Benefits Overview

Employees who hold regular positions and are appointed 48% or more are eligible for group health insurance and other mandatory benefits.  For more information, please see Benefits Eligibility and Affordable Care Act Eligibility.

If you have questions, please contact the Benefits Office by email, by phone 785-864-4946, or stop by Room 150 Carruth-O’Leary.

Core Coverage

Core coverage benefits are those that the University of Kansas supports participation in by helping to pay for these benefits. 

Health Insurance

Eligible University faculty and staff can elect to participate in the State of Kansas Employee Health Plan (SEHP).  Enrollment in the health plan is voluntary. Premiums can be paid pre-tax or after-tax and full or part-time appointment, plan(s) selected, who is covered and any credit available under the HealthQuest Rewards Program (see below). KU contributes toward the semi-monthly premium. The State of Kansas imposes a waiting period and coverage is effective the first of the month following a 30 calendar day waiting period that starts with the first day of employment (hire date). Health insurance coverage will end on the last day of employment, even if that occurs mid-month.

The SEHP will send you an email, to your KU email account, about MAP, the secure Membership Administration Portal in which you will enroll for health insurance coverage.  KU provided information to MAP about your employment and eligibility for the SEHP, including your hire date.  Information displayed in MAP will show you that you have 30 days from your hire date to enroll in the SEHP.  If you do not make your insurance elections within this time period, you will not be able to enroll.  Your next enrollment opportunity will be during Open Enrollment (see below).

Information about the medical, prescription drug, dental and vision plans can be found here:

Life Insurance

The University of Kansas provides life insurance coverage for benefits-eligible faculty and staff that is equal to 1.5 times annual salary. You will need to complete and return to the Benefits Office the appropriate “designation of beneficiary form.”

Long-term Disability

Coverage for LTD benefits is provided by the University of Kansas for benefits-eligible faculty and staff.  The program is administered by KPERS for all benefits-eligible faculty and staff.

Retirement Plan – Kansas Board of Regents

Eligible faculty and unclassified professional and academic staff participate in the Mandatory Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) 403(b) Retirement Plan after serving a one-year waiting period.  With appropriate, timely documentation the waiting period can be waived.

Retirement Plan - KPERS

KPERS (Kansas Public Employees Retirement System) provides mandatory retirement plan coverage for University Support Staff (KPERS) and police officers (KP&F). Membership is effective from the first day.

Travel Insurance

The University of Kansas offers two Travel Insurance plans:

  1. Benefit-eligible employees, who have basic group life insurance coverage, have a Travel Assistance Benefit
  2. Faculty and staff have a Business Travel Insurance benefit (Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation Insurance and Business Travel Accident Insurance) while traveling on University business as well as incidental leisure travel up to seven days before and after the scheduled of the travel for University business.

Voluntary Coverage

You can enroll in voluntary benefits as they suit your needs. You pay the full cost of voluntary benefits.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts are offered by the State Employee Health Plan. To enroll in, you must use the MAP secure portal and enroll within 30 days from your hire date.  If you do not make your insurance elections within this time period, you will not be able to enroll.  Your next enrollment opportunity will be during Open Enrollment (see below).

HealthQuest Rewards Programs

To receive a semi-monthly discount on your Group Health Insurance premiums, you must participate in the State of Kansas HealthQuest Rewards Program.

Long Term Care and Lifetime Benefit programs

Long Term Care and Lifetime Benefit programs are available for eligible employees and may be available to your spouse and dependent children based on the option you select. 

  • The State of Kanas provides two programs, offered by ACSIA, to address uninsured long term care costs, which are one of the greatest risks to retirement savings and income:  Long Term Care Insurance and LifeTime Benefit Term insurance.   Additional information about coverage options and application deadlines can be obtained by speaking with an ACSIA customer service representative at 1-877-720-2165 or visiting their website (click on the “state of Kansas Employees” gold button).

Optional Group Life Insurance

All benefits-eligible employees can purchase additional group life insurance coverage through either or both of the following plans.  

  • KPERS (state of Kansas program) – you must return the enrollment form to Benefits within 21 days after your first day in pay status. You can also apply for Spousal and/or Child coverage even if you elect not to apply for optional group life insurance coverage for yourself.  (KP&F members must have employee optional coverage to be eligible for Spousal and/or Child coverage.)
  • KU Teachers and Employees Association
Voluntary Insurance Products
The State of Kansas Health Care Commission authorized a new vendor, Met Life, to offer individual, voluntary plans such as accident, cancer, critical illness and hospital confinement indemnity insurance.  

Retirement Plans - Voluntary

All benefits-eligible faculty and staff can elect to utilize one or both of the voluntary retirement plans.

Tuition Assistance

Eligible employees can apply for tuition assistance to cover tuition for one regular class per semester to pursue higher educational opportunities.

Voluntary Benefits - Other

Other voluntary benefits such as the Learning Quest (the state of Kansas 529 education savings program), the STAR employee discount program, campus and community services are offered.

Wellness Programs

Additional wellness programs are available at KU and in the community.

Holidays and Leaves


Holidays, as designated by the Governor of Kansas, will be observed by University Support Staff, Unclassified Professional Staff and Fiscal Year Faculty and Academic Staff.


Leave - Sick

For information about sick leave accruals, use and polices for all employees in regular positions, see the sick leave section of the Human Resources website.

Leave - Vacation

Vacation leave is accrued by University Support Staff, Unclassified Professional Staff, and Fiscal Year Academic Staff and Faculty.  For more information, see the vacation leave website.

Other Holidays and Leaves

Information about other holidays and leaves is available for discretionary day, sabbaticals, shared leave funeral/bereavement leave, voting and military leave, jury duty, voluntary leave without pay.

Additional Benefits & Information

New Employee Orientation

New faculty and staff are invited to attend New Employee Orientation in person or to view the video on-line

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for health insurance and flexible spending accounts occurs during the month of October and coverage changes will be effective the following January 1st.


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