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UCB Visiting Scholar Benefit Plan

Garnett-Powers & Associates is pleased to offer the UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar Benefit Plan (UCB-VSBP). This comprehensive medical plan is offered through StudentResources, a UnitedHealthcare company specializing in university health programs. The dental plan is provided by Assurant and offers a breadth of coverage through an HMO model, as well as the discount vision plan provided by VSP Vision at no additional cost.

The UCB-VSBP website has been developed to provide information on the plans, as well as provide a simple enrollment and payment method in order to ensure enrollment in the plans. Detailed benefit summaries, as well as the monthly rates for the medical plan are located on the left side of this page. Please click on Medical/Dentals Plan and Rates to access this information.

Medical Coverage Requirement for Visiting Scholars

As a new Visiting Scholar on the UC Berkeley campus, you are required to have medical insurance, either through this program, from another insurer or provided by your home country. If you are an international Visiting Scholar with your own coverage, that coverage must also meet these standards that meet or exceed the J-1 Visa requirements, as well as provide this same coverage to your eligible dependents. The minimum levels of coverage that must be offered through your own insurance are:

  • $500,000 per person, per accident, per illness in medical coverage
  • An annual deductible of no more than $250
  • Coinsurance that does not exceed 25%
  • Medical evacuation up to $10,000
  • Repatriation up to $7,500

If your insurance meets these requirements, you may waive (decline coverage) for this plan. Please complete the appropriate sections of the Enrollment Form in order to waive the coverage. You must provide proof of coverage by providing a copy of your insurance policy or schedule of benefits written in English. (If your policy is not written in English, you must provide an official translation of the insurance.)  You may either scan and e-mail your document to UCBVSBP@garnett-powers.com or fax it to 949-215-2275, attention UCB-VSBP Services. If you waive coverage for yourself and/or your eligible dependents, you will not be eligible for coverage until the New Plan Year that begins September 1, 2015, unless you experience a qualifying event, such as marriage, birth or adoption of a child, or an involuntary loss of employer coverage.

Enrolling in the Plan

In order to facilitate an efficient and timely enrollment process, the enrollment form for this program must be completed online. Please first print the Enrollment/Payment Instructions found under the Enrollment link before completing the enrollment form. These instructions provide step-by-step information to assist you in completing the form and submitting your timely payment. If the Enrollment Form is not completed properly, it could affect your enrollment in the plans and delay your access to service.

Visiting Scholars will not be enrolled in the plan until the enrollment form has been completed, eligibility has been verified and payment has been received by Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. Once your eligibility has been confirmed with the appropriate campus personnel, and payment is received, an e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address provided on the enrollment form, confirming enrollment in the plan. If you do not receive this e-mail within 10 days of your enrollment, please contact Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. via the contact information provided at the bottom of this page.

Please click on Enrollment to get started.

We are pleased to offer a short Instructional Video where you will learn the answers to questions regarding the insurance plan and also provide you with enrollment instructions. You will get answers to the following:

Visiting Scholar Instructional Video
  • Who offers this insurance coverage?
  • What benefits are offered and what is covered?
  • If I enroll in this Visiting Scholar insurance plan, will my insurance coverage satisfy the J1 Visa insurance requirements?
  • How do I enroll in, and pay for, the insurance program?
  • When is my coverage effective?
  • How do I find a doctor?
  • What is a pre-existing condition?
  • Where do I seek assistance for my coverage and claims questions?

Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. is pleased to offer a UCB-VSBP Customer Service Representative, dedicated to this program. Please address benefit and enrollment questions to:

Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc.
23361 Madero, Suite 240
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Or call us Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm Pacific Time
Toll free at 1-888-441-3719
Contact UCB-VSBP Services

We thank you for the opportunity to be of service to you and your family.

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