Eligibility (Full-Time Actives)

You are eligible for supplemental health insurance benefits defined in this Summary Plan Description and provided by the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund if you are a full-time member of the CUNY professional staff and meet all of the following requirements:

  • You are paid by tax-levy funds
  • You work at least 20 hours a week with an appointment expected to last for more than six months
  • Your title is covered within the Professional Staff Congress of CUNY (see the Details Tab for a complete list of covered titles) 

Supplemental health insurance provided by the the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund is designed to provide coverage for you and your eligible family members. Unless stated otherwise, if you are eligible, your spouse (including a same-sex spouse) or qualified domestic partner and eligible dependent children are also eligible. However, to cover a domestic partner you must submit a Benefits Application for Domestic Partner.

Enrolling as a New Member

If you are eligible for Welfare Fund benefits, your campus Human Resources office will provide you with the Welfare Fund Enrollment Form. Be sure to complete the form accurately and return it to HR promptly. If you are enrolling dependents (spouse/domestic partner/children), you must also submit acceptable documentation that supports their eligibility for benefits.

If the Enrollment Form and documentation are received within 31 days of your date of hire, supplemental health insurance will begin automatically on the first day of the month following your date of hire.

Your coverage will be delayed if the enrollment form and documentation are not received within 31 days after your date of hire.

This page includes only highlights of eligibility requirements. See the Details Tab for more information.

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You are eligible for supplemental health insurance benefits defined in this Summary Plan Description and provided by the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund if you are a full-time member of the CUNY professional staff and meet all of the following requirements:

  • You are paid by tax-levy funds
  • You work at least 20 hours a week with an appointment expected to last for more than six months
  • Your title is covered within the Professional Staff Congress of CUNY

Qualified Continuing Education Teachers who have basic NYC Health Benefits and certain management personnel and exempt titles are also eligible. A complete list of covered titles is included below.

Eligibility generally coincides with employment.

  • If the Enrollment Form and dependent documentation are received within 31 days of the date of hire, Welfare Fund coverage will begin automatically on the first day of the month following the date of hire. 
  • Welfare Fund coverage stops at the end of the month employment terminates.

An eligible individual who waives personal and/or dependent coverage because of other health insurance may enroll at a later time if that other coverage is terminated or significantly altered.

  • Welfare Fund coverage will not be effective until the Fund Office receives an updated Enrollment Form.
  • If the Fund receives the form within 30 days of the termination of the other insurance, coverage will be retroactive to the date of termination.

Persons who waive NYC Health Benefits Plan coverage remain eligible for Welfare Fund dental, vision and hearing aid benefits only. 

Dependent Eligibility

If you are eligible, your spouse or qualified domestic partner is eligible. Domestic partners are qualified if duly registered with the New York City Clerk's Office and able to demonstrate financial interdependence. Certain tax implications apply to benefits for domestic partners. These may be reviewed with qualified tax professionals.

If you are eligible, your dependent children are eligible. The Fund defines eligible dependent children as natural or adopted children who are a) under age 26 or b) totally and permanently disabled and who became so prior to their 19th birthday. 

The eligibility for continued coverage of disabled dependent children only applies to current employees whose disabled dependent children reach the age limitation (26) while covered by a NYC HBP health plan. New employees with disabled dependent children, already over the age limitation, may not include such children as dependents on their City health plan coverage. In addition, employees may not add disabled dependent children to their health plan coverage, if the child is already over age 26.

Coverage for dependent children (not disabled) ends on the last day of the month that children turn 26.

Dependents (spouse and children) must be enrolled with the Welfare Fund.

Initiation of Coverage

Your CUNY campus Benefits Office provides plan descriptions and forms for enrollment in the NYC Health Benefits Program and the Welfare Fund Supplemental Health Insurance Benefits Plan. No benefits are available until enrollment is completed and processed.

Termination of Coverage

At the point that coverage terminates, plan participants will be notified of their rights to purchase benefits in accordance with the federal COBRA regulations. This notice is issued by your campus Benefits Office and includes both the NYC Health Benefits Program and Welfare Fund Supplemental Insurance Benefits from the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund.

Appendix

Full-Time Covered Titles for PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund

Faculty Titles

Professor
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Distinguished Professor
Chairperson of College Department
University Professor
Distinguished Lecturer
Lecturer
Instructor
Instructor (Nursing Science)
Continuing Education Teacher (must be appointed to a position that will continue for more than six months and that requires a minimum of 20 hours per week) 

Registrar Titles

Senior Registrar
Registrar
Associate Registrar
Assistant Registrar

College Lab Tech Titles

Chief College Laboratory Technician
Senior College Laboratory Technician
College Laboratory Technician

Medical Title

College Physician

Research Titles

Research Associate
Research Assistant

Higher Education Officer Titles

Higher Education Officer
Higher Educaiton Associate
Higher Education Assistant
Assistant to Higher Education Officer

Substitutes and Visiting Titles

Substitute (any covered full-time title)
Visiting (any covered full-time title)

Hunter Campus School Titles

Chairperson of Department
Teacher
Assistant Teacher
Substitute Teacher
Temporary Teacher
Guidance Counselor
Teacher of Library
College Laboratory Technician
Placement Director
Educational and Vocational Staff
Early Childhood Teacher
Teacher (Hourly)

Medical School Titles

Medical Professor (Basic Sciences)
Associate Medical Professor (Basic Sciences)
Assistant Medical Professor (Basic Sciences)
Medical Professor (Clinical)
Associate Medical Professor (Clinical)
Assistant Medical Professor (Clinical)
Medical Lecturer

Law School Titles

Law School Professor
Law School Associate Professor
Law School Assistant Professor
Law School Instructor
Law School Library Associate Professor
Law School Library Assistant Professor
Law School Lecturer
Law Schoool Library Professor

Employment Opportunity Center Titles

EOC Lecturer
EOC HEO Series
EOC Assistant Registrar
EOC College Laboratory Technician
EOC Adjunct Lecturer
EOC Adjunct College Laboratory Technician
EOC Substitute (full-time title)

Management Titles

Chancellor
Executive Vice Chancellor
Senior Vice Chancellor
Vice Chancellor
President
Deputy to the President
Senior Vice President
Vice President
Assisant Vice President
Dean
Associate Dean
Assistant Dean
Principal - Hunter College School
Director of Campus School
Executive Assistant to a CUNY Officer
Chief Librarian Director
Provost
Affirmative Action Officer
Personnel Director
Associate Personnel Director
Assistant Personnel Director
Dean of CUNY Law School
Law School Chief Librarian
Dean of CUNY Medical School
Business Manager
Occupational Safety and Health Officer

EOC Management Titles

EOC Director
EOC Associate Director
EOC Assistant Director
EOC Coordinator

Building Maintenance, Security and Professional Titles

Administrative Superintendent of Building and Grounds
Assistant College Security Director
Chief Admin, Superintendent of Building and Grounds
Chief Admin. Supt. of Campus Buildings and Grounds
College Security Director
Computer Operations Manager
Computer Systems Manager
Deputy University Security Director
University Associate Chief Engineer
University Chief Architect
University Chief Engineer
University Security Director