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University of Arkansas Group Benefits

This information is intended only as an overview of available University of Arkansas Group Benefits and related policies and practices. For complete information, refer to the appropriate benefit Summary Plan Description(s).  You may contact Human Resources at yourbenefits@uaex.edu or by calling 501-671-2219 for assistance.

During your first 31 days of employment, you may choose to enroll in any of the University of Arkansas group benefit plans. Every employee must complete and return the University of Arkansas Group Benefits Enrollment Form - EBEN-227 (PDF).

To enroll you or your eligible dependents in any of the benefits in the University of Arkansas Group Benefits Program, you must complete the University of Arkansas Group Benefits Enrollment Form - EBEN-227 along with any enrollment form(s) required. Employees are required to provide documentation proving dependent eligibility (e.g. marriage license, birth certificate) in order to add a spouse or child.  Employees may cover their children until the child reaches age 26th birthday, regardless of their marital, employment or student status.

In the event you do not want any of the optional coverages, you must complete the University of Arkansas Group Benefits Enrollment Form in order to indicate your beneficiary for the free Basic Life Insurance. You have thirty-one days from your date of hire to enroll by returning completed enrollment forms to the Extension Human Resources Office. If you gain new dependents through marriage or birth, you may enroll them within thirty-one days of the event with the required documentation and forms.

The automatic free coverages (Basic Life Insurance and Basic Long Term Disability) are effective from the date of hire. However, all other insurance coverage becomes effective the first day of the month following the date that the completed enrollment form is received in the Human Resources Office.

Dependents - Eligible dependents are your spouse, as legally recognized by the State of Arkansas and children under age 26. Eligible dependent children can be married and do not have to be living with you.