U.Va. chooses Chickering for student
University is offering a new student health insurance plan this
fall, provided by a company that specializes in plans for institutions
of higher education.
the majority of undergraduates are dependents of a parents
health plan, many graduate students must buy their own coverage.
The University will continue to offer a graduate student subsidy
covering the single premium to those who are eligible.
James Turner, executive director of the U.Va. Department of Student
Health, said U.Va. chose the Chickering Groups plan because
it has particular advantages for students: lower out-of-pocket
expenses and travel coverage. Because Chickering partners with
Aetna, the largest managed care organization in the U.S., and
Magellan, a regional mental health care network, it can offer
nationwide access to providers.
will be an extended open enrollment period through Oct. 1, retroactive
to the plans effective date of Aug. 25. Chickering has developed
Internet and Web-based programs so that applications for enrollment
can be submitted online, and a U.Va.-customized Web page is in
the works and will be available later this month at http://www.chickering.com.
this year, the University will cover the full cost of the single-coverage
premium for qualifying graduate teaching, research and administrative
assistants and fellowship recipients. Unless otherwise notified,
students in the law, medical and business schools do not qualify
for the subsidy. Eligibility, which is determined by department,
may be granted to graduate students who earn at least $5,000 in
one of the specified graduate jobs during the academic year. Students
with questions about eligibility should contact their departments.
packets, with brochure and application forms, will be mailed to
all students in June and July. Representatives of the new plan
will participate in all Summer Orientation Resources Fairs and