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Update on benefits for same-sex spouses  

Same-sex spouses became eligible for coverage in the State Health Benefits Program when Virginia began recognizing same-sex marriages on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. 

  • Eligible faculty and staff have 60 calendar days, starting with Oct. 6, to request membership and coverage changes. The completed enrollment form at http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/hbenefits/OpenEnrollment2014/StateActiveEnrollForm.pdf pdf icon must be accompanied by the required documentation for spouses and other eligible family members specified on page 2 of the form. Completed enrollment materials must be received by VCU Benefits no later than Thursday, Dec. 4, or by the 60th day of marriage, whichever is later. For more information, see this communication pdf icon from the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM), which administers the State Health Benefits Program. 

  • Eligible faculty and staff can now also purchase optional group life insurance for same-sex spouses. Employees already married to a same-sex spouse and covered by optional group life insurance have until Wednesday, Nov. 5 (the first 31 days of Virginia marriage recognition) to add a spouse to their coverage without medical approval for the guaranteed issue amount.  

    As always...
    • Newly married employees who are already covered by optional group life insurance can add a spouse within the first 31 days of marriage without medical approval for the guaranteed issue amount.  
    • Employees who are not covered by optional group life insurance can enroll within the first 31 days of faculty or classified staff employment without medical approval for the guaranteed issue amount.
    • After 31 days of eligible employment, medical approval is required for the guaranteed issue amount.
    • Medical approval is also required for any coverage above the guaranteed issue amount. 

  • HR will hold the information sessions below to help eligible faculty and classified staff learn more about same-sex spouse eligibility for coverage in the employee health benefits, life insurance and long-term care insurance programs, and how to make coverage changes due to this eligibility. These sessions are open to VCU employees only, not VCU Health System employees.
    • MCV Campus: Thursday, Oct. 23, noon to 1:15 p.m., McGuire Hall, 1112 E. Clay St., room B-20. Click here to register for this session.
    • Monroe Park Campus: Friday, Oct. 24, noon to 1:15 p.m., HR training facility, 922 W. Grace St., room 115. Click here to register for this session.  

For questions, contact VCU Benefits at (804) 827-1723 or benefits@vcu.edu

Update to health benefits coverage 

Updated versions of the "Summary of Benefits and Coverage" for participants in COVA Care, COVA HealthAware and the COVA High Deductible Health Plan are posted here. Premium rates are posted here pdf icon. For questions, contact VCU Benefits at (804) 827-1723 or benefits@vcu.edu.

Special programs for faculty and staff in the State Health Benefits Program

Disease management, maternity management and bariatric surgery programs previously offered through Anthem have transitioned to ActiveHealth Management for the current plan year and are available to COVA Care, COVA HealthAware and COVA HDHP participants. New lifestyle coaching services have also been added. Health plan participants will receive information from ActiveHealth Management at their home addresses. For more information, visit http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/documents/AA6191Brochure81913.pdf pdf icon. For questions, contact VCU Benefits at (804) 827-1723 or benefits@vcu.edu.

VRS modernization: employee contributions

The Virginia Retirement System (VRS) is undertaking a multi-year modernization program to upgrade its technology systems and business operations. As part of this modernization, VRS is making changes to how it collects member contributions from employees. These changes are effective immediately. Click here pdf icon for more information. 

HR seminars for important savings, investment and retirement information 

Total compensation

Compensation is more than just a paycheck at VCU. You enjoy many benefits beyond the value of your salary. Learn more about how much you really make pdf icon

VRS member news

Full-time and part-time faculty and staff enrolled in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) can stay informed about their retirement benefits by subscribing to the VRS member news publication. For questions, contact VCU benefits at (804) 827-1723 or benefits@vcu.edu.

VRS member benefit profiles

Annual member benefit profiles (MBPs) for participants in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) are available by logging onto myVRS. VRS no longer mails paper copies of these statements. Employees without computer access may request a printed copy of their MBP by contacting VCU benefits at (804) 827-1723 or benefits@vcu.edu

Concerned about market events?

Check out these resources from Fidelity and TIAA-CREF:     

Need to speak to an investment counselor on campus? Click here to schedule an appointment.

Benefits summaries

Benefits are an important part of your total employment package from VCU. Some of these benefits are provided automatically to you while others are optional. In addition, you can choose to extend some benefits beyond your university employment. For a summary of all your benefits, choose from the employment classification below that best describes your position at the university.

Faculty

Staff

All benefits

Access the full listing of VCU employment benefits >>

New employee resources

New to VCU? We offer a number of resources for new employees — from orientation to training opportunities to handbooks. Be sure to review the new employees page for a listing of these links.

Life events and your benefits

Any time you experience a life event change — such as getting married, starting a family or retiring — remember to review your benefits. You may need to provide us with updates. Other times, you may want help in resolving some of the family and personal issues that occur because of these changes. In those situations, please look into our work/life resources for assistance.

VCU Gold access to health care

VCU Gold is a program that allows university employees and their family members (new patients) to receive “fast track” ambulatory care scheduling with the first available provider at VCU medical center specialty clinics. Call (804) 628-3627 to learn more or to schedule an appointment. Visit the VCU Gold page for details.

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