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Employee Benefits

Note: See links to additional information on the left.

This section includes specific details on benefits plans, changes to benefits, and accessing general and personal benefits information. Please select a link from the left margin for benefit-specific information on State and University benefits and Retirement Plans.

For Employees Newly Eligible for Benefits, select from the following:

Benefits Orientation Letter - important information about attending orientation and meeting enrollment deadlines and requirements.

New Hire Benefit Orientation and SURS Webinar Registration - insurance, SURS, and enrollment sessions for employees newly eligible for insurance benefits.

Benefits Overview PowerPoint - slide show of benefits information

Benefits Checklist - a guide outlining enrollment deadlines and procedures to facilitate benefits enrollment.

Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) - an easy-to-understand summary of each health plan’s benefits and coverage.

For general benefits information, select from the following:

Benefits Contacts - contact information for the UPB Benefits Services staff on each campus.

Benefits Overview - select this link to read about the benefits available to University employees.

Benefits Resources - printable (Adobe Acrobat) benefits materials and links to additional benefits information, including:

Personal Benefit Statement - view a statement of your current and past benefit elections, including both mandatory and voluntary University of Illinois and State of Illinois benefit plans. Note: SURS information is not currently included in this statement.

Learn more about the specific benefit plans by selecting one of the links from the left margin or choose from the highlighted topics listed below:

Benefits Enrollment and Changes
Domestic Partner and Civil Union Partner Coverage Information
Additional Programs and Services Administered by Central Management Services (CMS) Additional Programs and Services offered by the University


Benefits Enrollment and Changes

State benefit plan elections and dependent enrollments are during the following periods:

  • Benefit Choice - annual open enrollment period that allows employees to make changes to their State of Illinois health, dental, and life insurance coverage, elect or terminate dependent coverage as well as enroll and re-enroll in the Flexible Spending Accounts (MCAP and DCAP).
  • Experiencing a Qualifying Event - information on eligible qualifying events and forms to initiate benefit changes.

Certain changes can be made to the following benefits without experiencing a qualifying event:

When adding or terminating dependent coverage, supporting documentation must be submitted to your campus UPB Benefits Services office. Please see Dependent Documentation Requirements and Deadlines.


Domestic Partner and Civil Union Partner Coverage Information

Domestic Partner Coverage - information on benefits for registered same-sex domestic partners of University employees. Effective on and after 6/1/2011 no new enrollments are allowed into this category, however those with coverage prior to 6/1/2011 will be allowed to remain covered as Domestic Partners.

Civil Union Partner Coverage - effective 6/1/2011, in accordance with Public Act 96-1513, the State of Illinois provides health, dental and life coverage for Civil Union Partners and their children. Civil Union Partners are defined as same-sex or opposite sex partners. See the Benefit Choice Options booklet or the Civil Union and Domestic Partner Coverage page on the CMS website for additional information.


Additional Programs and Services administered by Central Management Services (CMS) - select a link below or see contact information listed for each program

  • Adoption Assistance Program.
    • Call CMS with any questions at 217-782-2548 or 800-442-1300 or 800-526-0844 TDD/TTY.
  • Employee Assistance Programs - information about the State's employee assistance programs.
    • Non-AFSCME represented employees – Call Magellan at 866-659-3848 or 800-456-4006 (TDD/TTY).
    • AFSCME Council 31 employees – call AFSCME at 800-647-8776 or 800-526-0844 (TDD/TTY).

Additional Programs and Services offered by the University - select a link below or see contact information listed for each program.


Maintained by University Human Resources | Contact Information | Last Update: 26-March-2014 | ID: 1