UVA J1 Visa Health Plan

UVA J1 Visa Health Plan

The UVA J1 Visa Health Plan is a fully insured plan designed just for J1 visa holders that meets the minimum requirements set by the U.S. Department of State, including medical evacuation and repatriation. These requirements can change with minimal notice, and offering a plan specifically for J1 visa holders allows UVA to alter the plan benefits quickly, if necessary.


For the 2021 plan year, there are no changes to premiums or deductibles for the UVA J1 Visa Health Plan for UVA employees on J1 visas. However, there are action items for you to take.

Action Items

J1 Visa holders are still eligible for UVA's standard dental and vision coverage. Review your dental and vision options and determine if they are still appropriate for you and/or your family.

If your visa status changes to J1 Visa during the plan year, you will need to change your health coverage accordingly. 


Only those on J1 visas are eligible for enrollment in the UVA J1 Visa Health Plan.


($ is per calendar year) Inside U.S., In-Network Inside U.S., Out-of-Network Outside U.S.
Individual Deductible $500 $1,500 $500
Family Deductible $1,000 $3,000 $1,000
Individual Out-of-Pocket Max $5,500 $11,000 $2,500
Family Out-of-Pocket Max $11,000 $22,000 $5,000
  • For specific information about coverage and costs for each tier, please view the UVA J1 Visa Health Schedule of Benefits
  • Note that specialty drugs must be filled at the UVA Specialty Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy benefits are administered through Aetna; present the Aetna medical/Rx ID card to your pharmacy when you order your first prescription
  • View the Pharmacy Coverage document for additional details


Your premiums are the amount you spend on the UVA J1 Visa Health Plan each paycheck. Premiums are not included as contributions toward your deductible or out-of-pocket maximum. They are money you spend on health coverage, regardless of whether you use it or not.

2021 Monthly Employee Premiums

  Employee Premium Employer Contribution Total
Employee only $87.50 $257.16 $344.66
Employee + Spouse $176.25 $794.85 $971.10
Employee + Child(ren) $140.25 $621.29 $761.54
Employee + Family $282.25 $902.62 $1,184.87

2021 Monthly Housestaff Premiums

  Employee Premium Employer Contribution Total
Employee only $78.00 $266.66 $344.66
Employee + Spouse $91.50 $879.60 $971.10
Employee + Child(ren) $89.25 $672.29 $761.54
Employee + Family $101.50 $1,083.37 $1,184.87

Enroll in Workday

  • To review and elect your benefits in Workday

    • Navigate to Workday
    • In your Workday Inbox, click on the message titled "Open Enrollment Change: [Your Name] on 01/01/2021"
    • Follow the instructions to navigate through each part of the Workday Open Enrollment screens:
      1. Modify medical, dental, vision benefits, if desired
      2. Add or drop dependents, if applicable (adding a spouse requires spousal affidavit to be completed before finalizing your benefits elections). Confirm social security numbers for dependents.
      3. Elect/waive Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account
      4. View insurances and long-term disability
      5. Confirm or change beneficiaries for life insurance
      6. If you are not ready to submit, back up one page using your "back" arrow in your browser, and select "Save for Later"
      7. When you are ready to submit, electronically sign at the bottom of the last page and press the SUBMIT button
      8. Workday does not currently offer the option to confirm your elections in writing, so after you submit your elections, it is a good idea to print a copy of your elections confirmation for your records. This will save a PDF of the document, which you can print or save.
      9. Watch for additional emails in your Workday Inbox related to post-Open Enrollment action items you made need to take
    • The following Workday Job Aids and training video offer additional detailed instructions:


  • If you Change Your Mind on an Open Enrollment Choice You Made and Open Enrollment Has Not Closed

    You can make changes to your elections as long as the Open Enrollment period is open, even after you have submitted your elections.

    1. From the Benefits app in Workday, click on "Change Open Enrollment"
    2. You will be making changes to what has been previously submitted. Any changes made will need to be resubmitted. If you do not resubmit, the changes will be deleted and the previous submission will remain in effect.
    3. Move through the same screens to elect or waive coverage
    4. Once changes are complete, electronically sign at the bottom of the last page and press the SUBMIT button
    5. Print the new confirmation of benefits elections
  • Open Enrollment Workday System Walk-Through

    Watch this short video that gives step-by-step instructions for navigating the Open Enrollment screens in Workday.

I thought the process was seamless and easy to follow. Thank you for all the reminders and making sure that it didn't get overlooked. I actually made a change this year, based on the information provided. That's the first significant change I have made in 10 years. Leann Burns, Project Manager, University Staff M&P, Organizational Excellence

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For non-website questions or concerns about benefits and Open Enrollment, please contact the HR Solution Center by phone at 434.243.3344, or by email at AskHR@virginia.edu.

For previous Open Enrollment email communications, visit the Open Enrollment Communications Archive webpage.