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K-State Today

July 8, 2015



K-State benefits for same-sex marriages

By Human Capital Services Benefits

Kansas State University's benefits for same-sex marriages will expand effective Aug. 1, following the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.

The following chart represents employment benefits at Kansas State University that will be available to all married couples.

All dependents and spouses, including same-sex, will continue
to have the following benefits:

AFLAC insurances

AFLAC offers supplemental accident, cancer/specified disease and critical care and recovery insurances. The benefit is available to employees and spouses through the K-State Federal Credit Union.

Basic and optional life insurance

This benefit is only available to eligible employees. Employee can name the beneficiary.

Employee Assistance Program

Provides information, short-term counseling, advice, money management assistance and solutions for work-life to all employees and their dependents.

Flexible Spending Account

Allows reimbursement of expenses for eligible dependents if the individual can be claimed as a dependent for federal income tax purposes.

Health and wellness through HealthQuest

Offers health and fitness activities, condition management programs, tobacco cessation programs and additional programs to promote employees' and dependents' overall health and wellness.

Health Savings, or HSA, and Health Reimbursement, or HRA, accounts

Allows payment/reimbursement of expenses for eligible dependents if the individual can be claimed as a dependent for federal income tax purposes.

K-State employee discounts such as Recreation Services, etc.

Discounts available to employees and dependents for K-State Recreational Services, McCain Auditorium, etc. See the benefits website for more information.

Long-term care insurance

Offered through the Teachers and Employees Association for employees and spouses.

Retirement plans

Employee can name beneficiary and/or joint survivor.

Voluntary savings

 

  • 403(b)

Employee can name beneficiary and/or joint survivor.

  • Deferred compensation 457

Employee can name beneficiary and/or joint survivor.

  • Learning Quest Educational Savings 529 Plan

Savings program for education where the employee can name the beneficiary of the account.

 

 

All spouses, including same-sex, will be eligible
for the following benefits:

Dental insurance

Administered through the State Employee Health Plan. Employees may make a request to the State Employee Health Plan for adding a spouse, newly eligible dependent children or both. Already married employees may add newly eligible spouses now with an effective date of Aug. 1. Employees with a qualifying midyear change, such as marriage or the dependent's gain or loss of insurance, will have an effective date of the beginning of the month after the event date. All midyear changes must be requested within 31 days of the event.

Family Medical Leave Act, or FMLA

Allows job protected leave when eligible and for approved family and medical reasons.

Health insurance

Health insurance is administered through the State Employee Health Plan. Employees may make a request to the State Employee Health Plan for adding a spouse, newly eligible dependent children or both. Already married employees may add newly eligible spouses now with an effective date of Aug. 1. Employees with a qualifying midyear change, such as marriage or the dependent's gain or loss of insurance, will have an effective date of the beginning of the month after the event date. All midyear changes must be requested within 31 days of the event.

*Please note, documentation must be uploaded to the State Employee Health Plan to support proof of dependency.

Employees also may take advantage of enrolling their spouse or dependent children during Open Enrollment, Oct. 1-31 for a Jan. 1, 2016 coverage date.

Leaves

 

  • Sick leave

Leave can be taken for illness or disability of the employee or employee's family member. See K-State's PPM for further details.

  • Bereavement leave

Bereavement leave can be taken for an employee's close relative. See K-State's PPM for further details.

  • Shared leave

Medical leave program for those eligible and approved per K-State's PPM for the employee's or employee's family member's medical condition.

Long-term care insurance through TEA

Legacy Services is an independent broker that offers long-term care insurance to employees and spouses.

Optional life insurance – spousal coverage

Spousal coverage for optional life insurance is administered through KPERS. Employees may apply for this benefit through the HCS benefits office.

Tuition assistance for dependents and spouses

Full-time students may receive a tuition grant for up to seven undergraduate credit hours or three graduate credit hours per fall/spring semester.

Vision insurance

Administered through the State Employee Health Plan. Employees may make a request to the State Employee Health Plan for adding a spouse, newly eligible dependent children or both. Already married employees may add newly eligible spouses now with an effective date of Aug. 1. Employees with a qualifying midyear change, such as marriage or the dependent's gain or loss of insurance, will have an effective date of the beginning of the month after the event date. All midyear changes must be requested within 31 days of the event.

 

Please contact the Benefits Office at benefits@k-state.edu or 785-532-6277 for additional information.