Health and Accident Insurance

Fellows are required to have health insurance coverage during the term of the appointment. If the Fellow already has health insurance, the name of the policyholder, name of the insurance company and insurance contract number must be included on the signed terms of appointment. The Fellow must also provide a copy of his/her insurance card to ORAU before the appointment can begin.

Health Insurance Available through ORAU

The Fellow may select individual or family health insurance coverage through ORAU. The cost of this health insurance is shared by the Fellow and NASA. Information about the health insurance available through ORAU will be provided with the fellowship offer.

Insurance Requirement for Exchange Visitors

While in the United States, all exchange visitors and their dependent families are required to have health insurance that meets U.S. Department of State requirements for exchange visitors, including coverage for repatriation and medical evacuation. This information will be provided to non-U.S. citizens with the fellowship offer.

Worker's Compensation-Type Insurance

During the term of appointment, ORAU provides the Fellow with accident and death/dismemberment insurance (worker's compensation-type insurance), which provides coverage while the Fellow is engaged in normal research or research management activities related to the appointment. This insurance covers allowable expenses that are not covered by a personal health insurance policy. This insurance also covers relocation of remains for non-U.S. citizens up to a maximum amount of $7,500.

Fellows must immediately report any injury received while engaged in appointment-related research or research management activities to the NPP advisor, the NPP Center representative, and the ORAU NPP director. When necessary, the Fellow should seek emergency treatment immediately using the personal health insurance card and notify the NPP advisor, NPP Center representative and ORAU of the injury and treatment. ORAU will initiate the procedure to cover any allowable medical expenses under the appropriate worker’s compensation-type insurance.