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.
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 Administered Insurance Plans by Group

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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


COVID Update

UI Health Insurance Plans Coverage Update

With the COVID outbreak, which started early 2020, our health plans for faculty, staff, retirees, and students provided expanded coverage that is COVID related. Listed below are the services impacted and the status of ongoing COVID-19 coverages.

  1. In-network, inpatient treatment of COVID-19. Wellmark will extend the waiver of members' cost-share (copay, coinsurance, and deductible) for inpatient treatment of COVID-19 with an in-network provider through Dec. 31, 2021. Effective Jan. 1, 2022, the health plans will revert to standard plan coverage. 
  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.
  3. COVID-19 Vaccine. The federal government intends to pay for all Americans' initial vaccination doses (and providers cannot bill health plans for such doses). Once the federal government stops paying for COVID-19 vaccination doses, our health plans will cover the vaccine as an ACA preventative service without cost-share, as required by the CARES Act.

Updated 5.27.2021

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.