Achieving Healthcare at BU
The GSO has been addressing the issues and concerns of GRS graduate
students about healthcare costs and quality provided by the Chickering
We are pleased to annouce
that there will be healthcare coverage for full-time TFs and RAs
starting 2003-2004. Click here to see the
message from Dean Whitaker regarding payment of healthcare.
Previously, the GSO conducted a healthcare survey in April 2002.
The results are posted here in
word document format.
INFO (October 2003):
For additional information or FAQ's about the new
medical insurance credit for Teaching Fellows and Research Assistants, go
If you have taken out loans for the academic year and are a Teaching
Fellow or Research Assistant who will receive the medical insurance
credit, you can file a credit release voucher and a refund on your
account will be processed, as soon as the medical insurance credit is
applied to your account. If you need your refund much sooner, please
see a Financial Assistance coordinator in the GRS office.
Head of GSO Healthcare Committee
GSO Healthcare Conference: May
healthcare conference was held at BU sponsored by our committee to
achieve a regional understanding or consensus on how to obtain
healthcare funding or achieve quality healthcare for funded graduate
students at one's respective university.
We had attendees from Tufts, Northeastern, and MIT. We came up with an
interesting discussion. Notes from the conference are available here in word document
format. We also came up with a comparison of
funding of healthcare at various universities
BU's Student Medical
- Medical Plan:
Options for BU Students
The following are plans that
BU students may be able to take advantage of either in place of BU's
Student Medical Insurance Plan or as a supplement to it. They fall into
3 main categories: 1) normal insurance plans; 2) discount
plans that provide certain discounts at participating providers; or 3)
assistance programs, which require income or other kinds of
qualifications. Some plans can even supplement your insurance, covering
services that your insurance does not.
- Health Insurance:
- Gov't Programs:
Dental Care and
Dental Insurance Plans:
- The BU Dental School and other area
schools of dentistry offer dental care at reduced rates. The trade-offs
for lower prices however include long wait times and unpracticed hands,
but some students find this to be an acceptable alternative to full
Dental Center - Discount rates via their "Teaching Practice".
- Tufts Dental Clinics
- Discount rates via their "Undergraduate & Postgraduate Clinics".
Plans in Academia (for comparison)
Information on other plans offered in academia so that
you may compare them to what BU offers to students:
page last updated Augut 15, 2003 by J. Celli
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