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.
Regular faculty and staff with at least a 50 percent appointment and their eligible dependents can enroll in this medical plan. Retirees are eligible.

UIChoice is a high-quality plan with extensive coverage inside and outside of Iowa. Monthly premiums for UIChoice are higher than UISelect, and the out-of-pocket costs for medical services are lower.

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UIChoice Plan Documents

The coverage manual is a comprehensive document that sets forth the plan's participants' and beneficiaries' rights and guides the university in making decisions and executing our responsibilities.

To review UIChoice plan documents such as the Summary of Benefits and Coverages (SBC) or the coverage manual, please visit the Plan Documents & Manuals section on the Benefits Resource page.


  • High-quality coverage with higher monthly premiums than UISelect and lower out-of-pocket costs.
  • It covers providers nationwide. How much you pay depends on the benefit level of the provider you choose.
  • Medical services are covered outside Iowa, and costs are lower with in-network


To review the monthly premium amounts for each coverage option, please visit our UIChoice rates page.

To review the UIChoice plan provisions, please visit the copays, coinsurance, deductibles, and Out-of-Pocket Maximum page.

Medical Providers

The plan participant may obtain health care under the UIChoice plan from any provider you wish. However, how much you pay for care will depend on the benefit level of the provider you choose.

UIChoice has three benefit levels. You do not need to pick a plan level. The level of the provider you choose for care automatically determines how much you pay—the lower the level, the lower the cost to you. 

Visit our provider page for more detailed information.

Virtual health care is available for free to UIChoice members from any location via Doctor on Demand.

Transgender Coverage
All of the health plans offered through the University of Iowa, which Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa, provides coverage of medically necessary covered services associated with gender transition-related treatment.

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa follow the national standards set forth by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) when deeming if a covered service is medically necessary.

Covered services, when ordered by a health professional and deemed medically necessary associated with gender transition-related treatment, may include the following:

  • Hormone therapy;
  • Mental health services; and
  • Chest/breast and genital surgeries when ordered by a health professional.

Please contact Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa at 800-643-9724 for more information and discuss the gender transition medical policy within the Interqual Prior Approval program to assure you have met all qualifications. 


The UIChoice plan has a tiered prescription drug benefit. The lower the tier of your drug, the lower the cost to you. 

Visit our pharmacy page for more detailed information.

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.