Once you are notified by the Benefits Office of your eligibility, please be prepared to make your benefits selections within seven days.
Temporary and RG/TL employees whose hours change to 30 hours or more per week (or average 130 hours per month over an established measurement period) are eligible for insurance based on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) guidelines.
Generally, the university requires that most benefit options be selected within 31 days following the date you begin employment or you become eligible. Each eligible person must submit their Notice of Election (NOE) Form [pdf] and indicate their benefit elections or their refusal of benefits. If you do not enroll within this time, you may be able to do so within 31 days of a special eligibility situation (marriage, loss of coverage, divorce etc.) or during an open enrollment period. Open enrollment is held every year and coverage elected during this time will become effective January 1 of the following year.
Resources for Non-Columbia Campus Employees
For employees with the School of Medicine or with one of our campuses outside of Columbia, the Human Resources Office on your campus will be your primary resource for orientation. Please consult with them prior to completing this information, as their procedures may vary.
Note: If you or your eligible dependents are entitled to Medicare and are extended a right to active group coverage, you may enroll in or refuse coverage. We encourage you to contact the Medicare office at 800-633-4227 to ensure you are informed of all of your options before making your choice. If you are enrolled in PEBA's retiree insurance, and you or your covered dependents are Medicare eligible, you will be required to refuse retiree's coverage upon qualifying for active group coverage.
Completing Your Insurance Orientation and Forms
Please review the Insurance Orientation and Education [pdf] presentation for important information that will prepare you to make the best coverage selections for your needs. You may also want to review other resources provided by PEBA to help you navigate your benefits
Once you have finished viewing the insurance orientation videos, please complete the following forms:
- Notice of Election (NOE) Form [pdf] – Completing this form confirms the insurance options that you have selected. Please read the instructions on page 2 carefully prior to completing the form.
- Certification Regarding Tobacco Use [pdf] – This form confirms the tobacco use of you or those you insure.
- MoneyPlus Enrollment Form [pdf] – Complete this form only if you are electing a Dependent Care Account, Medical Spending Account or Health Savings Account. Please note you may only elect a Health Savings Account if you have enrolled in the State Health Savings Plan. If you choose to enroll in a Health Savings Account, you must also open an account with Optum Bank. Refer to the MoneyPlus Worksheets [pdf] if you need help figuring out how much to deposit in your MoneyPlus accounts.
- Dependent Eligibility for Coverage [pdf] – If covering a dependent, attach the required documentation listed on this form.
If you are a Columbia campus employee, please forward your completed paperwork to the Benefits Office, located at 1600 Hampton Street, Suite 801, Columbia, SC 29208.
Other UofSC Insurance Product Offerings
Other Tax-Sheltered Annuity ProductsFor employees who would like to explore savings beyond the SCRS/ORP pension programs, the South Carolina Deferred Compensation website, brochure [pdf] and video outlines 401(k) and 457(b) savings plan offerings that are currently administered by Great West Retirement Services. You are also welcome to research providers of other tax-sheltered annuity plans [pdf] who offer a number of 403(b) plans. Visit the South Carolina Deferred Compensation (SCDP) website to enroll in 401(k) and 457(b) plans. All enrollments are coordinated directly with the vendor, and not through the Human Resources department. The vendor will facilitate enrollment with the university’s Payroll department. Please contact Payroll at 803-777-4227 with any questions about deductions.
Traveler’s Auto/Home Insurance ProgramThe university offers employees a special payroll-deducted auto and home insurance program underwritten by the Travelers Insurance Co. No other state agency or institution of higher education in South Carolina offers this unique insurance benefit. Request a free rate quote online or simply call Travelers at 1-800-842-5936.
Colonial Life Hospital Confinement and Cancer CoverageEnhance your benefits with hospital confinement and cancer coverages through Colonial Life. Learn more about coverage details by reviewing our comprehensive brochure [pdf]. To enroll in either of these plans, please submit the cancer enrollment form [pdf] and/or hospital confinement enrollment form [pdf], along with your authorization [pdf] to UofSC's Colonial Life representative at the following address:
Colonial Life Enrollment
Attention: Mike Linebaugh
1101 Javelin Court
Columbia, S.C. 29212
Discount Savings Programs
State of South Carolina employees are eligible to participate in the following discount savings programs.
PerksCard ProgramThis program allows members to save on many everyday purchases and services from local and national vendors. Cards are distributed by UofSC’s Benefits Office and need to be registered at www.perkscard.com. For more information, visit the S.C. Department of Administration’s website or contact the Benefits Office at 803-777-6650.
WeSave ProgramSimilar to the PerksCard Program, this program provides members discounts from local members, national chains and an online mall where you can earn up to 20 percent cash back with every purchase. To take advantage of these discounts, please visit the WeSave website and create a username and password or visit the S.C. Department of Administration’s website for more information.
TicketsatWork ProgramThis program offers discounts, special offers and access to preferred seating and tickets to top attractions, theme parks, shows, sporting events, movie tickets, hotels and much more. To take advantage of these discounts, visit TicketsatWork, click on “Become a Member” and create a username and password using your personal email address. When prompted, enter the company code SCDSHR. For more information, please visit the S.C. Department of Administration’s website or contact TicketsatWork at 1-800-331-6483.
Visit the benefits section of our website to learn about other family-friendly privileges and unique discount opportunities that are designed exclusively for UofSC employees.
The Drug-Free Workplace policy [pdf] details the university’s guidelines and expectations regarding the abuse of drugs and alcohol in conjunction with employment at the university.
The above information is in preparation for your qualification of benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and does not create a contract in the event benefits-eligible employment is not finalized.