Officers - Benefits Eligibility

Eligibility

Eligibility begins on your date of hire. Log in to CUBES to see the benefits and options you are eligible for, as well as monthly cost and coverage start date.

Are you unsure if you are an Officer? Learn about Employment Groups.

Who Is Eligible?

Note: Part-Time Officers of Administration are regularly scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week.

*If you are a Part-Time Officer of Administration, you are not eligible for Basic or Optional Long-Term Disability insurance.

Note: If you are a Postdoctoral Fellow, learn more about your benefits eligibility.

Note: Temporary Full-Time Officers are hired for a period of four months or more and with a specific end date.

The following employees are not eligible for coverage under most* University benefits:

  • Temporary part-time Officers
  • Variable hours Officers
  • Part-time academic Officers, including student Officers
  • Part-time administrative Officers regularly scheduled to work less than 20 hours per week

* If you have W-2 earnings, you are eligible to contribute to a Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan.

For most University benefits, including Medical, Vision and Dental, your dependents can be covered if you verify they are your:

  • Legal spouse; 
  • Legally-dependent child(ren), including adopted children and stepchildren;
  • Other.

Go to Dependent Eligibility to learn more.

Active Officers and their spouses age 65 and over who are enrolled in a University medical plan do not need to enroll in Medicare because they still have creditable coverage through the University.

At least three months in advance of retirement from the University, you should enroll in Medicare to avoid any gaps in coverage.

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Both Spouses Work at Columbia

If you and your spouse both work for the University and are eligible for coverage, choose coverage in one of the following ways:

  • One spouse makes the choice for the entire family, including eligible dependent children, if any. In this case, the other spouse selects “No Coverage”; or
     
  • Each spouse enrolls separately and one spouse covers eligible dependent children.