The benefits available through UB Foundation (UBF) are designed to meet the needs of today's workforce. You have a choice of benefits that will enable you to design a benefits package specifically for you and your family.
When you are initially hired and/or become eligible, you will enroll for most benefits through the Benefit System, which allows you to choose the benefits you and your family need.
The Benefit System provides a summary of your current benefit elections and general information on all UBF benefits, including plan descriptions. You can also use the library section of the Benefit System to find:
Benefit elections for medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending accounts are effective until December 31 of the calendar year that you enrolled, provided you continue to meet eligibility requirements. Because these are section 125 benefits, you cannot change these options (medical, dental, vision, health FSA) any time during the calendar year unless there is an IRS qualified “life event”.
While you are generally only allowed to change your benefits elections during the open enrollment period each year, certain life events provide an exception. Those life events allow you to change your benefits elections in the middle of the plan year if certain requirements are met.
The following are examples of types of life events that may allow you to change your benefit elections during a plan year:
Please notify the UBF Benefits Department immediately if you experience any life event changes so that we can ensure there is no interruption or error in your benefits. You will have 30 days from the date of the life event to make the change.
UBF annual open enrollment is offered in late fall of each year and gives you the opportunity to review and select the same or different benefits using the Benefit System. You will be notified in advance of the Open Enrollment period.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Benefit Orientation is conducted virtually via a Zoom Meeting.
UBF conducts a benefits orientation the first Tuesday of every month starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus. This orientation would be most beneficial for newly eligible participants, however, all participants are welcome to attend.
Preregistration is appreciated, but not required, by calling 716-645-8731 or sending email to Joyce Weeman.
Medical Insurance offered through Independent Health allows you to see a participating doctor. The Independent Health plans provide:
The insurance is available to eligible salaried individuals and hourly workers who are regularly scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week. Coverage is effective on the first day of the month following date of hire or eligibility date. Eligible dependents or students are covered up to age 26.
UBF shares the cost of health insurance coverage with the participants. Your share of medical insurance is currently paid with pretax dollars.
The Independent Health options include:
A detailed summary of these plans is available in the Library section on the Benefit System, and is also available from the UBF Benefits Department.
|Type of Service||Flex Fit Active||Flex Fit Family||PPO**|
|Office Visit Primary|| |
|Office Visit – Specialist|| |
|Inpatient Hospital Stay||$500|| |
|Prescription Drug||$10 / $50 / $100||$10 / $50 / $100||$10 / $30 / $50|
|$150 / $100||$150 / $100||20% / 20%|
Urgent Care Centers
|Outpatient Surgery (hospital)||$150||$150||$150|
|Outpatient Surgery (facility)||$125||$125||$150|
|Out of Network Benefits||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Additional Benefits||$250 for health club membership, alternative therapies, sports/fitness programs||Not applicable|
** Available to Participants outside of Western New York Only
If you receive health insurance through your spouse's employer and you have a full-time appointment, you may elect to waive health coverage through UBF and receive cash, paid as taxable income. The cash amount is $600.00 annually, paid $25 on the first two pays of each month. You must be able to document that you received coverage through your spouse to be eligible for this option.
If you are covered under your spouse’s medical insurance and he or she receives his or her medical benefits from UBFA or another UB Pay line, you are not eligible for Opt Out.
The Guardian Traditional Plan covers preventive services at 100%, requires a calendar year deductible and co-payment for other services, and allows you to visit the dentist of your choice within the provider network.
Dental coverage is offered to eligible salaried individuals and hourly workers who are regularly scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week. The coverage is effective on the first day of the month following date of hire or eligibility date.
Dental coverage is offered at no cost.
|Dental Highlights||Guardian - Traditional Plan|
|Preventive Care |
|100% Scheduled Items |
|Basic Care |
|80% Scheduled Items |
|Major Care |
|60% Scheduled Items |
Orthodontia is for Children up to age 19.
50% to a maximum of $1,500
|Dependents||Unmarried up to Age 26.|
UBF offers optional vision insurance through Guardian, utilizing the Davis Vision Network. The plan provides an exam and lenses or contacts every 12 months for all participants, with frames available every 24 months.
|Materials Copay (waived for elective contact lenses)||$25|
|Sample of Covered Services||In-Network||You Pay (after copay if applicable):|
|Eye Exams||$0||Amount over $50|
|Single Vision Lenses||$0||Amount over $48|
|Lined Bifocal Lenses||$0||Amount over $67|
|Lined Trifocal Lenses||$0||Amount over $86|
|Lenticular Lenses||$0||Amount over $126|
|Frames||80% of amount over $130||Amount over $48|
|Contact Lenses (elective and conventional)||85% of amount over $130||Amount over $105|
|Contact Lenses (planned replacement and disposable)||85% of amount over $130||Amount over $105|
|Contact Lenses (medically necessary)||$0||Amount over $210|
|Exams||Every calendar year|
|Lenses (for glasses and contact lenses)||Every calendar year|
|Frames||Every two calendar years|
|Network discounts (glasses and contact lens professional service)||Applies to first purchase & courtesy discount from most providers on subsequent purchases.|
|Dependent Age Limits||26|
Eligibility is based on an appointment as UB Faculty or staff on a UBF funded account and working a minimum of 20 hours per week. The coverage is effective on the first day of the month following date of hire or eligibility date.
Enrollment is handled through the Benefit System.
The cost of the vision insurance paid with pre-tax dollars by way of payroll deductions, subscriber is responsible for 100% of the cost.