GSEU Benefits

Your employment-related benefits are negotiated by New York state and your bargaining unit, GSEU (Graduate StudentEmployee Union). These are your benefits if both these are true:

  • Your affiliation to UB is with the state
  • Your negotiating unit is 28
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Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

Medical Insurance Eligibility

The University at Buffalo offers you an exceptional medical insurance plan.

As part of your benefits package, you may be eligible for medical insurance. Listed below are eligibility criteria. If you are unsure if you meet this criteria, Human Resources is available to guide you.

State Benefits

Human Resources

Phone: 716-645-7777

Email: ub-hr-benefits@buffalo.edu

Requirements

  • Appointment as a state-funded Teaching or Graduate Assistant
  • Appointment is at least one-half an assistantship
  • Minimum stipend of a total annual compensation of $4,293 or more
  • You are a domestic student, F1 or J1 visa holder

Dependent Eligibility for Medical Insurance

You may be able to add dependent(s) to your medical insurance for family coverage. Listed below is the documentation that will be required to enroll your dependent(s). If you are unable to provide one of the required documents, contact Human Resources to discuss possible alternatives.

Eligible Dependents Required Documentation to Enroll Dependent
Spouse
  • Marriage certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of joint financial obligation (if married for more than one year)
Proof of Joint Financial Obligation

Multiple documents may be used for proof of joint financial obligation including a joint tax return, mortgage or lease agreement, bill or bank account. Financial information may be blacked out.

Eligible Dependents Required Documents to Enroll Dependent

Domestic Partner

 

  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security card
  • Application For Dependent Enrollment
  • Dependent tax affidavit
Dependent Children Under Age 26
  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security card

Student Medical Insurance Waiver

As a student, you may be required to carry medical insurance. The University at Buffalo offers health insurance to students who do not have required coverage through another source. The student insurance option is a separate option from the coverage offered to you as an employee and is not administered through Human Resources.

If you enroll in the Student Employee Health Plan (SEHP) plan, you do not need to carry the student health insurance. Human Resources will send a waiver to the Student Medical Insurance Office for the duration of the time that you are enrolled in the SEHP plan. The fee will be removed from your tuition bill once the waiver is complete.

If you do not enroll in the SEHP plan but have other insurance, you must complete a waiver directly with the Student Medical Insurance Office. You may otherwise be automatically enrolled in coverage and charged on your tuition bill.

F1 and J1 Visa Holders

If you enroll in the SEHP plan, you will be automatically enrolled in Medical Evacuation and Repatriation coverage through the Student Medical Insurance office as a rider to your plan. This is mandatory coverage and the cost will be added to your tuition bill.

Medical Insurance Enrollment

New Employees

Current Employees

Reappointed Employees

Biweekly Cost

Current Rates

Plan Bi-weekly Cost
Individual Family

Empire Plan (PPO)

Student Employee Health Plan (SEHP)

$16.84 $117.37

Manage My Medical Insurance

Once enrolled, you may be able to make changes to your medical insurance. Choose your event from the life events listed below to find the actions to take.  

All required forms and documentation must be received in Human Resources by the listed deadline in order for the change to be made. Submit all forms and documentation to:

Human Resources
120 Crofts Hall
North Campus

State Benefits

Human Resources

Phone: 716-645-7777

Email: ub-hr-benefits@buffalo.edu

Adding Dependents

Proof of Joint Financial Obligation

Multiple documents may be used for proof of joint financial obligation including a joint tax return, mortgage or lease agreement, bill or bank account. Financial information may be blacked out.

Removing Dependents

Cancelling Coverage

Coverage Termination

Medical insurance coverage ends two full payperiods following your appointment end date.

The Department of Civil Service, Employee Benefits Division, will send information regarding COBRA to your home address after your coverage has terminated. COBRA is a federal law that allows the voluntary continuation of the same coverage at full cost.

Contact the Employee Benefits Division at 800-833-4344 with questions regarding COBRA continuation of coverage.

Monthly COBRA Cost

2019 Rates

Plan Monthly Cost
Individual Family

Empire Plan (PPO)

Student Employee Health Plan (SEHP)

$308.22 $1,138.46

Dental and Vision Coverage

Dental and vision coverage is provided in addition to your medical insurance. Benefits take effect as of your appointment begin date. The cost is included in your medical insurance biweekly deduction. You must enroll in medical, dental and vision benefits together.

Dental

Vision

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