University of California Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plan

Postdoctoral Scholar Healthcare Premium Contributions
For Postdocs Enrolled in Medical HMO, Medical PPO
and/or Voluntary Long-Term Disability

In accordance with the provisions of Article 3, Benefits, of the Agreement between the University of California and the UAW, effective January 1, 2012, postdoctoral scholars began contributing a portion of the medical premium for the HMO. For the postdoctoral scholar only and the postdoctoral scholar plus child(ren), the contribution is 2% of the premium; for the postdoctoral scholar and partner, and the postdoctoral scholar family benefits, the contribution is 3%.

Plan Year 2015

Coverage Type








Postdoc + Partner




Postdoc + Child(ren)




Postdoc + Partner + Child(ren)




The Collection/Payment Process

Postdocs who are paid through the campus payroll system will have their deductions for the contributions taken from their paychecks. Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. (GPA) will be collecting contributions for those postdocs without sufficient payroll to pay for the contributions. GPA will not only be collecting the HMO contributions, but also the PPO and Voluntary Long-Term Disability contribution amounts.

GPA will initially mail an invoice to the postdoc’s home, displaying the amounts owed for each line of coverage. All consequent billings will be done via e-mail. The initial invoice will contain a web address where the postdoc must register to supply his/her email address, as well as indicate the preferred method of payment: Credit card, debit card or check. Instructions will be available to assist the postdoc in indicating the payment method and making the payment online. The payment will be due by the first of the month as payment for that month’s coverage.

Important Information for Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellows (Title code 3253): Opt-Out Form for Health Premium Deductions

Based on NIH guidelines, Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellows must authorize the deduction of the monthly health premiums from their stipend. All postdoc fellows (title code 3253) should use the Opt-Out Form, during both initial and open enrollment. If the forms are not returned, the fellows will have the deduction taken out of their stipend.

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