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30 Day Waiver - FAQs

When is health insurance coverage for faculty and staff available?

The State’s health insurance program mandates that new employees serve a 30-day waiting period before they are eligible for health insurance coverage. New employees become eligible for coverage the first day of the month following completion of the 30-day waiting period. 

Is there a waiver provision for the 30-day waiting period?

Under certain circumstances, the 30 day waiting period may be waived.  Within 30 days of the hire date, a waiver form along with the written request for waiver will need to be completed for the potential employee certifying that the waiver is being sought for the following reason (this is the only situation where the waiver of the waiting period will be considered by the State Employee Health Plan):

  • The new employee is required to have health insurance as a condition of obtaining a work visa for employment in the United States. 

What does a new employee need to do to request a waiver of the 30-day waiting period?

The Benefits Office has been assigned the responsibility of coordinating and verifying all waiver requests for the Lawrence campus. To request a waiver, the new employee should complete the 30-day Waiver for Health Insurance Form. Only waiver requests for new employees who are required to have health insurance as a condition of obtaining a work visa will be processed.

The waiver request form must be submitted 30 days of the new employee’s hire date along with a letter from the department head requesting the waiting period waiver.   After the information is verified, Benefits will submit the request to the State Employee Health Plan (SEHP) for approval. If the waiting period is waived, coverage will be effective the first of the month following the hire date. 

If the new employee or the department has additional questions, who should they contact?

If you have any questions concerning this process, please contact the Benefits Office by email at benefits@ku.edu or by phone at 785-864-4946. 

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