Graduate students at the University of Iowa who hold an assistantship of at least 25% time or a fellowship of at least $5,000 for the semester or $10,000 per academic year, and are registered for classes, are eligible to receive a contribution from the university toward the cost of health and dental insurance coverage.

The university contribution will begin the first day of the month following your appointment and completing your insurance enrollment in MyUI. 


    If you are currently enrolled in one of the plans as an employed graduate student or fellow:

    • You do not have to complete another enrollment in MyUI unless you want to add or drop a dependent(s) or change your plan. 

    If you are a newly employed graduate student or fellow:


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    The Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is a Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan, which provides coverage for preventive care, hospitalization, surgery, maternity, well-baby/well-child care, emergency care for accidents or illness, medically necessary physician care, prescription drugs, and mental health. 

    Providers: You may see any provider you wish. 

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    The UIGRADCare plan is a comprehensive health care program that covers hospital, medical, surgical, outpatient, and other health care services such as physical therapy. Coverage is also provided for routine physicals, newborn care, well-child checkups, and prescription drugs. 

    Providers: Must use Student Health and/or UI Health Care only.

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    Student Dental Plan

    All students may receive coverage through the Student Dental Plan, a 3 tier provider network within Delta Dental of Iowa. Covered services include checkups, teeth cleaning, cavity repair and tooth extractions, endodontic services, periodontal services, and more.

    Providers: Care can be obtained from any provider.

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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 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.