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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 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. The waiver request form must be submitted within 30 days of your hire date along with a letter from the department head or designee requesting the waiting period waiver.   Employee would contact department and request that they write a letter of support for waiver application based on this: new employee is required to have health insurance as a condition of obtaining a work visa

Return both the form and the letter to KU Benefits by encrypted email, by fax (785-864-5200), through Campus Mail or drop them in Room 150, Carruth O’Leary Hall, between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. After the information is verified, Benefits will submit the request to the SEHP for approval.

If the waiting period is waived, coverage will be effective the first of the month following hire date.   

  • If employee have questions if current visa status would require health insurance coverage, please contact Shawn or Keeli with KU International Programs at 785-864-6161. 
  • If employee is coming to the U.S. on a J-1 visa, the SEHP offers health insurance plans that meet the State Department requirements – for additional information, please visit J Visa Enrollment page and review SEHP Health Plan J –In Detail and Rates information.
  • Please note that employee is coming to the University of Kansas from another U.S. employer with COBRA continuation rights or has been covered under a health insurance plan through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employee will not eligible for this waiver. 

 

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 785-864-7402. 


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