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Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Healthcare Plan


2020 Open Enrollment Information

  • The open enrollment period for 2020 is January 2 – 17, 2020.
  • This is an ACTIVE open enrollment period. All current and new enrollees must take action to certify or recertify their tobacco user status for both themselves and any dependent children age 18 or older covered under the plan.  J-1 visa holders are not eligible to enroll in this plan.
  • The tobacco surcharge for 2020 will increase from $75 to $100 per month.
  • A tobacco use certification and acknowledgement of penalties is required as part of the certification process during open enrollment.
  • Graduate Research Assistants and their covered dependent children aged 18 or older will be automatically charged a $100 tobacco user per month, per person, surcharge for using tobacco products. This surcharge will be automatically added to the health insurance premium if the tobacco certification or recertification is not completed by the close of the open enrollment period.
  • There will be NO refunds of the tobacco surcharge due to the employee’s failure to complete the certification or recertification during the open enrollment period.
  • For 2020, there are changes to the plan’s benefit coverage:
    • Increases to the deductible:
      • In-network: Increased from $4,500 individual / $9,000 family to $5,000 individual / $10,000 family
      • Out-of-network: Increased from $9,000 individual to $10,000 individual
    • Increases to the out-of-pocket maximum
      • In-network: increased from $5,400 individual / $10,800 family to $5,650 individual / $11,300 family
      • Out-of-network: Increased from $10,800 individual / $21,600 family to $11,300 individual / $22,600 family
    • Premiums increased for 2020 – the employee portion of the cost increased as follows:
      • Single coverage increased from $97 per month to $102 per month.
      • Family coverage increased from $452 per month to $479 per month.

To enroll and complete the tobacco certification or recertification, visit; on the right side of the page, look for Manage My Benefits, then click the appropriate button.  You may also call the OneUSG Connect – Benefits Call Center at 1-844-5-USGBEN (1-844-587-4236). Expert representatives are available Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Since 2015, the University System of Georgia has offered a healthcare option for Graduate Research Assistants. This healthcare option is the Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Healthcare Plan.  J-1 visa holders are not eligible to enroll in this plan.  This option is in addition to the Student Health Insurance coverage offered through UGA.   

Under the GRA Healthcare Plan, you have the option of covering (1) yourself, or (2) yourself and any eligible child dependents. Spousal coverage is not available under this plan; therefore, family coverage under this plan includes you and your dependent child or children.

Upon enrollment, participants will receive one ID card with both medical and pharmacy plan coverage verification information. The GRA Healthcare Plan is administered by Anthem.

If you have questions about your eligibility or enrollment in this plan, please contact the OneUSG Benefits Call Center at 1-844-587-4236.


The 2020 GRA Health Plan Summary of Benefits is available at:


Premium Information

2020 Premium Information

Monthly Premiums

GRA Pays

(Monthly Payroll Deduction)

UGA Pays


Total Monthly Premium

Single Coverage – GRA Only




Family Coverage – GRA & Eligible Child(ren)






Tobbaco Use Surcharge:  Graduate Research Assistants and enrolled dependents age 18 or older must certify their tobacco use status.  A $100 tobacco-user surcharge (per student and eligible dependent) will be added to the monthly premium for tobacco users.


Important Information:

  • Graduate Research Assistants enrolled in the GRA Health Plan pay premiums through monthly payroll deductions.
  • Enrollment under this plan is on a calendar year basis. Coverage will continue through the calendar year unless the Graduate Research Assistant becomes ineligible for the coverage (i.e., graduates or moves into another position) or experiences a qualifying life event.
  • If a Graduate Research Assistant enrolls in the GRA Health Plan and the student is also mandated to have coverage under the Mandatory Student Plan, the student must submit a waiver request to opt out of the mandatory student health insurance plan. Please see the Student Health Insurance website for further information.




Revised 1/7/2020