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Medical Insurance

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina: An independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield AssociationHealth insurance benefits are available to all eligible postdoctoral scholars. Eligibility requires classification as either a Postdoc Research Associate or a Postdoc Research Trainee, and full-time temporary status in the UNC Payroll system. Individual postdocs have their monthly health insurance premiums covered by the institution (department or funding source). However, postdocs are responsible for covering the monthly premiums for partner/spouse and children.

The Postdoc Medical Insurance Plan is underwritten by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). Postdoctoral scholars who choose not to enroll in the health coverage benefits must sign a waiver form.

OPEN ENROLLMENT occurs annually from July 1 to July 31. During this period, postdocs may add dependents (spouses and/or children) to their plan if they are not already insured under the current plan. Dependent additions outside of open enrollment are limited to the first 30 days of hire or with a qualifying life event.

For questions regarding your coverage, please contact:

Website: Email: Phone: 1-800-762-8505

***New Medical Plan Rates effective July 1, 2024***

Cost to Postdoc
Postdoc Only $0.00**
Spouse $433.26
Child/ren $412.46
Postdoc and Family $845.96
**Cost of postdoc insurance is $464.37, and is covered by the postdoc’s PI/department.

Campus Health Fee $42.50 per month

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Coming soon- UNC Postdoc BCBSNC Packet 2024-2025 (medical, vision, dental)

2023-2024 Medical Plan (July 1, 2023- June 30, 2024)

Cost to Postdoc
Postdoc Only $0.00**
Spouse $458.56
Child/ren $467.45
Postdoc and Family $926.25
**Cost of postdoc insurance is $464.70, and is covered by the postdoc’s PI/department.

UNC Postdoc BCBSNC Packet 2023-2024 (FAQ, Summary of Benefits, Waiver Form)

Campus Health Services Packet 2023-2024

Postdocs and spouses/partners enrolled in the student blue medical plan enjoy a financial advantage by using Campus Health Services (CHS) as their first choice for primary medical care services. Covered children must seek medical care with a provider outside of Campus Health Services. Extensive primary care and health education services are available at CHS, including laboratory, radiology and pharmacy services. Please refer to the CHS website for details:

Eligibility and Enrollment

  • In order to be eligible for the Postdoc Medical Insurance Plan, the Postdoc must hold the HR position title of a postdoctoral trainee or postdoctoral research associate and be on payroll at least 30 hours per week.
  • Eligible postdocs are automatically enrolled via the monthly enrollment file by UNC payroll to BCBSNC following the postdoc’s appointment date. For example, if a Postdoc’s appointment date is December 1, BCBSNC will be notified of that Postdoc’s eligibility at the end of December and coverage will begin on the following month (for this example, January 1).
  • If the Postdoc wishes to opt out of the plan, they must sign a waiver form.
  • Completed Campus Health Services Packets should be mailed to CHS at Campus Health Services at James A. Taylor Building, CB 7470, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 or bring completed forms to their first visit.
  • Postdocs can complete enrollment for dependents, change their mailing address or terminate coverage using the online BCBSNC Student Blue Dashboard. Coverage begins on the first day of the month following the month of the Postdoc’s appointment effective date.
  • Postdocs enrolling dependents will be required to enter banking information in the Student Blue Dashboard. Initially, TWO months will be deducted from the banking or checking account. Blue Cross NC will use this bank information to bank draft for future dependent premium/s.
  • Payroll deductions for postdoc family (spouse and/or children) will no longer be possible after June 30, 2024.

ID Cards

  • It typically takes about 45 days from a postdoc’s appointment date for the Postdoc to receive an ID card. The ID card can also be viewed online using the Student Blue NC website 7-10 days after your appointment effective date. The Student Blue Dashboard Guide has instructions on how you can view your enrollment and update your mailing address as a newly enrolled postdoc.

Medical/Vision Plan Highlights

  • If the Postdoc is referred outside of CHS, they will be responsible for a $500 (individual) policy year deductible and 20% co-insurance assuming they visit a preferred provider. If the Postdoc visits a non-preferred provider, they will be responsible for a $1000 (individual) policy year deductible. Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC will then reimburse 70% Provider’s Reasonable Charge (PRC).
  • Prescriptions filled at CHS pharmacy is a $10 co-pay. If the cost of the drug is less than $10, the Postdoc will pay the lesser amount. For a list of drugs available at the CHS pharmacy, please access
  • If the Postdoc visits a retail pharmacy they should present the drug card to the pharmacist and pay a tiered copay.
  • Routine eye exam is a $10 co-pay per year (in-network) and up to $100 allowance for frames (in-network). Vision Benefits
  • Be in the Know- Insurance Education-Preventative Care
  • BCBSNC provides free aids and services to people with disabilities and free language services to people whose primary language is not English. If these services are needed, contact Customer Service 1-888-206-4697 /1-800-442-7028 (TTY and TDD)
  • Questions about the UNC Postdoc Health Insurance or Dental Insurance Plan? Please contact BCBSNC 1-800-762-8505 or

COBRA: Postdoctoral Scholar COBRA Health Insurance

Postdoctoral scholars on the health insurance plan have the option to continue health insurance coverage through COBRA for 18 months following discontinuation or termination by paying the full costs of the monthly premium themselves. For more information on how to enroll in COBRA, please contact BCBSNC at 1-800-762-8505 or

Health Insurance Options

Postdocs are encouraged to explore all of their options for health insurance. The websites listed below are given as a resource only and are not endorsed by UNC System, UNC Chapel Hill and/or Campus Health Services. Some things to consider when reviewing the options: verify the policy benefits, any exclusions, any waiting periods and if your preferred physician participates in the plan you select. See details below:

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Affordable Care Act (ACA) – Marketplace Government Insurance go to For Navigator* assistance with the ACA call 800-318-2596. You may also want to visit NC Legal Aid at or call 855-733-3711 to make an appointment with a Navigator*.

*A Navigator can explain Marketplace policies and assist you with the Marketplace enrollment process.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Blue Cross / Blue Shield health insurance products: Visit or call 800-894-2880


If you are the sole provider for your family, Medicaid may be an option. You can contact your county Medicaid office for assistance. If you are able to enroll in Medicaid, please allow enough time for Medicaid to process your enrollment before the waive deadline. Below is contact information for nearby counties:

Other Options

Aetna, Assurant Health, Cigna, Celtic, Coventry, Humana, United HealthCare and other plans:

Temporary Health Insurance

Health Providers

Campus Health Services
James A. Taylor Building
CB# 7470
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

General information and Appointments: (919) 966-2281

Postdocs enjoy a financial advantage by using the Campus Health Services (CHS) as their first choice for primary medical care services. Spouses may visit Campus Health Services as well, but covered children must seek medical care with a provider outside of Campus Health Services. Extensive primary care and health education services are available at CHS, including laboratory, radiology and pharmacy services. Please refer to the CHS website for details.

  • Campus Health’s role with Coronavirus includes supporting post-doctoral fellows’ health concerns. Call 919-966-6603 (M – F 8a- 5p) or 919-966-6573 (weekends 8a – 5p) or email to report return from international travel or ask questions about self-quarantining.
  • COVID-19 Service Details (Testing, Vaccination, Booster, FAQ)

Vision Care/Discounts

Blue 20/20: There is a $10 co-pay for one comprehensive eye exam (in-network) per year. It also includes $100 hardware allowance for glasses and contacts.

Dental Insurance

Dental insurance will be provided for all postdocs who select the 2024-2025 UNC System Postdoc Health Insurance Plan.

Postdocs can receive a free, no-obligation quote from Dental Blue for their spouse/partner and/or child/ren.

Alternative Options for Dental:

Campus Smiles Dental Office

Campus-Smiles Dental Office is an independent affiliate of UNC that provides dental services to the greater UNC community located inside Campus Health. *This is not insurance can only be used at Campus Smiles in Chapel Hill

*Premium Plan $274.00/year per individual/same rate for child or adult

Covers 100% preventative care (no deductibles, no co-pay)

additional services @30% discount

UNC Dental School (

Cost depends on treatment plan- no price guide for services.

Initial Registration includes screening appointment for $81.00 (exam, x-rays, one extraction if needed)

Screening appointment determines future cleaning plan with graduate student/faculty guidance. Price is available with cleaning plan. If come in pain, urgent care services are $300.

The UNC Dental Faculty Practice offers offer all dental procedures, from routine cleanings to complex oral surgery. The Dental Faculty Practice is a fee-for-service dental practice with fees comparable to that found at a private practice in the surrounding community. Payment is due at time of service. UNC-CH employees and their immediate families a 20% discount on new-patient exams and the associated X-rays taken that day. For more information visit or make an appointment by calling 919-537-3939. Be sure to identify yourself as a UNC-CH employee (Postdocs are considered full-time temporary employees).

Caring for our Community

When you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed, help is available. Visit the Healthy Heels blog for tips and tools for coping through the continuum of your daily stress. In addition, postdocs can take advantage of the Counseling and Psychological Services or the Employee Assistance Program for faculty and staff.  Wellness resources to support employee physical and mental well-being are also available on the Work Life section of the Benefits page including Wellness Wednesday Webinars.

  • If you have need for an accommodation due to personal health concerns, we encourage you to visit the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office accommodations site at
  • Likewise, if you require flexibility with your work schedule or arrangements due to things such as child or eldercare issues, or transportation concerns, we ask that you work with your supervisor or department chair.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) remains available  to postdocs and their families and provides a range of emotional  support services and resources.
  • Campus Health will remain open for limited services, and the University continues to provide insurance coverage for postdoctoral scholars. Please call 919–966–2281 prior to going to Campus Health. Visit for Campus Health Services latest information on COVID19. If you need to seek mental wellness resources, visit CAPS or take advantage of the Employee Assistance Program, which is also available to Postdocs.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Fact Sheets:

For Blue Cross NC’s latest information on the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit

Point of Blue Blog:


Postdoctoral scholars are a vital part of UNC-Chapel Hill’s research community. Your health and well-being and the importance of your research work continue to be a top priority. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs,, if you have any concerns or questions.