistantship or fellowship unless awarded annually or for spring/summer. Failure to do so will result in delayed coverage and late processing of your tuition remission payment.  Failure to enroll is not an excuse for lack of coverage. Reminder: once the semester of your contract has passed, there will be no retro-active enrollments. You will be responsible for all fees incurred due to not enrolling in a timely manner. 


If students are unable to complete their enrollment each semester, they must contact Elisa Mattison as soon as possible.

If you have problems with your coverage, please contact Elisa Mattison  or phone 786-1096 with questions.