Benefits

Dear Benefits Eligible Employee,

We are pleased to offer benefit programs which provide a full range of plan choices and comprehensive coverage.

If you are an active, regular employee at the University, you are eligible to participate in the Plans providing health, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, AD&D, long term disability insurance, and long term care benefits provided that you are one of the following:

  • an exempt or non-exempt employee regularly scheduled to work 17.5 hours or more a week, with a minimum 90 days employment period; or
  • a faculty member with at least a half time (as determined by the academic department), two semester appointment

With the exception of the 401(a) Basic Retirement Plan, 403(b) Voluntary Retirement Plan, and long term care, in order to participate, you must enroll in the University’s benefit plans within 31 days of the date when you are first eligible.

You may obtain enrollment information by contacting the Human Resources Benefits Office. Your elections with respect to health, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, AD&D, long term disability insurance, and long term care insurance benefits under the respective Plans will be effective on the date you are first eligible.

Note: If you are not actively at work on the date coverage takes effect, coverage for you and your eligible dependents is delayed until you return to active employment. This is also true for changes in coverage, so that a change in coverage generally will not be effective until a return to active employment status. However, if you are not actively at work due to a health condition, you will be treated as actively at work for purposes of all group health benefits.

When you enroll in the Health, Dental or Vision Plans, you may elect individual, two-person, or family coverage. If you elect individual coverage, only you will be covered. If you elect two-person coverage, you and one eligible dependent will be covered. If you elect family coverage, you and all of your eligible dependents will be covered.

If you do not enroll within 31 days of the date you are first eligible, you will not be able to enroll until the next open enrollment, unless you experience a qualified status change event.

Please review carefully all benefit plan options and costs before making enrollment decisions for you and your family members.

We continue to work diligently to meet the needs of our employees and their families. We strive to improve our existing programs so that we can provide you with the best possible choices.

Sincerely,

Your Human Resources Benefits Team