Visiting Scholars

Health Insurance

All domestic and international Visiting Scholars on the UC Berkeley campus are required to have health insurance for themselves and all accompanying dependents. Visiting Scholars are eligible to enroll in the UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar Benefit Plan (UCBVSBP), which is managed by Garnett-Powers & Associates (GPA). For detailed information and enrollment instructions, visit the University Health Services site.

Visiting Scholars who would like to arrive with their own insurance plan must have coverage that meets the minimum levels required by the US Department of State and UC Berkeley:

The minimum levels of coverage that must be offered through your own insurance are:

  • No overall maximum dollar limit for medical coverage
  • Annual deductible of no more than $500
  • Coinsurance that does not exceed 25%
  • Medical evacuation coverage must be at least $50,000
  • Repatriation coverage must be at least $25,000
  • Pre-existing conditions must be covered with no waiting period or exclusions
  • Maternity must be a covered benefit
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse services must be a covered benefit
  • Preventive Care & Wellness Services must be covered with no cost (includes immunizations and screening tests)
  • Prescription drugs must be a covered benefit
  • Carrier must be at least A- rated or backed by the full faith and credit of the Exchange Visitor's government

For instructions on how to waive out of UCBVSBP, go here.

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