Support Staff - Benefits Eligibility

Eligibility

Log in to CUBES to see the benefits you're eligible for, as well as monthly costs and effective dates. 

Are you unsure which Support Staff union/group you're part of? Learn about employment groups.

If you have questions, please contact the Columbia Benefits Service Center at 212-851-7000 or consult your union's collective bargaining agreement, if applicable.

Eligibility

For Non-Union Support Staff (NUSS) members, eligibility begins on the first day of the month following completion of the applicable waiting period.

If you are a full-time employee and you do not enroll within 31 days of hire or eligibility, you will automatically be enrolled in individual Choice Plus 100 medical coverage and individual EmblemHealth Dental Program coverage only; you will not be able to enroll eligible dependents in Medical, Prescription Drug, Vision or Dental coverage; and you will not have FSAs or Optional Term Life Insurance coverage from Columbia for the remainder of the calendar year.

Waiting Period of Benefits Coverage

* The benefits of eligible full-time and part-time members of Non-Union Support Staff are effective the first day of the month following the completion of the applicable waiting period.

** EmblemHealth Dental only.

Dependent Eligibility

For most Columbia benefits, including Medical, Vision and Dental, dependents—your spouse or same-sex domestic partner, and eligible children—can be covered if you verify they meet the following requirements:

  • Legal spouse
  • Same-sex domestic partner
  • Legally dependent children, including adopted children
     

See Dependent Eligibility to learn more.

Active Support Staff Turning 65

Active Support Staff and their spouses age 65 and over who are enrolled in a Columbia-provided medical plan option do not need to enroll in Medicare because they still have creditable coverage through the University. At least three months in advance of your retirement from the University, you should enroll in Medicare to avoid any gaps in coverage.

For Support Staff Association (SSA) members, eligibility begins on the first day of the month following completion of the applicable waiting period.

If you are a full-time employee and you do not enroll within 31 days of hire or eligibility, you will automatically be enrolled in individual Choice Plus 90 medical coverage and individual EmblemHealth B Dental Program coverage only; you will not be able to enroll eligible dependents in Medical, Prescription Drug, Vision or Dental coverage; and you will not have FSAs or Optional Term Life Insurance coverage from Columbia for the remainder of the calendar year.

Waiting Period of Benefits Coverage

* The benefits of eligible full-time and part-time members of SSA are effective the first day of the month following the completion of the applicable waiting period.

Eligible Dependents

For most Columbia benefits, including Medical, Vision and Dental, dependents—your spouse or same-sex domestic partner, and eligible children—can be covered if you verify they meet the following requirements:

  • Legal spouse
  • Same-sex domestic partner
  • Legally dependent children, including adopted children
     

See Dependent Eligibility to learn more.

Active Support Staff Turning 65

Active Support Staff and their spouses age 65 and over who are enrolled in a Columbia-provided medical plan option do not need to enroll in Medicare because they still have creditable coverage through the University. At least three months in advance of your retirement from the University, you should enroll in Medicare to avoid any gaps in coverage.

For Transport Workers Union of American (TWU) members, eligibility begins on the first day of the month following completion of the applicable waiting period.

If you are a full-time employee and you do not enroll within 31 days of hire or eligibility, you will automatically be enrolled in individual Choice Plus 80 medical coverage and individual EmblemHealth B Dental Program coverage only; you will not be able to enroll eligible dependents in Medical, Prescription Drug, Vision or Dental coverage; and you will not have FSAs or Optional Term Life Insurance coverage from Columbia for the remainder of the calendar year.

Waiting Period of Benefits Coverage

* The benefits of eligible full-time and part-time members of TWU Local 241 (maintenance and custodial employees and security officers) are effective the first day of the month following the completion of the applicable waiting period.

Dependent Eligibility

For most Columbia benefits, including Medical, Vision and Dental, dependents—your spouse or same-sex domestic partner, and eligible children—can be covered if you verify they meet the following requirements:

  • Legal spouse
  • Same-sex domestic partner
  • Legally dependent children, including adopted children
     

See Dependent Eligibility to learn more.

Active Support Staff Turning 65

Active Support Staff and their spouses age 65 and over who are enrolled in a Columbia-provided medical plan option do not need to enroll in Medicare because they still have creditable coverage through the University. At least three months in advance of your retirement from the University, you should enroll in Medicare to avoid any gaps in coverage.

For Local 2110 members, eligibility begins on the first day of the month following completion of the applicable waiting period.

If you are a full-time employee and you do not enroll within 31 days of hire or eligibility, you will automatically be enrolled in individual Choice Plus 90 medical coverage and individual EmblemHealth A Dental Program coverage only; you will not be able to enroll eligible dependents in Medical, Prescription Drug, Vision or Dental coverage; and you will not have FSAs or Optional Term Life Insurance coverage from Columbia for the remainder of the calendar year.

Waiting Period of Benefits Coverage

* The benefits of eligible full-time and part-time members of Local 2110 are effective the first day of the month following the completion of the applicable waiting period.

** EmblemHealth Dental only.

Eligible Dependents

For most Columbia benefits, including Medical, Vision and Dental, dependents—your spouse or same-sex domestic partner, and eligible children—can be covered if you verify they meet the following requirements:

  • Legal spouse
  • Same-sex domestic partner
  • Legally dependent children, including adopted children
     

See Dependent Eligibility to learn more.

Active Support Staff Turning 65

Active Support Staff and their spouses age 65 and over who are enrolled in a Columbia-provided medical plan option do not need to enroll in Medicare because they still have creditable coverage through the University. At least three months in advance of your retirement from the University, you should enroll in Medicare to avoid any gaps in coverage.

For members of Local 1199, Local 32B-32J, Local 100, MEBA and MM&P, most benefits are managed by your union. Please contact your union representative for more information on eligibility.

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Both Spouses Work at Columbia

If you and your spouse or same-sex domestic partner both work for the University and are eligible for coverage, you must choose your coverage in one of the following ways:

  • One spouse or same-sex domestic partner makes the choice for the entire family, including eligible dependent children, if any. In this case, the other spouse or same-sex domestic partner must select “No Coverage.”
  • Each spouse or same-sex domestic partner can make his or her own choice. In this case, all eligible dependent children must be covered by one spouse or or same-sex domestic partner.