Appending to last email regarding SHP insurance:
Thanks to CS grad student Bhashite, there is an important clarification regarding the PGO plan. Please see the note from Bhashite below.
Even though Dr. Armistead points out we can purchase PGO (I think its a typo because the document she is sharing has PGH policy only) is only for perimeter college students, not for Atlanta Campus students.
This is some excerpts from their email.
4. I noticed that PGH Global is much cheaper compared to SHIP. Can I enroll in PGH Global instead of SHIP?
Please first determine if you are eligible for PGH Global:
GSU Atlanta Campus:
· All J-1 Academic Training (AT) students, J-1 visiting scholars, and J-1 exchange students, and F-1 OPT students who are NOT degree-seeking.
· All eligible dependents (legal spouse and/or dependent children under 26 years old) of students and visiting scholars enrolled in SHIP.
· F-1 students at the Atlanta Campus are not eligible to purchase PGH Global.
GSU Perimeter College:
· All F and J visa international students and international visiting scholars who are currently registered for classes.
· All eligible dependents (legal spouse and/or dependent children under 26 years old) of F and J students and visiting scholars who are enrolled in SHIP.
9. I am an international student at GSU Perimeter College. Can I purchase insurance from another company and waive out?
PC students may only waive out with PGH Global or with an ACA compliant policy.
Note: ESL students should enroll in PGH Global.
On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 2:17 PM Ashwin Ashok <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 2:09 PM Tammie T Dudley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Could you please forward the information below (with the attachment) to our graduate students email list?
Hello CS Graduate Students
Please find the latest response from Dr. Lisa Armistead in response to the petition and questions from Dept. of CS graduate students. I have highlighted some key points in RED.
Kindly, do not independently email Dr. Armistead as multiple emails about the same subject from different students can lead to confusion. Please let me know if you have any issues further and we will take it further. If you are not aware, a set of graduate students in our department have been representing and I believe a CS graduate student association is under formation. I also believe there is a SLACK channel communication going on amongst CS graduate students. Kindly reach out to be involved.
---------Excerpt from Dr. Armistead's email response--------
Unfortunately, we do not have control over the USG's decisions regarding health insurance. The timing of the changes is difficult for many reasons, and I am certainly concerned for our students. I have advocated for and have received support for continuing the university's support to continue to offset the cost of health insurance for graduate assistants. The university will continue to contribute $400 per academic year per student to offset the cost of the SHIP policy.
Attached is an FAQ that I received today from the USG. There is some helpful information about health insurance for our international students, and they provide a justification for requiring the ACA compliant policy. Note that the PGO policy for international students can be used to waive out of SHIP.
Again, I share your concerns about the financial challenges this presents but have limited control over the decisions that were made. Students will need to pay their complete bill by the next fee drop, 8/24/2020.
Lisa Armistead, Ph.D.
Dean, Georgia State University Graduate School
Professor of Psychology