PEF Benefits

Your employment-related benefits are negotiated by New York state and your bargaining unit, PEF (NY State Public Employees Federation). These are your benefits if both these are true:

  • Your affiliation is with the state
  • Your negotiating unit is 05
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Medical, Dental and Vision

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.

Documentation Requirements
Eligible Dependents Required Documentation to Enroll Dependent
Spouse
  • Marriage certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • 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.

Documentation Requirements
Eligible Dependents Required Documents to Enroll Dependent

Domestic Partner

 

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

New Employees

Welcome to the University at Buffalo! Benefit Services (State) will contact you with initial benefit enrollment information. Review enrollment instructions and deadlines included in the benefit information you receive carefully. Failure to enroll timely may result in an extended waiting period for coverage to begin.

Enrollment in medical insurance is voluntary. You will not be automatically enrolled in a plan. Your waiting period for coverage to begin will be based on your appointment with the University.

Establish Your UB Email

Communications from Benefit Services (State) will be sent to your UB email (@buffalo.edu). Set up your email to receive important benefit information.

NYSHIP Health Insurance Resources

Transferring Employees

Contact Benefit Services (State) for guidance if you are transferring from another SUNY Institution and/or New York State Agency or changing negotiating units.

NYSHIP Health Insurance Resources

Current Employees

Following your initial eligibility for health insurance, you may want to enroll in a NYSHIP plan, cancel coverage or make changes to your current plan. Allowable options will be based on your request and whether you are experiencing a qualifying event. Certain changes are not allowable outside of the annual option transfer period. Contact Benefit Services (State) as soon as possible as deadlines may apply.

Benefit Services for State must receive your completed paperwork within 30 days of a NYSHIP qualifying event.

NYSHIP Enrollment and Plan Changes

Contact the Benefits Team

The State Benefit Services Team is available to answer your questions. Use our contact information below to access all team members for the fastest response.

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    UB HR Benefits

    State Benefit Services

    Phone: 716-645-7777

    Email: ub-hr-benefits@buffalo.edu

Department Leadership

Contact our department leaders for additional assistance.

  • Lissa Jasinowski.

    Lissa Jasinowski

    Assistant Director

    Benefits and Work Life Balance

    Phone: (716) 645-4488

    Email: lmt22@buffalo.edu

  • Amy Myszka.

    Amy Myszka

    Director

    Benefits and Work Life Balance

    Phone: 716-645-5357

    Email: amyszka@buffalo.edu

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 our Secure UB Box Folder: 

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UB HR Benefits

State Benefit Services

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.

Dental and Vision Coverage

Dental and vision coverage is provided through the state of New York. Coverage takes effect following a 56 calendar day waiting period. There is no cost for enrollment.