Graduate appointees, fellows, and trainees in eligible positions can participate in the Graduate Appointee Insurance Program (GAIP), a program negotiated between the UW and United Auto Workers on a three-year basis.
The UW pays the monthly premium for student appointees' insurances listed in the next section.
To be eligible for GAIP benefits, you must be enrolled for at least 10 credits for the quarter, and your position must be 50% FTE or greater and paid on five of the six pay days of the coverage period. Your department—by entering information into the payroll system within a predetermined deadline—confirms that you will meet the eligibility requirements. Below is a chart of positions eligible for GAIP.
The following table provides the titles and earning types which, in combination with the appointment and academic requirements, constitute an eligible position:
|Code||Title||Eligible Earn Type|
|0801||Pre doctoral Teaching Associate 2||GSA/GSO*|
|0802||Pre doctoral Teaching Associate 1||GSA/GSO|
|0804||Pre doctoral Instructor||GSA/GSO|
|0805||Pre doctoral Lecturer||GSA/GSO|
|0806||Pre doctoral Instructor||GSA/GSO|
|0807||Pre doctoral Lecturer||GSA/GSO|
|0808||Pre doctoral Researcher||GSA/GSO|
|0809||Pre doctoral Instructor||GSA/GSO|
|0810||Pre doctoral Lecturer||GSA/GSO|
|0811||Pre doctoral Researcher||GSA/GSO|
|0815||Pre doctoral Teaching Associate 2||GSA/GSO|
|0816||Pre doctoral Teaching Associate 1||GSA/GSO|
|0818||Pre doctoral Teaching Associate 2||GSA/GSO|
|0819||Pre doctoral Teaching Associate 1||GSA/GSO|
|0830||Academic Research Appointee||GSA/GSO|
|0831||Rotation Research Appointee||GSA/GSO|
|0832||Top Scholar Research Appointee||GSA/GSO|
|0838||Pre doctoral Staff Associate 2||GSA/GSO|
|0839||Pre doctoral Staff Associate 1||GSA/GSO|
|0840||Graduate Staff Assistant||GSA/GSO|
|0841||Pre doctoral Staff Associate 2||GSA/GSO|
|0842||Pre doctoral Staff Associate 1||GSA/GSO|
|0843||Graduate Staff Assistant||GSA/GSO|
|0844||Pre doctoral Researcher||GSA/GSO|
|0845||Pre doctoral Research Associate 2||GSA/GSO|
|0846||Pre doctoral Research Associate 1||GSA/GSO|
|0848||Pre doctoral Research Associate 2||GSA/GSO|
|0849||Pre doctoral Research Associate 1||GSA/GSO|
|0851||Pre doctoral Research Associate 2||GSA/GSO|
|0852||Pre doctoral Research Associate 1||GSA/GSO|
|0854**||Graduate Research Student Assistant||GSA/GSO|
|0855||Pre doctoral Staff Associate 2||GSA/GSO|
|0856||Pre doctoral Staff Associate 1||GSA/GSO|
|0857||Graduate Staff Assistant||GSA/GSO|
|0895||Pharmacy Professional Staff Assistant 2||GSA/GSO|
|0896||Pharmacy Professional Staff Assistant 1||GSA/GSO|
* Note: GSA is Graduate Student Appointment with benefits; GSO is Graduate Student Appointment with OASI benefits (i.e. reduced credit hours).
** Job Code 0854, Graduate Research Student Assistant (GRSA), is limited to appointments during the summer quarter only. This job code may not be used during fall, winter or spring quarters.
The UW also pays the monthly premium for Fellows and Trainees in eligible positions. You must be enrolled for at least 10 credits per quarter, and your position must pay at least $800 per month, and you must be paid on at least five of the six paydays of the coverage period.
The following tables provide the titles and earning types, which in combination with the appointment and academic requirements constitute an eligible position:
|Code||Title||Eligible Earn Type|
|0859||Stipend Grad Trainee-C||SWB/SWT*|
|0863||Stipend Grad Fellow-A||SWB/SWT|
|0864||Stipend Grad Trainee- A||SWB/SWT|
*SWB refers to Stipend with Benefits. SWT is the equivalent of SWB for non-resident aliens.
The self-pay option allows you to participate in the GAIP benefits by enrolling and paying premiums directly to LifeWise Assurance Company (LifeWise). Review all self-pay information.
Students who are eligible and enrolled in this program may also enroll eligible dependents. The same dependent eligibility rules apply to all four quarters. An eligible dependent is defined as:
A dependent who becomes newly eligible as a result of a qualifying life event (such as marriage, birth, or adoption) may be added mid-quarter if:
The steps to take after the event occurs are :
Graduate appointees, fellows, and trainees in eligible positions may participate in GAIP during summer quarter based on eligibility status. See Summer Quarter Information.
Is the GAIP plan that is offered considered credible for prescriptions by Medicare? LifeWise Assurance Company has determined that the prescription drug coverage offered by your health plan is, on average for all plan participants, expected to pay out as much as standard Medicare prescription drug coverage pays and is therefore considered "Credible Coverage." Because your existing coverage is Credible Coverage, you can keep this coverage and not pay a higher premium (a penalty) if you later decide to join a Medicare drug plan. View and/or download the Credible Coverage Notice.