May 17, 2018
To: University Business Managers
From: Cash Management Team

This email is specifically for those who are responsible for graduate students enrolled in the Graduate Student Health Insurance Program (GSHIP).  The May 2018 GSHIP premium file has been uploaded into Connect Carolina and departments now have access to the GradStar GSHIP Administrator Premium Maintenance page to update allocations to Research Assistants/Teaching Assistants (RA/TAs).  The total cost allocation must equal the monthly premium amount of $324.43.

REMINDER: Departments will continue to incur charges for insurance for graduate students not removed from Graduate Student Health Insurance (GSHIP). Please forward this email to the appropriate personnel in your area to ensure these actions are completed.

Graduate students who will be graduating at the end of the Spring Semester must be removed from the Graduate Student Health Insurance Program effective May 31, 2018.

To do this, go to GSHIP Enrollment (under the ConnectCarolina Student Admin GradStar Menu) and select the name of the student graduating. Change the Enrollment Status to “Pending Graduation.” In the Reason field, please indicate the date of 5/31/2018.  Once you have made the changes, email Cash Management (cash_management@unc.edu) with your list of student names, PIDs and effective termination dates so that we can approve the update in ConnectCarolina.

Students who graduate in May 2018 are covered by the graduate insurance until May 31, 2018. Action to remove them from GSHIP must be done *NO LATER THAN Wednesday, May 30, 2018*. Once a student has graduated, they are no longer eligible for the Graduate Student Health Insurance program. Blue Cross Blue Shield will notify each student by letter to inform them of this change.

Please remember that effective July 31, 2014, COBRA is no longer offered as part of GSHIP. All students terminating their insurance will need to obtain outside insurance once their coverage with GSHIP ends. Graduation is considered a qualifying event. Students may enroll in Student Blue through the end of July 2018.  Former students are responsible for the monthly premium payments.  For more information please contact Student Blue at 888-351-8283 for questions on future insurance options. Students have 30 days from May 31 to enroll in another policy to ensure no lapse in coverage.

See Policy 1112 – Graduate Student Health Insurance Policy (https://unc.policystat.com/policy/4473947/latest/) – Other Provisions for information about coverage during summer for non-graduating students.

Please contact cash_management@unc.edu if you have any questions about changes to enrollment status in ConnectCarolina.  Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

If you have questions, please contact:

Cash Management Team

  • Brett Kenney: 919-962-1601
  • Bernice Revelle: 919-843-8965
  • Tammy Jorgenson: 919-962-7793

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

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