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About Wichita State University Insurance Options

 

The information contained on these pages is for employees and prospective employees of Wichita State University only. Employees or prospective employees of WSU Affiliates (Intercollegiate Athletics, WSU Rhatigan Student Center, and WSU Foundation) should contact the respective local agency human resource office for benefit information.

The State of Kansas and Wichita State University provide benefits eligible employees with various insurance programs as part of their total compensation. Some of these programs are inherent with the employee’s position and others are optional at the election of the employee. The composition and enrollment period for these programs change from time to time. Therefore, it is prudent for all employees to stay informed concerning the current status of these programs. 

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Medical Health Insurance

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It is the employee's responsibility to make any changes to their health plans during a period of time called Open Enrollment, or if they experience a qualifying event such as birth of a child, adoption, loss/gain of coverage, etc.  You have 30 days to provide documentation to Human Resources if you experience an event that changes the status of your health benefits.

In addition, employees may receive discounted medical rates by participating in the HealthQuest Rewards Program.

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Medical Health Insurance Providers:

Wichita State University has multiple plans with multiple vendor choices.

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Prescription Drug Insurance:

Prescription drug insurance is included in the health plan.  Most major pharmacies are included within the covered network.  

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Dental Insurance:

Employees must be enrolled in our medical insurance coverage in order to select dental insurance. (Use ‘Delta Dental PPO’ as the lowest cost network option.)

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Vision Insurance:

This insurance is optional and includes more than one plan choice. (Employees do not have to be enrolled in medical insurance to select this option.)

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(Avaialble for select health plans.)

Wichita State University offers three types of Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). These are optional accounts that employees can set up when enrolling in their benefit plans.

  1. Health Care FSA allows employees to put pretax dollars aside to pay for health related expenses. This includes copayments, deductibles (medical, dental, vision and prescription), and non-network services. An employee can participate even if he or she is not enrolled in a WSU health insurance plan. Participants must enroll in an FSA the following year in order to carryover up to $500 into the next year.
  2. A Limited FSA allows employees to put pretax dollars aside to pay for health related expenses.  This includes copayments, deductible (dental, vision and prescription), and non-network services.  Employees cannot use Limited FSA fund to pay medical or prescription drug expenses. Participants must enroll in an FSA the following year in order to carryover up to $500 into the next year.
  3. Dependent Care FSA allows employees to put pretax dollars aside to pay for child care expenses for children under the age of 13. Remaining funds will be lost at the end of the plan year, this is known as the "use it or lose it" rule.

Visit the Kansas State Employee Health Plan FSA/NueSynergy website at https://www.mywealthcareonline.com/kansasfsa/ for a complete list of eligible expenses.

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Health Savings/Reimbursement Accounts (HSA/HRA):

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Wichita State University offers two types of Savings Accounts for medical reimbursement. An HSA or HRA is required for select health plans.  See an HR Benefits Team member for details.

  1. Health Savings Account (HSA) allows employees to put pretax dollars aside to pay for health related expenses.  Participants can pay for copayments, deductibles (medical, dental, vision and prescription), and non-network services. Participants are required to make minimum contributions.  WSU also contributes funds to this account – click  on the Health Benefits Booklet link (above) for details.
  2. Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) is funded by the university with contributions matching the HSA -- no employee contributions are allowed.  This account may be used by an employee to pay for health related expenses.  This includes copayments, deductibles (medical, dental, vision and prescription), and non-network services.  Participation in an HRA is required if you are ineligible for the HSA account..

Go to http://www.mycdh.optum.com/ for a complete list of eligible expenses.  HSA funds will roll over from year to year, and can be taken with the employee if they leave the university.  HRA funds will be lost at the end of the plan year, this is known as the "use it or lose it" rule.

Employees should review their HSA contributions to make sure they will not exceed the IRS contribution for the plan year.  For more detail, go to http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=humanresources2&p=/Benefits/HSA_OptumBank/.

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Medical Health Insurance Enrollment Information

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Current benefits eligible employees may participate in Open Enrollment which occurs during the month of October.

You may also review your health insurance benefits, make qualifying mid-year changes, and update your contact unformation at:


New Employee/Initial Enrollment

New benefits eligible Wichita State University employees will be sent an email when the State Employee Health Plan (SEHP) Membership Administration Portal (MAP) has been opened to enroll in benefits.  Employees will not be able to log into MAP and enroll prior to this email notification.

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Open Enrollment

Annual Open Enrollment occurs during the entire month of October for coverage during the following plan year (January through December).  For more information:

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Health Insurance Cards

Health insurance cards* are mailed within 2 weeks of new enrollment or a benefits change directly from the vendors (BCBS or Aetna).

Go online to print off cards or call the vendors directly to request cards and verify the mailing address. (Update your address through the SEHP Membership Administration Portal at https://sehp.member.hrissuite.com/ to apply the correction through your vendor.)

Vendor contact and website information can be found on Page 2 of the current year’s health insurance booklet which can be found at http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/sehp/.

If insurance has already started, give the name and phone number of the selected provider to the doctor’s office.  If you, or a family member, are not active within the provider’s system, ask the doctor’s office to bill you at a later time.  In some cases, you may be required to pay out of pocket and obtain reimbursement from the insurance provider.

*For FSA card informatiion go to www.kansasFSA.com
*For HSA or HRA card information go to http://www.mycdh.optum.com/

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Life Insurance

Basic life insurance is provided by Wichita State University at no cost to employees.  Optional supplimental life insurance coverage is available for purchase.


Basic Life Insurance Coverage:

Basic life insurance is provided by Wichita State University at no cost to employees. It is the employee's responsibility to complete or update the beneficiary designation form in Human Resources.
The employee automatically has coverage of 150% of the employee's annual base salary.
Example: An employee with a base annual salary of $20,000 has a life insurance coverage of $30,000.

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Optional Life Insurance Options:

Optional, supplemental life insurance coverage is available for purchase. Employees can purchase employee-only coverage or group coverage. These plans are detailed in the links below:

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Additional Insurance Options

The following are optional insurance coverages available for purchase. Employees can enroll in these during Open Enrollment. Please contact Human Resources for more information on these plans.

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Who to Contact

Wichita State University Human Resources has developed a centralized Total Rewards team, designed to efficiently and effectively serve our employees.

For general questions and concerns related to topics such as health insurance, retirement, tuition assistance, workers compensation, Fair Labor Standards (FLSA) and Family Medical Leave (FMLA), etc:

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Updated 09/15/2017 SP