Health Insurance

The health and well-being of our faculty, staff, retirees and students are our top priorities. University Benefits is committed to providing excellent customer service, communications, and education to help you best utilize these valuable benefit programs.    

University Benefits designs and administers the benefits programs for all faculty, staff, and students at the University of Iowa. To review what health plans are offered for your specific group, please choose the Health Plans by Group button below:

Health Plans by Group


    COVID update

    UI Health Insurance Plans Coverage Update

    With the COVID outbreak which started earlier this year, our health plans for faculty, staff, retirees and students, provided expanded coverage which was COVID related. Listed below are the services impacted and the status of ongoing COVID-19 coverages.

    1. In-network, inpatient treatment of COVID-19. The waiver of members' cost-share (copay, coinsurance and deductible) for inpatient treatment of COVID-19 with an in-network provider will be extended through December 31, 2020.
    2. COVID-19 tests and related services. Members have no cost-share for appropriate testing and related services to diagnose or detect COVID-19. This is required by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and remains in place as long as we are in a public health emergency, as declared by the federal government.

    As time has progressed, even though the pandemic still exists, health care providers have made adjustments and reopened their offices, and we are confident in our local health care systems' ability to handle the current level of care needed for our members. The following temporary health plan cost-share waivers related to the pandemic will expire on Aug. 31, 2020.

    1. No-cost virtual visits. Virtual visit coverage will return to normal plan provisions effective Sep. 1, 2020. Please refer to your coverage manual for plan details.
    2. Extend accidental dental benefits. Coverage period limitations related to accidental dental injury will return to standard benefits effective Sep. 1, 2020. Please refer to your coverage manual for plan details.

    Updated 9.04.2020 

    Review the insurance plans offered for your categorized group below:

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    Undergraduates and grad students are eligible for coverage.

    Student Plans

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    Faculty and Staff

    Faculty and staff receive coverage through UIChoice or UISelect.

    Employee Plans

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    UI Retirees are Eligible for UIChoice, UISelect and Health Alliance.

    Retiree Plans

    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 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.

    Contact Information

    University Benefits

    Campus Address
    120 USB
    Mailing Address

    120 University Services Building
    Iowa City, IA 52242-1911
    United States

    Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.