CSEA Benefits

Your employment-related benefits are negotiated by New York state and your bargaining unit, CSEA (Civil Service Employees Association). These are your benefits if these are true:

  • Your affiliation is with the state
  • Your negotiating unit is 02, 03 or 04
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Medical Insurance

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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.

Nadine Burns.

Nadine Burns

Health Benefits Administrator

State Benefit Services

Phone: 716-645-4471

Email: nmburns@buffalo.edu

Full Time Appointments

  • Appointment must be for at least six complete biweekly pay periods
  • Must be paid salaried or hourly

Part Time Appointments

  • Appointment must be for at least six complete biweekly pay periods
  • Must be paid salaried or hourly
  • FTE must be equal to or greater than .50

 

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

Grade 9 and Below

Plan Bi-weekly Cost
Individual Family
Empire Plan (PPO) $42.90 $189.12
BlueCross BlueShield of WNY (HMO) $38.24
$164.10
Independent Health Association (HMO) $37.36 $158.88

Grade 10 and Above

Plan Bi-weekly Cost
Individual Family
Empire Plan (PPO) $57.20 $225.09
BlueCross BlueShield of WNY (HMO) $50.98
$195.49
Independent Health Association (HMO) $49.81 $189.33

The Opt-Out Program

If you have coverage under another employer-sponsored health insurance program, you may be eligible for an incentive payment if you opt-out of your (New York State Health Insurance Program) NYSHIP coverage.

The annual incentive payment is $1,000 for opting out of individual coverage or $3,000 for opting out of family coverage. The payment is considered taxable income and prorated and reimbursed in your biweekly paycheck throughout the year.

Eligibility

  • You must be covered under an employer-sponsored group health insurance plan through other employment of your own or a plan that your spouse, domestic partner or parent has as the result of his or her employment.
  • The other coverage may not allow you to opt out if it is NYSHIP coverage provided through employment with another state employer.
  • NYSHIP coverage through another employer, such as a municipality, school district or public benefit corporation, qualifies as other coverage.
 
Ineligible Groups
  • UUP (United University Professions)
  • GSEU (Graduate Student Employees Union)

Enrollment

  • You may be eligible to enroll when you are newly eligible for NYSHIP coverage. Human Resources can assist with enrollment during your benefits orientation.
  • If you do not opt-out within a specified period from your appointment begin date (varies by union or group), you will no longer be eligible based on new employment.
    • CSEA - Civil Service Employees Association: 42 calendar days from your appointment begin date
    • M/C Classified: 56 calendar days from your appointment begin date
    • M/C Professional: 56 calendar days from your appointment begin date
    • NYSCOPBA - NY State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Associaiton, Inc.: 56 calendar days from your appointment begin date
    • PBANYS - Police Benevolent Association of NY State, Inc.:  56 calendar days from your appointment begin date
    • PEF - NY State Public Employees Federation:  56 calendar days from your appointment begin date
  • You may be eligible to enroll during the Option Transfer period if you were enrolled in NYSHIP by April 1 of the prior plan year and remained enrolled through the end of that plan year.
Option Transfer Period

Each year New York state employees can change medical plans for the next calendar year.

The Option Transfer Period occurs over a specific period of time.

Except under very limited circumstances, this is the only time an employee is allowed to change plans.

Enrollment in the opt-out program does not continue automatically from year to year. You must enroll during each Option Transfer period and attest to having other coverage for the coming plan year.

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 CSEA Benefit Trust Fund. Benefits take effect following a 28 calendar day waiting period. There is no cost for enrollment.

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