Who Is Eligible

Faculty and staff appointed full-time (1.00 FTE) with an appointment of 12 months for Calendar Year (CY)

Legal spouse

Children under age 26

Registered Civil Union or Same Sex Domestic Partners


  • Any State employee who was enrolled in State Health Benefits on May 21, 2010 is eligible for continued coverage based on the minimum work hour requirements in place prior to May 21, 2010, provided there is no break in the employee's service or reduction in work hours to less than 20 hours per week.  Also, any State employee who becomes full-time and later reduces to part-time hours does not retain eligibility.
  • Employees who work less than the FTE threshold are not eligible to receive State-issued health benefits
  • Part-time staff and faculty members who are enrolled in a pension plan are eligible to enroll in any SHBP plan. The employees must pay the full cost of the health plan coverage. Please refer to Part-Time Employees State Health Benefits

How to Enroll

 Enrolling in Benefits

Enrolling a Civil Union or Same Sex Domestic Partner in Health Benefits

Within 30 days of the date of the Civil Union or Domestic Partnership Certificate, or a valid certification from another jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex civil unions or domestic partnerships, complete a State Health Benefits Program Medical Application and the State Health Benefits Program Dental Application and return the completed applications, along with a copy of the Certificate, to the person in your department in charge of payroll/forms processing. Coverage will be effective as of the date of the Certificate.  You may also add your civil union/same-sex domestic partner to your coverage during the regular open enrollment period, which is every October for an effective date of the following January 1.

Multiple Enrollments

  • Individuals may belong to a SHBP medical plan as an employee or a dependent but not both
  • Two state employees married to each other cannot both cover the same children or each other under two SHBP medical plans
  • No individual is eligible for coverage in more than one state dental plan


When Coverage Begins

  • Academic year employees with 10-month academic appointments with September 1 hire date = September 1 effective date
  • All other employees, after 2 months of continuous employment, i.e., August 15 hire date = October 15 effective date


When Coverage Ends

  • Employees with 10-month academic year appointments that end June 30 will continue health insurance coverage through July and August
  • Employees who terminate employment prior to the 6th of the month will continue coverage through the end of that month; employees who terminate on or after the 6th of the month will continue coverage through the end of the month following termination
  • Coverage can be continued through COBRA for up to 18 months


When Child Coverage Ends

  • Coverage ends the last day of the calendar year in which the child reaches age 26