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Important Update on Health Insurance for GTAs, GRAs, and GAs

Graduate Students appointed in a 0.5 FTE Graduate Teaching Assistant, Graduate Research Assistant or Graduate Assistant position are currently offered health insurance through the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) graduate student insurance plan. The University currently pays 75% of the premium contribution toward this insurance plan.

IRS Notice 2016-17 informed employers that such premium reduction arrangements fail to satisfy the Affordable Care Act because employer payments to individual plans are not permissible.  Student health insurance plans (SHIP) are deemed to be individual plans.  The IRS issued transition relief for such arrangements for plans with policy years beginning before January 1, 2017.  The current Kansas Board of Regents plan year began August 1, 2016 and runs through July 31, 2017. 

What does this mean for our current graduate students?

Graduate students who meet the criteria to be enrolled in the graduate student health insurance plan will continue to be eligible for the health insurance through July 31, 2017.

What are your options beginning in August 2017?

Graduate students will have several insurance options for the 2017-2018 academic year, starting August 1, 2017.

These options may include but are not limited to:

  • Enroll in the student health insurance plan through the Kansas Board of Regents
  • Covered as a dependent on a parent (until age 26) or spouse’s health insurance plan
  • Enroll in the health insurance marketplace. The gain or loss of health insurance is considered a qualifying event for a new health insurance enrollment. 

Kansas State University values the contributions provided by our graduate student employees.  The University is currently exploring an alternative to provide support to these graduate student employees in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Attend an informational session to have your questions answered

GTAs, GRAs, and GAs are encouraged to attend an informational session to learn more about these changes and other options for health insurance coverage.  The session is being offered at two times this Friday.

  • Friday, October 21, 2016
  • 9:30am and 3:00pm
  • Cottonwood Room (second floor of K-State Student Union)