University of Florida graduate students on appointment as a Graduate Assistant, Teaching Assistant, or Research Assistant may participate in the GatorGradCare health insurance plan. The GatorGradCare plan includes two network tiers for medical providers. While it is not necessary to stay within only one network tier, participants should understand how using services in Tiers 1 and Tiers 2 affect out-of-pocket costs.


New! Online Therapy

Free for Graduate Assistants with GatorGradCare benefits

Not feeling like yourself? Now you can use a service called Talkspace to send text, video and audio messages or schedule live video sessions with a dedicated therapist via phone, tablet or computer. Available at no cost, Talkspace online therapy is available to graduate assistants, their spouses and dependents 18 years or older enrolled in GatorGradCare.

Wellness Incentive

Earn a $50 Amazon gift card by participating in a biometric screening and completing an online health assessment!

$50 Amazon gift cards will be distributed electronically by June to those that complete both the biometric screening and the online health assessment. Members must complete the biometric screening at one of the onsite events listed below or at a participating Quest Diagnostics location by March 15. Members must complete the online health assessment by March 31. This benefit is only available to the subscriber of the GatorGradCare health plan; covered spouses and dependents are not eligible.

Step 1: Complete your free biometric screening by March 15.

Screenings can be completed at an onsite event or participating Quest Diagnostics location. All of the onsite events are now over. If you missed the onsite screenings, you must use the Quest option listed below. 

Participating Quest Diagnostics Location:

GatorGradCare members who miss the screening, can’t get a convenient appointment, or live outside the Gainesville area may complete their screening at a participating Quest Diagnostics location between February 1 and March 15. More information can be found here

Step 2: Complete your online health assessment by March 31.

If you participated last year: Login to your existing Better You Strides portal through or your CafeWell mobile app.

If you did not participate last year: Create your Better You Strides account by following the directions here.

Once you are logged in, take the Health Assessment. If you do not see this on your home page, search in the ‘Add programs’ section.

Use the Quick Reference toolbar to the left for more information about your benefits.

Have questions? Contact your on-site Florida Blue Service Representatives.

Helpful Documents for 2018-2019 Benefits

*The following applies to the above plan:

As a result of the Affordable Care Act, GatorCare is required to provide employees with an easy-to-understand Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) statement that describes the plan’s coverage. All insurance companies must use the same format allowing members to compare plan options. Please note that the examples on page 8 for medical and page 12 for pharmacy, do not reflect actual GatorCare co-pays and deductibles, rather they are general examples required by the federal government. To get your GatorCare medical specific cost of services, call (800) 664-5295; for Magellan Pharmacy Benefits, call (800) 651-8921.