All eligible employees of the University are covered by life, accidental death and dismemberment, and hospital and major medical insurance. Covered employees' dependents are also eligible for the coverage at the employees' expense and may be included under the plan options. In compliance with Federal law, the State of SD is required to offer employees and their eligible dependents the opportunity for a temporary extension of health coverage in certain situations where coverage under the plan would otherwise end.
Flexible Benefits Plan
The Flexible Benefits Plan was implemented by the state to provide an opportunity to reduce taxes and increase take-home pay. Certain benefits and expenses can be paid for through the plan and actual costs reduced. The cost saving advantage of the plan is simple: any benefit or expense paid through the plan is tax free.
Health Education and Promotion
The State of SD offers its benefit-eligible employees several opportunities to become more actively aware of their personal health and health-related issues. Your State of Health is a statewide health management program that provides tools and information to enhance your personal health and well-being with links to:
• Program Incentives including information about how you may have an opportunity to earn a credit of up to $200 in a Health Risk and Wellness Account
• Health Screenings
• HealthySD.gov Wellness Program
• High-Risk Follow Up Program
• Disease Management Programs
• Work Site Health Programs
• Self-Care Guide
• Weekly Tips
For more information on any of these benefits, contact the Human Resources Office.
Research reports that over 50% of smokers have tried to quit or would like to quit. In order to support the efforts of smokers to quit, the South Dakota Quit Line: 1-866-737-8487 offers free counseling and tobacco tips. Information can be picked up at the Health Services Office located in the Student Union, and at the Student Union Information desk. Freedom From Tobacco cessation classes may periodically be offered on campus. For more information call 642-5123.
Annual memberships to the Young Center are also available through payroll deduction. For more information, please contact the Human Resources Office.
Lactation rooms will be made available upon request by contacting the employee’s immediate supervisor and the Director of Human Resources.