Smoking Survey Results & Information
A smoking policy survey was forwarded to all staff and faculty earlier this year. Below you will find the survey results, the University Smoking Policy, additional information, and FAQ's.
We are excited to announce that all benefits eligible employees will be able to access additional voluntary benefits this fall.
Recent legislative changes provide the ability for Texas Woman’s University to offer Voluntary Benefits. Please note that these voluntary benefits are in addition to benefits sponsored by ERS (Employees Retirement System). Following the results of a campus wide survey, a request for proposal was issued. After extensive review by our Voluntary Benefits Committee, the following benefits will be available to all benefits eligible employees. Enrollment will occur through online enrollment during the annual enrollment period in July (future communication will announce the exact dates). The premiums for these benefits will be paid through payroll deduction and will be deducted on an after-tax basis.
Voluntary Supplemental Medical Plan Coverage:
Three separate voluntary benefit plans that offer supplemental coverage to your medical plan.
This plan offers coverage for accident, injuries, ambulance services and accidental death.
The Critical Illness and Cancer plan offers you and your family benefits following a serious illness or a condition such as a heart attack, stroke, coronary artery disease or cancer.
The Hospital Indemnity plan pays cash benefits when you are hospitalized.
Other Voluntary Benefit Coverage:
Identity Theft and Legal Insurance
Identity Theft protection provides services to help prevent your identity from being stolen and can assist you in repairing your credit if your identity is stolen. Legal Assistance provides services such as a legal consultation for will preparation, traffic ticket defense, contract review, and other legal issues.
The Emergency Assistance plan provides lifesaving, emergency assistance while at home, on the job or traveling.
Pet Insurance offers pay for quality veterinary care for your pets. This coverage is for cats and dogs only.
In addition to the benefits offered above, Auto and Home insurance will be offered to all TWU Benefits Eligible employees at a discounted group rate.
Participation is voluntary and all premiums are fully paid by the employee through after tax payroll deduction. Enrollment will occur through an online portal. More details will follow regarding the enrollment process in future emails and during annual enrollment 2013.
Frequently asked questions
Why is TWU offering Voluntary Benefits?
TWU is offering these benefits to provide options to your current benefit package that are not available through ERS. Voluntary benefits allow you to enhance your overall benefits package by providing you an opportunity to purchase additional insurance products through payroll deduction, often at lower rates than if you were to purchase them on your own.
Can I take these benefits with me if I leave TWU?
Yes. These benefits are portable. You would be responsible for making premium payments directly to the vendor.
What if I am currently enrolled in AFLAC?
If you are currently enrolled in AFLAC you can continue your current coverage and your payment arrangements. This plan will not be offered as a payroll deduction.
Can I only make changes once a year?
Employees have the ability to cancel coverage for Accident, Critical Illness, and Cancer throughout the year. The remaining benefits are open to changes throughout the year. New Hires will also have 30 days to elect these benefits.
Can these deductions be paid with pre-tax dollars? TWU is offering these plans on an after tax basis in order to allow you the flexibility to make changes throughout the year. In addition, some of these voluntary benefits are not qualified under section 125 of the Internal Revenue Service for pre-tax deductions.