Surviving Spouse Plan
(By Bob Millsap, Director of Employee Benefits)
On February 16, 2000 University of Colorado President John C. Buechner
approved a plan, unanimously recommended by the University Benefits Advisory
Board (UBAB), to provide an employer contribution for health benefits
to the surviving spouses of CU faculty and unclassified staff.
Effective July 1, 2000, all surviving spouses of deceased CU faculty
members and unclassified staff enrolled in a CU Health Plan, will receive
the full employer contribution for health insurance for two years. After
the initial two-year period, the employer contribution will be determined
on a "graduated" scale according to the employee's years of service at
CU. Benefits will start at 5% of the employer's contribution amount for
an employee with one year (or less) of service, increasing to 100% of
the employer's contribution for an employee with 20 (or more) years of
service at CU.
Surviving Spouses currently enrolled in a CU Health Plan will automatically
receive the new benefit contribution from the University. They will not
need to re-enroll in the insurance plans to receive the new benefit. Spouses
of deceased employees and deceased retired employees, who are not currently
enrolled in a CU Health Plan, will have a one-time opportunity to enroll
for this Surviving Spouse benefit during a special open enrollment period.
If you know a surviving spouse, please ask them to consider enrolling
in this program.
Open Enrollment for spouses currently not enrolled in the program will
be held from May 5, 2000, through June 2, 2000. New participants will
need to complete an insurance enrollment form and return it to the University
of Colorado, Payroll & Benefit Services, Campus Box 575, Boulder Colorado
80309-0575. If you have questions about the Surviving Spouse Benefit Program
or wish to obtain an insurance enrollment application, please call Payroll
& Benefit Services at 303-735-6500 or 1-877-627-1877.