What would you live on if you had to miss work because of an accident, illness or pregnancy? And you don’t have enough leave time?
We have two disability plans. Both would pay benefits after a minimum waiting period. Except for maternity leave, employees must exhaust all accrued leave time before receiving disability benefits. Pre-existing conditions are excluded in your first year of coverage. Benefits may be reduced by Social Security, Workers’ Compensation or similar disability benefit.
Short Term Disability
Short Term Disability or “STD” is a new benefit effective 9-1-2016. The earliest waiting period for benefits to start is two weeks. The benefit can be paid for up to 12 weeks when you are disabled from your own occupation due to physical disease, injury, pregnancy or mental disorder; it does not cover workers’ comp. All benefit-eligible employees except Resident Physicians/Housestaff are eligible for this benefit.
Click here for the July 2016 announcement to employees about this new benefit and how to enroll during the Aug 1-19 special open enrollment period. The Summary Plan Description will be posted when available.
Basic Short Term Disability: Eligible employees are automatically enrolled in Basic STD. UAMS pays the premium and there is no cost to you. This plan covers your first $45,000 of salary. Again the benefit is 60% salary replacement. The maximum weekly benefit is $519 after you exhaust your leave balance (with the exception of maternity) and after you’ve been on medical leave for 2 weeks.
Optional Short Term Disability: If you make over $45,000 you may enroll in Optional STD to cover your salary over $45,000 and up to $216,000. You would pay the premium cost of .0082 x your salary above $45,000. The maximum premium for someone making $216,000 or more is $114.29 per month. You may enroll within your first month of eligibility as a new hire or when your annualized salary first exceeds $45,000. Otherwise you would have to wait for the next open enrollment period.
Long Term Disability
Long Term Disability or “LTD” benefits would begin after a 180-day (6 months) waiting period. You may transition into LTD from STD if you continue to be disabled after 6 months. The benefit can be paid as long as you are disabled, until age 65. (If disability onset is after 65th birthday, benefits may be paid for a reduced period). All benefit-eligible employees except FGP members and Resident Physicians/Housestaff are eligible for this benefit.
LTD Summary Plan Description ( insurance booklet)
Basic Long Term Disability: Eligible employees are automatically enrolled in Basic LTD. UAMS pays the premium and there is no cost to you. This plan covers your first $20,000 of salary. Again the benefit is 60% salary replacement. The maximum monthly benefit is $1000.
Optional Long Term Disability: If your annual salary is over $20,000, we encourage you to enroll in Optional LTD. By doing so, you cover your salary up to $100,000. This raises your maximum monthly benefit to $5,000. Your premium cost is based upon your salary; the maximum monthly premium is $31.33. You may enroll within your first month of eligibility as a new hire or when your annualized salary first exceeds $20,000. Otherwise you would have to wait for the next open enrollment period.
Long Term Disability for College of Medicine Faculty Group Practice (FGP) Members:
You are automatically enrolled in a separate group plan, Basic FGP LTD, at no cost to you. Basic FGP LTD provides a maximum monthly benefit of $5,000 and covers your first $100,000 of salary. If your salary exceeds $100,000, you have additional coverage through a separate individual plan called Expanded LTD. James D. Foss and Associates, (501) 221-3700, administers the Expanded LTD plan. Within your first month, you must enroll through Foss and elect taxation of your employer-paid premiums under both plans. If you elect to pay taxes on the premium now (as imputed income), future benefits would be tax-free.
FGP LTD Summary Plan Description (insurance booklet)
Long Term Disability for Resident Physicians/Housestaff:
You are automatically enrolled in a separate plan administered through James D. Foss and Associates. You will need to complete enrollment forms at your orientation, and within your first month, to take advantage of the guaranteed-issue coverage. If you have questions, call Foss at 221-3700.
How do I apply for benefits?
Contact Human Resources at (501) 686-5650 to file an LTD claim. But don’t wait until you’ve already missed 6 months of work. File a claim as soon as you think your disability may extend beyond 6 months.
The telephone process to file an STD claim will be posted soon. .
Can I keep coverage when I leave UAMS?
Yes for Long Term Disability. You have 31 days to convert your LTD group coverage to individual policy(ies). You apply directly to The Standard Insurance Company and would pay premiums to them. Go to Benefit Forms for the LTD application.
No for Short Term Disability. There is no option to keep this coverage when you leave UAMS.
Benefit plan information on these web pages is in a summary format and is not intended to replace actual plan documents. UAMS reserves the right to amend or terminate all or any part of any benefit plan.