graduate assistant health insurance

MSU provides health coverage for graduate assistants and their eligible dependents through Blue Care Network (BCN). As a graduate assistant, you are enrolled automatically in the health plan, and MSU picks up the cost of your health coverage. Through this plan, you have access to quality health care through hospitals, physicians, and affiliated health care professionals in the BCN provider network. Locate a provider through the BCN website.

What about my spouse/other eligible individual and dependents?

They are eligible for coverage under this plan too; however, their enrollment is not automatic so you'll need to enroll them. MSU contributes to the premium of dependent coverage. Visit the rates page for more details.

Who Is Eligible?

  • Graduate assistants
    • With 1/4, 1/2, or 3/4 appointments (eligible for tuition waiver); AND
    • Who have worked at least 53 calendar days during their Fall or Spring appointment, or 46 calendar days during their Summer appointment
  • Eligible dependents
    • Spouse/Other Eligible Individual
    • Children (must be under the age of 26)
    • Stepchildren (must be under the age of 26)

Enroll Your Eligible Dependents Here

Resources

BCN partners with Relation for enrollment and payment for this plan. Visit  bcbsm.com/msu for more information or call 800-662-6667.

Want to learn more about how this plan works? Not sure whether this plan is right for your eligible dependents? Talk to ALEX, our virtual benefits counselor to get a simple breakdown of the plan and tips on whether it might work for you. 

Additional resources:


2018-19 Enrollment Deadlines and Coverage Periods

Graduate Assistant Coverage Periods

Enrollment Dates Coverage Period
Effective Date Effective Date Termination Date
Fall August 16, 2018 February 15, 2019
Spring I January 1, 2019 August 15, 2019
Spring II February 16, 2019 August 15, 2019
Spring III May 16, 2019 August 15, 2019

Waive Coverage: You can opt-out of automatic enrollment in this health plan through the waiver system at  stuinfo.msu.edu. Learn more about  Waiver Requirements.

Eligible Dependents Enrollment Periods, Deadlines and Coverage Periods

Enrollment Dates Coverage Period
Enrollment Period Enrollment Opens Enrollment Deadline Effective Date Termination Date
Fall July 24, 2018 September 30, 2018 August 16, 2018 February 15, 2019
Spring I December 1, 2018 February 15, 2019 January 1, 2019 August 15, 2019
Spring II December 1, 2018 February 15, 2019 February 16, 2019 August 15, 2019
Spring III April 16, 2019 June 30, 2019 May 16, 2019 August 15, 2019
First Quarter July 24, 2018 September 30, 2018 August 16, 2018 November 15, 2018
Second Quarter October 16, 2018 November 15, 2018 November 16, 2018 February 15, 2019
Third Quarter January 16, 2019 February 15, 2019 February 16, 2019 May 15, 2019
Fourth Quarter April 16, 2019 June 30, 2019 May 16, 2019 August 15, 2019

Note:  Your dependents cannot be enrolled beyond your enrollment.


2017-18 Enrollment Deadlines and Coverage Periods

Graduate Assistant Coverage Periods

Enrollment Dates Coverage Period
Effective Date Effective Date Termination Date
Fall August 15, 2017 February 14, 2018
Spring I January 1, 2018 August 15, 2018
Spring II February 15, 2018 August 15, 2018
Spring III May 12, 2018 August 15, 2018


Eligible Dependents Enrollment Periods, Deadlines and Coverage Periods

Enrollment Dates Coverage Period
Enrollment Period Enrollment Opens Enrollment Deadline Effective Date Termination Date
Fall July 24, 2017 September 30, 2017 August 15, 2017 February 14, 2018
Spring I December 1, 2017 February 15, 2018 January 1, 2018 August 15, 2018
Spring II December 1, 2018 February 15, 2018 February 15, 2018 August 15, 2018
Spring III April 12, 2018 June 30, 2018 May 12, 2018 August 15, 2018
First Quarter July 24, 2017 September 30, 2017 August 15, 2017 November 14, 2017
Second Quarter October 15, 2017 November 15, 2017 November 15, 2017 February 14, 2018
Third Quarter January 15, 2018 February 15, 2018 February 15, 2018 May 11, 2018
Fourth Quarter April 12, 2018 June 30, 2018 May 12, 2018 August 15, 2018