Regular full-time and regular part-time employees working at least 20 hours per week may elect one of the UA Choice Health Care Plans or opt out of coverage if already covered by another health plan. 


The lawful spouse of the employee, unless legally separated.

Please note: Wherever “spouse” is stated in the health care plan, a Financially Interdependent Partner would also be included provided all requirements are met as specified by the University of Alaska. 


A child is considered one of the following:

  • A “child” 25 years of age or younger
  • A natural offspring of either or both the employee or spouse
  • A legally adopted child of either or both the employee or spouse
  • A child for whom the employee has been granted court-appointed legal guardianship
    • Please note: There must be a court order signed by a judge, which grants guardianship of the child to the employee or spouse of the employee as of a specific date. When the court order terminates or expires, the child is no longer an eligible child.
  • A child for whom the employee or spouse is under a domestic relations order to provide medical benefits as directed by a divorce decree, a medical child support order, or other court-ordered dependent coverage
  • A foster child living with the employee
    • Please note: There must be a court or other order signed by a judge or state agency, which grants guardianship of the child to the employee or spouse of the employee as of a specific date. When the court order terminates or expires, the child is no longer an eligible child.
  • A child “placed” with the employee for the purpose of legal adoption in accordance with state law
    • Please note: Placed for adoption means assumption and retention by the employee of a legal obligation for total or partial support of a child in anticipation of adoption of such child.

Financially Interdependent Partner

The University of Alaska requires evidence of eligibility for all enrolled dependents. Supporting documents include birth certificate, marriage license, final adoption paperwork, tax returns showing claimed dependents, qualified medical child support orders, legal guardianship papers, etc. 

If you are a new employee, you have 30 days from your first day of employment to complete a health care formThis means that a form must be submitted by all new employees - even if you are opting out because you have health coverage elsewhere.

If no form is submitted in the 30-day election window, you will automatically be enrolled in the High-Deductible Health Care (HDHP) for employee only coverage.

How to Enroll
  1. Attend New Hire Orientation (held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month) to receive information about the UA Choice Health Care Plans. Register to attend by contacting your HR Coordinator. 
  2. Make your  elections by completing the UA Choice Benefit Enrollment Form within 30 days of your date of hire.
    • If enrolling dependents, you must provide supporting documentation at the time of enrollment.

Outside of the annual Open Enrollment period, an employee may change an enrollment election only if there has been a qualifying life event. The most common examples of qualifying life events include birth of a child, change in marital status, acquisition of coverage, and loss of coverage.

Mid-year changes outside of Open Enrollment must be completed within 30 days of the date of the event, unless the event is birth of a child or adoption, then you have 60 days to make changes to your benefits. 

For more information about Qualifying Life Events please visit the Qualifying Life Events page.

How to Make Changes
  1. Complete the Life Event Changes Form to update your benefits within the appropriate timeline.
    • If you are enrolling dependents for the first time, you must provide supporting documentation at time of enrollment. 
    • You must provide court  documents, to drop a spouse, if due to separation or divorce.

Please visit the Extended Temporary/Temporary Employees page for more information on qualifications and enrollment information. 

The UA Choice Health Care Plans are offered through Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska and feature three coverage options: 

*Please note that the individual and family deductibles work differently with the  CDHP,  if more than one person is covered, then the family deductible applies.

When selecting your optional benefits, the UA Choice Health Care Plan Comparison can help evaluate which plan may be the best fit for you. 

You may also reach out to DirectPath, your patient advocacy partner, with any questions regarding your health coverage. For more information, please select DirectPath from the menu on the left. 

The cost of the health care plan is shared between employees and the University, with the University currently paying 82% of the net plan cost. 

Monthly Premium Rates

Effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021

Access to care has been challenging due to the increased demand related to COVID-19. Because of this, we are providing you and your covered dependents (ages 1 and older) continued access to telehealth resources under your Premera plan. Telehealth Providers include: 
  • Doctor On Demand - video based care from a doctor, 24/7 
  • Telehealth services offered through your in-network provider’s office.
  • 24-Hour NurseLine – call the number on the back of your member ID card.
  • myCare Alaska allows you to securely chat with a dedicated doctor. Download the app on your mobile device and register today.
  • Talkspace for mental health needs.
  • Boulder Care for substance use disorder treatment.
  • WorkIt Health for substance use disorder treatment.

Note for COVID-19: 

  • Telehealth providers can’t diagnose COVID-19 or order any COVID-19 testing. Only providers seen in-person or at their office or clinic can diagnose and test for the COVID-19 virus. Testing can also be performed at drive-through locations.
  • Telehealth services may be able to assist with a review of symptoms and recommendations on next steps.

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