Benefits

The University of Denver is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to employees who hold an appointed position that is at least 20 hours per week. This package includes options for health care and other types of insurance, retirement savings, paid and unpaid leave, the DU tuition waiver, and more. Many of the available insurance plans also offer coverage for eligible dependents.

Insurance premiums for monthly-paid employees are deducted from each payroll check on the first of the month for coverage for that month. Insurance premiums for bi-weekly paid employees are deducted from the first bi-weekly payroll check of each month for coverage for that month.

The University also provides a set of "core benefits" which are effective on the date of hire at no cost to the employee. These benefits include term life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, short-term disability insurance, and long-term disability insurance.

For a brief overview of the benefit plans available to DU employees in both benefited and non-benefited positions, see our Current Benefits Plans webpage.

Important Contact Information 

  • Benefits Advocate Center
    Benefits Advocate Center (BAC) provides complete support for maximizing your benefits plan and your health. BAC will assist with the following: answer questions regarding the explanation of benefits, claims issues, review what services and procedures are covered, authorization for medication, and more! Simply call the dedicated toll free number at 833-355-8939, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST. You can also email at bac.duadvocates@ajg.com.  Language assistance is available.
     
  • DU HRIC Benefits Team
    DU HRIC Benefits Team will assist with enrollment, changes, health insurance premium deduction questions, retirement savings plan, leaves, and tuition waiver benefits. Contact a benefits specialist at Benefits@du.edu.

Important Updates

  • 2023 FAMLI Program Notice
  • Transparency in Coverage

    The Department of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Treasury published the “Transparency in Coverage Rule”, imposing new requirements on group health plans and health insurers in the individual and group markets to disclose cost-sharing information, in-network provider negotiated rates, historical out-of-network network allowed amounts, and drug pricing information.

    Machine-readable files are made available in response to the federal Transparency in Coverage Rule and includes negotiated service rates and out-of-network allowed amounts between health plans and healthcare providers. The files are formatted to allow researchers, regulators, and application developers to more easily access and analyze data.

    Click on the following link to access the files: https://www.cigna.com/legal/compliance/machine-readable-files

  • Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Testing Kits for Cigna Members

    Cigna will cover over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 antigen tests as a medical benefit for all US commercial customers per the federal mandate that is effective January 15, 2022.


    Summary of the Requirement

    • Customers may receive reimbursement for up to eight OTC COVID-19 at-home tests per covered individual per 30 days without a health care provider prescription or individualized clinical assessment. Each individual test is counted separately, so if a package includes eight tests, it counts as eight tests (not one) toward the quantity.
    • Health plans must reimburse the costs of OTC tests, regardless of where they were obtained (in or out of network, including online).
    • COVID-19 testing performed by health care providers is not subject to a quantity limit.
    • OTC testing used for employment purposes is not covered under this mandate. If a client would like to cover testing for employment purposes, please notify your client or account manager, who can discuss options with you. Also, Cigna offers Evernorth Rapid Antigen Self-Testing Solutions to help control and manage the cost of workplace testing. Your client or account manager can provide more information on these programs.

    Review the flyer for additional information. To be reimbursed for the test kits, you must complete the COVID-19 OTC Test Kit Claim Form and submit the form to Cigna per the submission instructions on page 2 of the form.

  • New Law Affecting Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts

    Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (The Act). The Act has several changes to health Flexible Spending Accounts and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts. These options are a great benefit for employees. The University of Denver has adopted the following changes.


    Change Elections

    Employees may change their health and dependent care flexible spending account elections at any time. The change is limited to the greater of the amount the employee has already been paid or the amount they have contributed less the amount they have been paid.


    Carryover from 2020 Plan Year

    Unused health and dependent care flexible spending account balances to carry over from plan years ending in 2020 to the next plan year with no maximum.


    Carryover from 2021 Plan Year

    Unused health and dependent care flexible spending account balances to carry over from plan years ending in 2021 to the next plan year with no maximum.


    Extension of Grace Periods

    Grace periods for health and dependent care flexible spending accounts ending in 2020 or 2021 are extended from 2½ months after the end of the plan year to 12 months after the end of the plan year.


    Post-termination Reimbursement for Health FSAs

    An Employee terminating or ceasing to participate in 2020 or 2021 may continue to receive reimbursements from unused benefits or contributions through the end of the plan year when their participation ceased.


    Special Age Rule for Dependent Care

    If an employee has dependent care and their dependent became too old for dependent care, the age dependent care may be used will be increased from 13 to 14 in the current plan year. A carryover into the next plan year is allowed.

Benefits Events

  • TIAA Retirement Counseling

    TIAA Individual Retirement Consultants will work with you by phone, email, virtual or in person meetings, and other channels for one-on-one retirement counseling sessions to answer your questions about your account and DU's retirement savings plan.

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