Of Virginia Chooses Chickering For Student Health Plan
May 15, 2002-- The University
is offering a new student health insurance plan this fall, provided
by a company that specializes in plans for institutions of higher
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.
insurance is a complicated business, so with advice from our Student
Health Insurance Committee, especially the student members, we selected
Chickerings plan as one that the University can endorse with
confidence," said Dr. 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 United States, and Magellan,
a regional mental health care network, it can offer nationwide access
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,
"The Student Connection."
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.
otherwise notified, students in the law, medicine 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
of the plan, which has a few additions and changes to the current
single-buyer annual premium, with coverage for dependents available
at $2,683 for the student plus spouse; $2,452 for the student
and a single child, $3,094 for the student and children, $4,065
for the student, spouse and a child or $4,707 for the student;
spouse and children.
monthly payment option is available, with coverage for a single
buyer at $90 and for dependents at $224 for student and spouse,
$205 for student and single child, $258 for student and children,
$339 for student, spouse and single child and $392 for
student, spouse and children.
of the requirements of selecting a primary care provider and getting
a referral to a specialist referral;
co-insurance or co-pay for services at the Student Health Center;
assistance coverage with unlimited medical evacuation and repatriation
benefits along with medical and information services;
coverage for students who have other health insurance but need
travel assistance and/or medical evacuation and repatriation coverage
for study abroad, etc., at $25 per year;
tiers of co-pay for prescription drugs $10 for generic
and $30 for brand name but no mail order prescription benefit;
dental coverage with the following options: $155 a year for a
single student premium, $270 for student and child, $310 for student
and spouse, $440 for student and all children, and $535 for family.
The annual maximum dental coverage is higher, at $750.
million maximum per condition.
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 OASIS.
Alison Montgomery, (434) 924-5471