Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA)
The University of South Carolina is a participating employer in the South Carolina state government benefit programs, administered by the S.C. Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA). PEBA contracts with the following vendors to process claims and administer some parts of the plans which are offered.
PEBA (Insurance and Retirement Benefits)
The Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA), a South Carolina state government agency, is responsible for the administration and management of the state's employee insurance programs and retirement systems. They are dedicated to providing you, as a public employee or retiree, with the best possible insurance at the lowest possible cost to you and to your employer.
- Member Login: MyBenefits
- Columbia Area: 803-737-6800
- Toll-Free: 888-260-9430
- Member Login: Member Access
- Columbia Area: 803-737-6800
- Toll-Free: 888-260-9430
- Retiree Billing: 803-734-1696
- State Optional Retirement Program (State ORP): Vendor Contact Information [pdf]
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Claims for the health insurance plans are processed by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. As the only South Carolina-owned and operated health insurance carrier, BlueCross BlueShield has been offering security to South Carolina citizens for more than 65 years.
SHP Standard Plan, Savings Plan and Medicare Supplemental Plan
- Columbia Area: 803-736-1576
- Toll-Free: 800-868-2520
- Fax: 803-264-4204
- BlueCard Program: 800-810-BLUE (2583)
Medi-Call (Medical Preauthorization)
- Columbia Area: 803-699-3337
- Toll-Free: 800-925-9724
- Fax: 803-264-0183
Companion Benefit Alternatives (Behavioral Health)
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse: 803-736-1576 or 800-868-2520
- Mental Health Precertification & Case Management: 800-868-1032
- Mental Health Fax: 803-714-6456
- Tobacco Cessation: 866-784-8454
Health and Wellness Management
- Toll-Free: 855-838-5897 (Option 2)
- Fax: 803-264-4204
National Imaging Associates (Advanced Radiology Preauthorization)
- Toll-Free: 866-500-7664
State Dental Plan, Dental Plus
- Columbia Area: 803-264-7323
- Toll-Free: 888-214-6230
- Fax: 803-264-7739
Express Scripts (State Health Plan Prescription Drug Program)
The State Health Plan pharmacy benefits manager, Express Scripts, is dedicated to helping make the use of prescription drugs safer and more affordable for everyone. They provide best-in-class pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services and industry-leading home delivery and specialty pharmacy services for tens of millions of Americans.
SHP Prescription Drug Program, Express Scripts Medicare®
- Prescription Drug Program Customer Service: 855-612-3128
- Express Scripts Medicare®: 855-612-3128
EyeMed Vision Care (State Vision Plan)
The goal for EyeMed is to make sure that you clearly see all the unforgettable moments that life has
to offer. Eyemed offers a broad network of independent providers, as well as five
of the top six most admired national retail chains as in-network options including:
LensCrafters®, Sears Optical® , Target Optical®, JCPenney Optical® and most Pearle
- Customer Care Center: 877-735-9314
- Group Number: 9925991
Minnesota Life, a Securian Financial Group Affiliate (Basic, Optional and Dependent Life Insurance Plans)
Ranked as one of the most highly rated insurance companies in the nation, Minnesota Life, a Securian Financial Group Affiliate, administers three different plans offered through PEBA Insurance Benefits.
Basic Life, Optional Life, Dependent Life
- Customer Service: 866-486-5298
- Evidence of Insurability: 800-872-2214
- Claims: 888-658-0193
- Continuation or Conversion: 866-365-2374
- Fax: 651-665-4827
- Policy Number: 34407
Selman & Company/ASI (TRICARE)
Selman & Company is honored to offer the GEA TRICARE Supplement Plan to TRICARE eligible employees and their families of the State of South Carolina. This coverage is extended only to active and retired service members and their spouses who meet eligibility requirements.
- Customer Service: 866-637-9911 (Option 1)
- Claims Fax: 800-310-5514
The Standard Insurance Company (Long Term Disability)
Standard Insurance Company provides Basic Long Term Disability (BLTD) and Supplemental Long Term Disability (SLTD) insurance to eligible State of South Carolina employees. You are in good company. The Standard is a nationally recognized provider of employee benefits products and services.
Basic Long Term Disability, Supplemental Long Term Disability
- Customer Service: 800-628-9696
- Fax: 800-437-0961
- Medical Evidence of Good Health: 800-843-7979
- Group Number: 621144
South Carolina Deferred Compensation Program (401(k) and 457(b) Plans)
For employees who would like to explore savings beyond the SCRS/ORP pension programs, the South Carolina Deferred Compensation Program has 401(k) and 457(b) savings plan offerings that are currently administered by Great West Retirement Services.
The South Carolina Deferred Compensation Program
Great West Retirement Services
- Member Login: www.southcarolinadcp.gwrs.com
- Key Talk: 877-457-6263
All enrollments and changes for these plans are coordinated directly with the vendor, who will then facilitate enrollment with the University's Payroll department. Please contact Payroll at 803-777-4227 with any questions about deductions.
Other Non-PEBA Providers of Benefits, Privileges and Services
In addition to the insurance and retirement benefits offered through the PEBA, there are many additional resources available to you. These resources protect you if you are injured, encourage retirement preparation, allow you to be proactive through wellness programming and provide unique discount opportunities that help you maintain an essential work-life balance.
Bright Horizons at USC
Choosing a child care provider is one of the most difficult decisions you can make. Bright Horizons at USC provides developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that empower children to be confident, successful, lifelong learners.
Location: 1530 Wheat Street, Columbia, S.C. 29201
Caro Smart Financial Solutions
Membership to Caro Smart Financial Solutions (previously known as Carolina Federal Credit Union) is open to all University of South Carolina Employees. There are over 5,000 branches nationally and 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs.
- Phone: 803-227-5555
- Toll-Free: 800-476-8561
Colonial Life (Cancer and Hospital Confinement Insurance)
For 75 years, Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Company has been helping America’s workers preserve and protect the vitally important things they work so hard to build. They offer a wide range of financial protection options including the USC Cancer Plan and Hospital Confinement Plan.
- Phone: 800-325-4368 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
- USC's Colonial Life Representative:
Mike Linebaugh, C.L.U.
In addition to the retirement benefits offered through the State PEBA system, you may also chose to participate in 403(b) plans that are offered through private insurance/investment companies.
All enrollments and changes for these plans are coordinated directly with the vendor [pdf], who will then facilitate enrollment with the University's Payroll department. Please contact Payroll at 803-777-4227 with any questions about deductions.
Gamecocks LiveWell (Campus Wellness)
In collaboration with Campus Wellness, Campus Recreation, Human Resources, Campus Dining Services and Healthy Carolina, Gamecocks LiveWell offers a variety of programs and services to help meet the health and wellness needs of university faculty and staff.
- Location: Solomon Blatt PE Center
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 803-777-6518
McLaughlin Young Group (Employee Assistance Program)
Through their employee assistance programs (EAP), their consulting practice, and a network with over 40,000 clinicians, Mclaughlin Young Group delivers a realistic, practical, proven approach to improving three key metrics: retention, growth, and productivity.
Member Login: mygoup.com
For employees who are disabled or are 65 years or older, you may be qualified for Medicare coverage, which provides you with health insurance benefits.
- Phone: 800-633-4227
- TTY: 877-486-2048
Social Security Administration (SSA)
Social security was designed to provide monetary assistance for people with inadequate or no income. Additional social security benefits can also be provided to individuals who are retired, unemployed or disabled.
- Toll Free: 800-772-1213
- TTY: 800-325-0778
Travelers Insurance Company (Auto and Home Insurance)
By minimizing risk, preventing loss and helping people prepare for the unknown, Travelers' comprehensive products, services and support gives individuals and businesses the confidence they need to feel secure.
When work-related accidents or injuries happen, employers are required by state law to make sure an injured employee is provided necessary protection and care. When an incident occurs, employees should go to one of the designated medical facilities [pdf] in your area, fill out the necessary forms and notify your supervisor, and UofSC's Workers' Compensation Coordinator.
Thompson Student Health Center
- Location: 1409 Devine Street (behind the Russell House, Greene Street)
- Phone: 803-777-3957
- Referral Coordinator: 803-777-3666
State Accident Fund
South Carolina's Workers' Compensation Insurance Provider
- Columbia Area: 803-896-5800
UofSC's Workers' Compensation Coordinator
- Phone: 803-777-6650
- Email: email@example.com