For participating Graduate Interns and Scholars and Fellows


The Getty will provide you with health insurance as reported in your invitation letter.

Please note that the Getty does not offer health insurance to Scholars, Fellows, Graduate Interns and their eligible family members who will be in residence less than 12 weeks.

The coverage consists of the medical HMO UnitedHealthcare Signature Value Advantage plan, a dental plan by Metlife and, a vision plan by VSP. For a view of these plans and family members eligibility please click here.

A fee (premium) will be deducted from your paychecks for contribution toward the cost of this coverage. Remember that you will receive a paycheck every other week. Deductions will start on the first day of your residency reported in your invitation letters and will end on the last day of the month of your residency. For example, if your residency ends on December 11th, the premium will be deducted until December 31st. To see the costs of the premium click here.

Fees for office visits, services, and medications will not be deducted from your paychecks but, you will pay if and when you receive the services or the medications.

If you need to enroll a child in school please contact the school you selected to learn about their immunization requirements. Click here for general information on California immunization requirements.

The amount the Getty pays to supplement the cost of your coverage is considered taxable income to you.

If you are a US citizen or a permanent US resident you may choose to retain your current insurance and waive Getty health plan coverage. Please let us know your choice by sending OSIP the completed Insurance Verification Form for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

If you will be entering the US with a J-1 visa please read the following paragraphs very carefully!

In accordance with the US Code of Federal Regulations, Vol. 22, section 62.14., exchange visitors coming to the USA on a J-1 visa must maintain adequate health insurance for themselves, and any dependents on a J-2 visa, throughout their stay in the USA. Failure to maintain insurance will lead to loss of legal status and termination from the program!

Please know that the health insurance offered at the Getty is in compliance with the requirements of the US Code of Federal Regulations, it provides comprehensive coverage, and it also supports pre-existing conditions.

We understand how complicated it is to navigate through the world of health insurance, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you! Once you arrive at the Getty, you will receive a very gentle but detailed explanation of the coverage and you will have the opportunity to ask questions before enrolling in the plans. Also, the Getty Human Resources department and OSIP will provide assistance with any questions related to this coverage throughout your residency!

However, if you will not be in residence for at least 12 weeks or, if you prefer to purchase an insurance policy on your own, please make sure that it is in compliance with all the requirements of the US Code of Federal Regulations, including the grading system, as well as the other requisites listed on the same web page! For your safety, we strongly suggest that the plan provides for a larger amount of medical coverage than the one required by the US Department of State because costs of medical care in the US are extremely high! Please be aware that, if you will be in residence less than 12 weeks or you decline Getty coverage, the Getty will not provide you or your family members any health coverage whatsoever, and we will not be able to help you with questions related to any other coverage you buy.

You will also need to let us know about your insurance choice by sending OSIP the completed J-1 Exchange Visitor Insurance Verification Form, along with the requested documentation, before you enter the USA.

We recommend that you check with your travel agent to obtain a travel/flight health insurance especially if you decide to arrive in the US before the beginning of your Getty residency.

Please contact OSIP at osip@getty.edu if you have any questions.

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