Cigna Global Health Advantage (CGHA) Insurance Plan FAQs

Cigna is the plan provider for the Cigna Global Health Advantage (CGHA) insurance plan. Please contact Cigna directly with your questions about the insurance plan at 1-302-797-3100 or toll-free at 1-800-44102668 or visit the Cigna Website.

Questions about eligibility and enrollment should be directed to the Solutions Center at or 517-353-4434.

Eligibility and Enrollment Info

You are eligible to enroll if you are a regular full-time (90-100%) or part-time (50-89.9%) support staff, faculty, academic staff, or executive management employee appointed 9 months or longer AND meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are a J1 or J2 visa holder
  • Your MSU work assignment will be outside the USA for six months or longer
You can enroll within 30 days of meeting eligibility or during open enrollment in October each year for the following plan year.
Fill out the Enrollment Form and return via email, mail or in-person to the Solutions Center at or Nisbet Building, 1407 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48823. 
Yes. You may enroll your dependents in the CGHA plan.
Yes. Dependents of employees enrolled in the CGHA plan that are based in the USA can be enrolled and have access to in-network and out-of-network providers.

No, this plan is designed to cover individuals who will be living outside the United States for 6 months or longer.  Please contact the Risk Management Office to ensure you have the appropriate coverage for your travel. 

Yes, this plan is designed to cover individuals who will be living outside the United States for 6 months or longer and continuing to actively work for MSU. 

CGHA Plan Info

The CGHA plan covers medical, prescription, dental, evacuation and repatriation services with access to health care professionals and facilities worldwide. For more details on plan costs and coverage, review the CGHA Plan Summary of Benefits here.

Find monthly premium rates for the CGHA plan on the HR website.

Your insurance premium will be deducted monthly from your paycheck. If you are on a leave of absence without pay, you will receive a bill monthly from MSU Human Resources with your insurance premium. 
Please visit the Cigna Website to find a health care provider. 
 Please visit the  Cigna Website   to download and/or print your insurance card.

Leave of Absence and Employment Termination Info

You will be eligible to continue coverage through COBRA. You will receive a COBRA election notice and enrollment form and must enroll within 60 days to continue coverage.

You are no longer eligible for the CGHA plan after you retire. You will have 30 days to elect a new plan for eligible retirees.

Maybe. This plan is designed to cover individuals who live outside the USA for 6 months or longer and continue to actively work for MSU. In most instances, since an employee is not actively working for MSU on a leave of absence without pay, they would not be eligible to enroll in the CGHA plan.

However, if you are on an approved sabbatical leave, since this is intended for the mutual benefit of the university and the faculty member, you are considered still actively working for MSU and therefore eligible to enroll in the CGHA plan.


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