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Garnett-Powers & Associates is pleased to offer the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Postdoctoral Trainee Benefits Program.
This comprehensive program is comprised of the following plans and insurance carriers:
- Medical: Aetna Open Choice 80/60 PPO and Aetna Open Choice 90/70 PPO
- Dental: Aetna DHMO or DPPO
- Vision: VSP Vision
- Life and AD&D: The Standard
- Long-Term Disability: The Standard
All Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) Postdoctoral Trainees are eligible to enroll in this benefit program:
All newly appointed postdocs will have their insurance coverage begin on your appointment start date (hire date) once GPA has confirmed your enrollment in the plans.
Eligible postdocs have 31 days from their appointment start date to enroll yourself and your eligible dependents (family members) in the various benefit plans. This timeframe if known as your Period of Initial Eligibility (PIE). Failure to enroll during your PIE will delay your enrollment until the next Open Enrollment period, which occurs each year during the month of September.
The major family member eligibility categories for this benefit program are the same family eligiblity requirements as the Vanderbilt University Faculty and Staff Plans:
- Natural or adpoted children to age 26 for medical plans (unless eligible to continue coverage because of disabilty). Adult age children are not eligible to enroll if they are eligible for their own employer-sponsored plan.
- Same-sex domestic partner
For those wishing to enroll their Same-sex domestic partner, you will need to complete the following since certain conditions must be met:
Contact Dr. Mistie Germek at:
Bret Psychological Services
306F Light Hall
Dr. Mistie Germek must complete a certification/enrollment for your eligible same-sex domestic partner. Dr. Germek's designation as a clinical psychologist allows him to provide this certification service while ensuring absolute confidentiality.
CURRENTLY ENROLLED? POSTDOCS NEEDING TO ENROLL A DEPENDENT (QUALIFYING EVENTS):
If you are currently enrolled, you may be able to enroll a newly eligible family member(s) if you experience one of the following qualifying life events:
- Legal Marriage/Domestic Partnership
- Birth of a Child
- Dependent loses coverage
- Adoption of a Child
You have 31 days from the date of the qualifying life event to enroll your eligible family member(s) by submitting an enrollment form on this site.
Open Enrollment is an annual period of time designated by Vanderbilt University Medical Center to allow you to make changes to your current enrollment that are otherwise not allowed throughout the rest of the year, unless you experience a qualifying life event. For instance, if you previously waived coverage for yourself and/or any eligible family members, during the designated open enrollment period, you may enroll both yourself and your dependents if you so desire in the available plan choices. For any plans in which you enroll, coverage always begins on October 1st. The annual open enrollment period is usually communicated and takes place during the month of September.