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Benefits Overview

The University of Denver provides a wide range of benefit choices. New employees are introduced to the benefit plan during New Hires: Orientation Part One, and are given a 30 day window for enrollment. Once each year, thereafter, the University sponsors an "open enrollment" period, which allows employees to make changes in existing coverage.

Benefit eligibility is based upon the position held, and may be attached to both full and part-time, qualifying positions. Follow the links below for additional information on DU's benefit choices. Send an email message to [email protected] to ask a benefits question anytime!

The University of Denver strives to create an inclusive and welcoming community for all. We are committed to diversity and recognizing and valuing the rich views of our community members. The University is proud to offer health and wellness plans that are inclusive to all same-gender domestic partners of our benefited employees.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

SupportLinc is the new EAP for faculty and staff effective July 1, 2019  

HRIC recognizes the stresses that come with balancing your work, family and personal life. To help you manage the daily challenges, DU is pleased to announce the SupportLinc employee assistance program (EAP), available beginning July 1 to all benefited employees.

SupportLinc offers several bilingual, confidential and professional support resources at no cost to you or your family, addressing a wide array of personal and work-related concerns, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Marriage and relationship problems
  • Grief and loss
  • Substance abuse
  • Anger management
  • Work-related pressures
  • Stress 

SupportLinc also provides expert referrals for legal assistance, financial assistance and everyday family issues such as dependent care, auto repair, pet care and home improvement.

Other services include articles and tip sheets, search engines and directories for services, discount fitness center memberships, video counseling, online learning modules and a mobile app. Read more about SupportLinc's services here (Spanish).

Access SupportLinc services by visiting its website (username: universityofdenver) or by calling 1-888-881-LINC (5462).

Please note that as of July 1, EAP services previously provided by the Health and Counseling Center will no longer be available.

If you have questions at any time, email [email protected]

Benefits Rates and Guides

Benefits Plan information 

Legal Notices

Medicare Part D Creditable Coverage Notice and Notice of Special Enrollment Rights / Spanish Version 

This notice contains important information including the following:

  • Details on your current prescription drug coverage provided through the DU health plan
  • Your options under Medicare's prescription drug coverage
  • Enrolling in Medicare
  • Late Enrollment and the Late Enrollment Penalty
  • Special Enrollment Period Exceptions to the Late Enrollment Penalty
  • Coordinating Other Coverage with Medicare Part D

Premium Assistance Under Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) / Spanish Version 

If you or your children are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP and you're eligible for health coverage from your employer, your state may have a premium assistance program that can help pay for coverage, using funds from their Medicaid or CHIP programs. If you or your children aren't eligible for Medicaid or CHIP, you won't be eligible for these premium assistance programs but you may be able to buy individual insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Medical Coverage

Provider: Kaiser Permanente
Member Service: 303-338-3800
Website: https://my.kp.org/du

The University offers three medical plan options through Kaiser Permanente:

  1. Health Savings Account (HSA)-Qualified High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) / (Spanish Version)
  2. Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) Plan / (Spanish Version)
  3. Triple-Option Point-of-Service (POS) Plan / (Spanish Version)

For general information on all three options, view the medical plan overview.  If you live and work outside of Kaiser in-service areas, please contact Shared Services at 303-871-7420 or [email protected] for information on Out of Area PPO Plans. 

Get detailed information about the medical plan options on the Kaiser Permanente website set up exclusively for DU.

Dental Coverage 

Provider: Delta Dental of Colorado 
Member Service: 800-610-0201
Website: www.deltadentalco.com 

The University offers three dental plan options through Delta Dental of Colorado:

  1. Delta Dental Base PPO Plan / Spanish Version
  2. Delta Dental Enhanced PPO Plan / Spanish Version
  3. Delta Dental Patient Direct Discount Program

You must select a dentist from the Patient Direct Provider Directory for the Patient Direct Discount Program.  Visit Delta Dental's website to find providers for Delta Dental Base and Enhanced plans.   

For general information on all three options, view the dental plan overview.  

Basic Life and AD&D Insurance - Hartford
Retirement Plan

Provider: TIAA
Customer Service: 800-842-2252
Website: www.tiaa.org/du   

The University offers a 403(b) retirement savings plan. View the retirement savings plan overview for general information or for more detailed information, you may view the Plan document

Register to enroll in a new retirement plan or login to view your account on the TIAA website set up exclusively for DU.  

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and COBRA

Provider: Rocky Mountain Reserve 
FSA Member Service: 888-722-1223
Website: www.rockymountainreserve.com 

The University offers three flexible spending account (FSA) options through Rocky Mountain Reserve:

  1. Health Care FSA
  2. Limited Purpose Health Care FSA
  3. Dependent Care FSA

New to the health care FSA and limited purpose FSA is the rollover feature. Employees may rollover $500 at the end of the plan year to use in future years. View the FAQ for more information on the rollover feature.

For general information on all three options, view the FSA overview.  For a list of eligible expenses, visit RMR's website "What's Covered." 


Rocky Mountain Reserve administers COBRA for the University.  

Cafeteria Plan
Cafeteria Plan Summary Plan Description

Discounts

Discount offers to various services and goods are available.  Please see the full list of discounts under additional benefits

Benefits FORMS

All Benefits forms are now located in Fresh Desk. You must login with your DU email and password. Forms can be found under Human Resources > Human Resources Forms. 

Health and Wellness News

Measles Outbreak - What You Need to Know  

The United States is currently experiencing a measles outbreak. Measles symptoms include high fever, rash, runny nose and red watery eyes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reports that measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing. Direct contact with infected mucus or saliva can put individuals at high risk for infection.

It is advised that individuals experiencing symptoms should stay home and call their healthcare provider to discuss virus testing before visiting the clinic. Medical centers can provide special arrangements for measles evaluation while protecting other patients and medical staff from the risk of infection.

How do you know if you should have the measles vaccination?

Measles can be prevented with MMR vaccine. The vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. The CDC recommends children get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. For adults, the following applies:

  • Adults born before 1957 (age 62 or older) are considered immune to measles
  • Adults born 1957 to 1968 (age 50-62):
    • If vaccinated before 1963: need at least one vaccine now
    • If vaccinated 1963 to 1968: need at least one vaccine now if previously vaccinated with killed vaccine or unknown type
    • If high risk (healthcare, international travel, teachers, college students, exposed in an outbreak) need two MMR vaccines at least 4 weeks apart
  • Adults born 1968 or after (age 50 or younger) should have received the live MMR vaccine (2 doses spaced at least 4 weeks apart) and do not need further doses
  • If in doubt just revaccinate.

What to do if you are on a DU-sponsored Kaiser Permanente medical plan?

Kaiser Permanente encourages those on a DU-sponsored medical plan to call the appointment and advice line or chat with a doctor on www.kp.org if they think they or their covered dependents have symptoms. Calling ahead before going in for care helps your medical provider direct you to the most appropriate care and take precautions to protect others. 

Benefits Events

October 8, 9, and 10: Retirement Readiness Information Sessions 

You are invited to attend the Retirement Readiness Information Sessions. This program is designed for faculty and staff to provide assistance as you plan for retirement.

We are hosting the following education sessions:

Social Security: Retirement, Disability, and Spousal/Widows and Child Benefits
Josh Weller, a Public Affairs Specialist with the Denver Regional Communications Office of Social Security, will be providing information regarding what you need to know before and after filing to receive Social Security benefits. More specifically, he will be discussing information regarding: Retirement, Spousal and Widows benefits, Disability, Child benefits, Medicare and Social Security's online services. There will be an opportunity to have your questions answered after the presentation.

Tuesday, October 8 from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. in room 304, University Hall
Wednesday, October 9 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. in room 304, University Hall

Paying Yourself: Income options in retirement
It's time to consider a little payback. You've made a lot of sacrifices in order to put away enough money to retire. When it's finally time, do you know how to get the money back? There are lots of considerations, rules and tax implications that make these decisions very important and more complex. Relax. We can help. TIAA's workshop leader will help simplify retirement income:

  • Learn the basic rules that govern the most common retirement accounts
  • Gain perspective on when to tap into different assets
  • Discover the flexible income choices TIAA offers

Tuesday, October 8 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. in Evans room, University Hall
Wednesday, October 9 from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. in room 304, University Hall

Medicare 101 & Kaiser Sr. Advantage Plan
Benefited employees of any age can come to Medicare 101 & Kaiser Sr. Advantage Plan presented by Michelle Stoll from Kaiser Permanente. The focus of this session will be on the basics of Medicare and how it works with the DU group Kaiser Sr. Advantage Plan options.

Wednesday, October 9 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. in room 105, Daniels College of Business
Thursday, October 10 from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. in room 330, Daniels College of Business

Registration
Please follow the steps below to register for the seminar.

1. Log-in to PioneerWeb
2. Click on the "Employee" tab
3. Under the section "Training," click on the link "Wellness"
4. Choose the session(s) you would like to attend and click "Continue"
5. HRA Training Course Registration Confirmation will detail the session(s) chosen
6. Click "Submit" to complete your registration

Wellness Points
Participants who attend one or more session will receive 100 points towards the wellness incentive program. Points will be loaded to the participant's account in 1-2 weeks after the seminar.

October 10, 22, 24, and 28: TIAA Retirement Counseling Sessions 

TIAA Individual Retirement Consultants will be on the DU campus for 1-on-1 retirement counseling sessions to answer your questions about your account and our retirement plan. Click here to register for TIAA financial counseling.

November 13, 14, 25, and 26: TIAA Retirement Counseling Sessions 

TIAA Individual Retirement Consultants will be on the DU campus for 1-on-1 retirement counseling sessions to answer your questions about your account and our retirement plan. Click here to register for TIAA financial counseling.

December 10, 11, 18, and 19 : TIAA Retirement Counseling Sessions 

TIAA Individual Retirement Consultants will be on the DU campus for 1-on-1 retirement counseling sessions to answer your questions about your account and our retirement plan. Click here to register for TIAA financial counseling.