Postdoctoral Fellows - Health & Welfare

Benefits Highlights Postdoctoral FellowsColumbia University offers Postdoctoral Fellows a range of Health & Welfare benefits that help you stay well and protect yourself and your family. From competitive, high-quality healthcare benefits to wellness programs, we provide resources to support you and your family’s health and happiness.

See the Health & Welfare benefits information below. For other Postdoc benefits and services, visit Postdoctoral Affairs.




ID Cards

Medical and Prescription Drugs

If you enroll in medical benefits, you will receive a new UnitedHealthcare ID card. This card will include member information for your Medical and Prescription drug coverage. It takes approximately four weeks for new hires to receive an ID card. If you need a temporary ID card sooner, go to two weeks after you complete your benefits enrollment to download and print your temporary card.


Aetna will not mail you an ID card. Instead, they will mail you a letter confirming your enrollment. When you go to the dentist, you can show the office a copy of that letter, or tell the office your name, date of birth and Member ID# (or your Social Security Number). If you still prefer to have an ID card, sign up on Aetna's member website to print out a card for you and your dependents.


If you use the Vision benefit, you may be asked for your Vision ID number, which is the same ID number that is on your UHC Medical ID card.