Postdoctoral Scholar Employees (Title Codes 3252, 3255, 3256) are eligible to participate in the Health FSA (HFSA) and Dependent Care FSA (DCFSA) plans.  The HFSA is a pre-tax benefit account that is used to pay for eligible medical, dental, and vision care expenses that are not covered by your health plan or elsewhere. A Dependent Care FSA (DCFSA) is a pre-tax benefit account used to pay for eligible dependent care services, such as preschool, summer day camp, before or after-school programs, and child or adult daycare.  For more information on FSA plans and how to use them, check out the FAQs. 



Flexible Spending Account


View the WEX FSA Video Presentation

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account Summary

Health Care Flexible Spending Account Summary


Gallagher Benefit Services is pleased to offer the UC Postdoctoral Scholar Benefit Plan.

  • Medical: Health Net HMO or PPO
  • Dental: Health Net DHMO or Principal Point of Service
  • Vision: Health Net PPO
  • Life: The Standard Insurance (Eligible Postdocs will be automatically enrolled)
  • AD&D: The Standard Insurance (Eligible Postdocs will be automatically enrolled)
  • Short-Term Disability: The Standard Insurance (Eligible Postdocs will be automatically enrolled)
  • Health FSA and Dependent Care FSA

    In addition, Eligible Postdocs will have access to the following services:

  • Wellness Programs
  • The Standard Travel Assist Program
  • Child and Home Care Providers
  • Mental Health Benefits

    Important Information


    As a new postdoc appointed in any of the postdoc title codes of 3252, 3253, 3254, 3255 or 3256, you have 31 days from your date of appointment to enroll yourself and your eligible dependents.

    Family member eligibility requirements are the same as the family member eligibility requirements for the University of California Faculty and Staff plans. The major family member eligibility categories are the following:

    • Spouse
    • Natural or adopted child or children to age 26 for medical plans (unless eligible to continue coverage because of disability). Adult age children are not eligible to enroll if they are eligible for their own employer-sponsored plan.
    • Same-sex or Opposite-sex domestic partner, as long as the relationship meets established criteria.

    Note: When two family members are employed through the UC, duplicate coverage is not allowed.

    Your eligible family members must be enrolled with the same coverage start date as you, which is the date of appointment. However, you may enroll eligible family members at a later time due to a qualifying event as listed in the section below.  

    Failure to enroll yourself, or enroll your dependents, within this time frame could result in a significant delay in access to coverage, or the inability to enroll yourself and/or your dependents until the next Open Enrollment period.

    UC's Definition of a Domestic Partnership

    • Each Other's Sole Domestic Partner in a Long-Term, Committed Relationship and Intended to Remain so Indefinitely
    • Neither Party Legally Married or a Partner in Another Domestic Relationship
    • Not Related to Each Other by Blood
    • Both Parties 18 Years Old and Capable of Consenting to the Relationship
    • Parties Financially Interdependent
    • Parties Share a Common Residence


    All Postdoctoral Scholars in job codes 3252 (Postdoctoral Scholar - employee), 3253 (Postdoctoral Scholar - fellow), and 3254 (Postdoctoral Scholar - direct paid) and their dependents are automatically covered for medical evacuation and repatriation benefits necessary to satisfy the J Visa Program.