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Using Your Benefits

Using Your Benefits

You have great benefits as a UC employee or retiree. So when you need to use them, make sure you know what steps to take and when to take them. Here are some “roadmaps” for using your benefits when you have a major life change – like getting married or adopting a child – or when you need to do something as simple as change your address.

Adding a family member to your insurance

When you marry, establish a domestic partnership or add a child to your family, you have 31 days to enroll them in your benefits plans.

Changing your address

Moving? Remember to change your address so UC can keep you up to date on important benefits-related information.

Adopting a child

Here’s everything you need to know about taking time off work, enrolling your new child in benefits, and resources UC offers to help you take care of the newest member of your family.

Applying for disability

When illness or injury prevent you from working for a long time, UC’s disability plans can replace part of your salary and give you peace of mind and time for treatment, rest and recovery.

Changing jobs within UC

You've got a new job within UC at a new location. Congratulations! Here's what you need to do to make the change smoothly.

Establishing a domestic partnership

The University of California works hard to be a good employer, so it’s no surprise we’ve been a leader in offering benefits to domestic partners. Here are a few things to consider.

Getting married

Once the wedding ceremony and celebrations are over, you’ll want to address some issues related to your benefits and personal information.

Having a Baby

Here’s everything you need to know about taking time off work, enrolling your new child in benefits, and resources UC offers to help you take care of yourself and that adorable bundle of joy.

Being laid off

Here's everything you need to know about receiving priority for rehire and continuing your benefits for a limited period after layoff.

Leaving UC employment

So, you’re moving on. We’re sorry to see you go, and we wish you the best. But, before you shut the door and turn out the lights, there’s a few things you’ll need to take care of.

Taking a Leave of Absence

Life happens – both good and bad – and sometimes that means you may need to take a leave of absence from your UC job. Regardless of the reason for your leave, here are the steps you should take to ensure UC knows your intent and that your benefits coverage continues.

Enrolling in Medicare

Everything you need to know to enroll in Medicare.

Going on military leave

If you need time away from your job for uniformed service (including active duty), training for active or inactive duty, full-time National Guard Duty or to be examined for military fitness, you may apply to take a military leave.

A New Employee

As you begin your new job, you’ll need to complete the usual paperwork and make some important choices about your benefits. Here's where you’ll find information to help you get started.

Removing a family member from insurance

Family members become ineligible for UC-sponsored benefits through divorce, the end of a domestic partnership, death or when children become too old, generally at age 26.

Preparing for Retirement

You've had a long, successful career at UC and now you're thinking of the next phase: retirement. The process is fairly easy, but it’s important to plan ahead. The application process and the election of your benefits takes about three months.

Taking a Sabbatical

One of the rewards of academic life is the option to take a sabbatical — a break from teaching and research duties to expand your intellectual horizons. Here’s how to request a sabbatical and what happens to your benefits.

Taking a furlough

If you’re a partial-year career employee, and you have not elected to have your pay spread over 12 months, your work year includes a regularly scheduled furlough period — up to three months per calendar year. You won’t receive your regular paycheck, but may continue some UC benefits.

Laid off temporarily

If you are laid off temporarily, you may be able to continue many of your UC benefits.