Merit Staff Health Insurance - Active

Merit Staff hired on or after July 1, 2017

New Merit Staff with a hire date on or after July 1, 2017 are eligible for the UIChoice health insurance plan.

Merit Staff hired before July 1, 2017

This page describes Health Insurance options that apply to Merit Staff hired before July 1, 2017. Effective January 1, 2018, all Merit Staff will be eligible for UIChoice, the same health insurance currently available to Faculty, Professional & Scientific, Merit Supervisory Exempt, and Merit Confidential Staff.


Guidance on selecting a health plan.

Benefit Comparisons

Rate Comparisons

Claim Forms


Retiree Health Insurance Information

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program provides brief counseling and assessment for staff as well.

Health Insurance Coverage for Adult Children

Children may be covered until the end of the year in which they turn 26.  Coverage for unmarried children who are full-time students or disabled can continue as long as they continue in that status. The IRS has determined that this coverage is taxable.

Benefits Office

Campus address
120 USB
U.S. mailing address
The University of Iowa
University Benefits Office
120 University Services Bldg.
Iowa City, IA 52242-1911
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm