Certain qualifying events allow you to make changes in benefits that otherwise are not possible until the annual Open Enrollment period. This summary outlines the benefit plan changes you may need to make as a result of your termination of employment.

Medical/Prescription Drugs, Dental, and Vision

All health insurance coverage ceases on the last day of the month that you terminate employment. If you carry health insurance coverage at termination, the University offers you the option of continuing your health insurance coverage for up to 18 months through COBRA.

Life Insurance and Disability

All life insurance and disability coverage stops on the last day of the month that you terminate employment. If eligible, you will be offered the option to convert your life insurance to an individual policy and the option to continue Long Term Disability Coverage.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

If you are enrolled in a Health Care and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, your contributions will cease and claims incurred up through the last day of the month in which you terminate are eligible for reimbursement. Any claims made after the date of termination will not be eligible for reimbursement from the accounts. 

You may choose to continue making contributions to your Health Care and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts through the end of the calendar year by making a COBRA election. However, contributions will be continued on an after-tax basis.

Retirement Programs

Because retirement plan participation is based on salary paid to you and you will no longer be receiving a salary from the University, any and all University contributions as well as your contributions (if applicable) to the retirement programs will cease when you separate from the University. Contact the appropriate vendor for information about your retirement account distribution options.

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