UUP Benefits

These are your benefits negotiated by NY State and your bargaining unit, UUP (United University Professions) if:

  • Your affiliation is with the state AND
  • Your negotiating unit is UUP or 08
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Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

Medical Insurance Eligibility

The University at Buffalo offers a variety of medical insurance options to suit your needs.

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.

Full Time or Geographical Full Time (GFT) Appointments

  • Appointment is at least six complete biweekly payperiods
  • Must be paid annually or hourly

Part Time Appointments

Academic Employees Whose Obligation is Primarily Teaching:

  • Appointment must be for at least six complete biweekly pay periods
  • Paid salaried or hourly
  • Teach six or more credits or contact hours in a semester

Professionals and Academic Employees Whose Primary Obligation is Other Than Teaching:

  • Appointment must be for at least six complete biweekly pay periods
  • Paid salaried or hourly
  • If hired after January 1, 2019, must be at least one-half of full-time equivalent (50%) 
  • If hired before January 1, 2019, salary must yield total compensation for each year of the contract (see below chart)
Appointment Date Minimum Salary
July 2, 2018 - July 1, 2019
$15,312
July 2, 2019 - July 1, 2020 $15,618
July 2, 2020 - July 1, 2021 $15,930
After July 1, 2021 $16,249

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

Medical Insurance Enrollment

New Employees

Current Employees

Transferring Employees

Biweekly Cost

2019 Rates

Salary Less Than $44,312

Plan Office Co-Pay Bi-weekly Cost
Individual Family
Empire Plan (PPO) $20 $43.00 $188.41
BlueCross BlueShield of WNY (HMO) $20 $39.50
$170.50
Independent Health Association (HMO) $20 $37.05 $158.14

Salary Greater Than or Equal to $44,312

Plan Office Co-Pay Bi-weekly Cost
Individual Family
Empire Plan (PPO) $20 $57.33 $224.29
BlueCross BlueShield of WNY (HMO) $20 $52.67
$203.08
Independent Health Association (HMO) $20 $49.40 $188.43

Summer Coverage

Ten-month employees paid over 20 or 21 pay periods may continue coverage over the summer months. To maintain coverage, it is necessary to deduct additional health insurance premiums from your last paychecks in the spring semester. If you do not earn enough in your biweekly paycheck to accomodate the extra deductions, you will receive a letter from the Department of Civil Service advising how much you owe and the process to make your payment(s).

If you do not return in the following fall semester, your health insurance will end at that that time. If you do return, health insurance deductions will resume at that time.

Human Resources will notify you near the end of the spring semester indicating how these additional deductions will be taken, when coverage may end or when deductions will resume.

Managing My Medical Insurance

Once enrolled, you may be able to make changes to your medical insurance. Listed below are events that allow you to make changes to your plan.

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.

Nadine Burns.

Nadine Burns

Health Benefits Administrator

State Benefit Services

Phone: 716-645-4471

Email: nmburns@buffalo.edu

Adding Dependents

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.

2019 Monthly COBRA Cost

Plan Monthly Cost
Individual Family
Empire Plan (PPO) $792.19 $1,992.35
BlueCross BlueShield of WNY (HMO) $706.12
$1,739.20
Independent Health Association (HMO) $689.86 $1,687.28

Updated 02/19

Dental and Vision Coverage

Dental and vision coverage is provided through the UUP Benefit Trust Fund. Benefits take effect following a 42 calendar day waiting period. There is no cost for enrollment.

Contact the UUP Benefit Trust Fund for questions or concerns regarding your dental and vision coverage:

UUP Benefit Trust Fund
PO Box 15143
Albany, NY 12212-514
800-887-3863
866-559-0516 (fax)

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