Benefits

Benefits

Postdoctoral Scholars are eligible to participate in the Postdoctoral Scholar Benefit Plans which include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, short term disability, and voluntary long term disability. In addition, Postdoctoral Scholars are required to contribute to the University of California Defined Contribution Plan (DCP) as Safe Harbor participants, and may make voluntary contributions to any of the University of California Retirement Savings Program plans. In addition, the University shall pay the Workers Compensation Assessment and the Benefit Broker Fee for all Postdoctoral Scholars. All Postdoctoral Scholars are provided with repatriation and evacuation insurance.

Details of the plans and monthly premiums are available through the Garnett-Powers website.

There is also Information on benefits with regard to domestic partnerships.

Postdocs are obligated to contribute to the monthly health benefits plan for both the HMO and PPO. Postdoc Paid Directs who do not have an on-campus source also paying their salary will be billed the monthly premium by Garnett-Powers. Postdoc Fellows will have their monthly premium taken out of their salary unless they elect to be billed. To be billed directly by Garnett-Powers they must complete the attached form.

Initial eligibility requires an appointment at 100% time for at least 3 months or 50-99% time for at least 12 months. To retain eligibility a Postdoc is required to maintain an average regular paid time of at least 17.5 hours per week (43.75%).

Enrollment Process

To enroll in the benefit plans available, please go to the Garnett-Powers website. You will find plan information, instructions and the online form allowing you to enroll in the plans you choose.

If you have questions or concerns not addressed at the website, you are encourage to contact Garnett-Powers PSBP Customer Service at: 1-800-254-1758.

If you have additional questions, you may contact the Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Coordinator at Campus Benefits: (530) 754-4922. Individual consultation may be scheduled.

Step 1 (at Garnett-Powers website):

  • Review the plan descriptions and make coverage choices
  • Retrieve online enrollment form
  • Complete the form on screen and click the "Create Printable Enrollment Form" and print the form.

Step 2 (at UC Davis):

  • Sign the form, make a copy for your records, and send the signed original to HR/Campus Benefits, Attn: Postdoc Benefits Coordinator

A confirmation letter will be sent from Campus Benefits to your home verifying receipt and processing of the enrollment form.

Please note: Enrollment in PSBP is not complete until both steps have been completed.