Overview and Benefits Enrollment

The Benefits Office encourages all new House Staff to complete enrollment within 30 days of the contract start date. Enrolling is a simple, two-step process:

  1. Review your benefits information: 2021 Benefits Overview (pdf)
  2. Use Employee Self Service to complete or review your benefits enrollment.

Health Insurance

Gender Transition - All of the health plans offered through the University of Iowa provide benefits for medically necessary covered services associated with gender transition when ordered by a health professional. Please contact Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield at 800-643-9724 for more information and to discuss the gender transition medical policy.

Dental Insurance 

Life, AD&D and LTD Insurance 

Other Benefits


Per state law, House Staff Physicians are exempt from participation in the university's required retirement programs. (Exception: Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS) or TIAA retirement plan - Fellow Associates only)

Additional Information

For information on purchasing insurance after employment ends or during unpaid leave of absence: Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)

Dual University of Iowa employed spouses/partners and any children may not double insure each other or dependents under the plans where the University contributes towards the cost of the plans. This includes the health, dental, and AD&D insurance policies - an individual may only be included once under these policies.

Double Spouse Credit for health and dental insurance is available if the dual-employed couple are eligible for the UIChoice and UISelect health insurance plans and are also covering dependents.

Benefits Not Available

  • Voluntary Vision Insurance through Two Rivers Insurance Services (Avesis / eyeMED) is not available for House Staff enrollment.
    • Alternative Options:
      • Both UIChoice and UISelect cover annual eye exams and if enrolled in Dental Insurance, you may receive a discount through DeltaVision if you visit those specific providers.
      • You may also submit any eligible vision out-of-pocket costs to a Health Care Flexible Spending Account for reimbursement. 
  • General and Shared Savings Credits do not apply to House Staff members.
  • A mandatory Retirement Plan with university contributions through TIAA or IPERS is not available for the majority of House Staff members. Please visit the Retirement section above for more information. 


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The information presented on our website describes only the highlights of the plans and does not constitute official plan documents. Additional terms and conditions may apply. If there are any discrepancies between the information contained herein and the official plan documents, the plan documents will govern. For more detailed information you may contact Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield at the toll-free number 800-524-9242 (TTY: 888-781-4262), Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central Time). For more efficient service, please have your member ID number handy - it can be found on the front of your card.