Individual coverage: Postdocs are eligible for all health care insurance plans available to employees at Rice University. This includes medical and dental plans found on the benefits website.
Dependent coverage: Postdocs may enroll their eligible dependents in the medical plans, but are required to pay the employee premium for this coverage. The University will also pay its portion of the cost. Depending on the award terms, dependent coverage may or may not be a reimbursable expense.
Awards that provide a health care allowance
In those cases in which a postdoctoral award is accompanied by an institutional allowance that may be used to cover up to the full cost of health insurance, fellows will have the opportunity to participate in the University’s employee health plan program at no cost to the researcher. The normal health plan premium deductions will be taken from the postdoc and they can then apply for reimbursement under the grant up to amount available. The University may also seek reimbursement from the grant for the Rice portion of the premiums if funding is available.
In the case of a health care allowance that is insufficient to cover the normal health plan premium deductions, the researcher is expected to pay the difference.
Awards that do not provide a health care allowance
If a fellow is sponsored by a postdoctoral fellowship that does not provide an allowance that can be used to cover the cost of the fellow’s health care premium, the fellow will, nevertheless, have the option to participate in the employee health plans at the University. However, in this case, the researcher is expected to pay only the employee portion of the premium and University will pay its portion of the cost.
To seek reimbursement of the fellow portion of the health care premium, the post-doc should contact his/her department administrator, who will prepare a reimbursement check request. The reimbursement request must be supported by a copy of the Esther print out documenting the deductions. Reimbursement is limited to available funds.