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Benefits Eligibility

Benefits Eligible Employees 

You are considered a benefits eligible employee at the University of Kansas if you are appointed to a regular position that is 48% or greater FTE (Full Time Equivalent). The definitions of full-time and part-time are only used for determining eligibility for the benefit programs listed below.  Full-time and part-time employees are eligible for benefits:

  • Full-time: You are considered a full-time employee if your appointment in a regular position is 75% or greater FTE.
  • Part-time: You are considered a part-time employee if your appointment in a regular position is 48% to less than 75% FTE.

Please note that full time employees pay a smaller health insurance premium than part time employees.  Refer to the health insurance premium information for your respective rates.

Employees Holding Combined Appointments

If you are appointed to more than one position, your benefits eligibility is based on the combined FTE for all regular positions. 

Benefit Programs Offered 

Benefits eligible employees can participate in all of the following benefits programs:

  • State Employee Health Plan (SEHP) includes health insurance, dental coverage, supplemental vision plans, prescription drug coverage, dependent and health care flexible spending accounts, and a health savings or health reimbursement account and voluntary insurance products such as hospital indemnity, accidental injury and critical illness insurance plans.
  • Mandatory retirement plans (Kansas Board of Regents or KPERS)
  • Voluntary retirement plan (Kansas Board of Regents)
  • Death and disability.
  • Basic and optional group life insurance.   

If you are not benefits-eligible, you may be eligible for coverage under the SEHP if you meet eligibility requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For more information on the Affordable Care Act, please visit ACA & KU Employees.

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