University of Houston-Clear Lake is dedicated to our faculty and staff and as part of this commitment we offer a benefits package designed to meet needs of our diverse workforce, while providing a variety of choices to meet individual and family needs.
Benefits eligible employee insurance benefits are administered by the Employees Retirement of Texas (ERS). We offer three health plans under the guidelines of ERS:
The State of Texas pays 100% of full-time employees health insurance premiums and basic life insurance plan. Dependent health coverage is also available and becomes effective at the same time as the employees. The state pays for 50% of dependent health insurance premiums. Part-time employees that work more than 20 hours per week are also offered insurance benefits with a portion of the premium benefit provided by the state.
To learn more visit the new employees website provided by ERS. Additionally, please review the summary of employee benefits.
Optional state benefits include dental, vision, life insurance, and disability insurance. ERS also provides flexible spending health care and dependent care reimbursement accounts.
The University of Houston System (“System”) partners with Aflac and MetLife/Trustmark to sponsor several optional benefit plans for System benefits-eligible employees through payroll deduction. These supplemental benefits are in addition to the benefits currently offered by the Employee Retirement System (“ERS”); however, the cost of each product is the employee’s sole responsibility and will not be supplemented in any way by the university or System. The products offered are Aflac’s Accident, Cancer, Critical Illness and Hospital Protection plans and MetLife/Trustmark’s Universal Life with Long-Term Care plan.
Current employees can add/drop coverage only during the annual open enrollment period. Specific dates for open enrollment vary from year to year but are typically held in late July/early August. New hires have 30 days from their hire date to enroll in Aflac and 90 days from their hire date to enroll in MetLife.
Please keep in mind Aflac and MetLife are optional benefits and are not coordinated with ERS benefits; enrollment is completely separate from ERS. To learn more, please call to schedule an appointment with an agent or visit their web sites for more details.