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Employees

An employee

  • Works for the state, a higher education institution, a public school district or a participating local subdivision, and
  • Receives compensation from the state, a higher education institution, a public school district or a participating local subdivision.

 

Eligible employees also include clerical and administrative employees of the S.C. General Assembly; judges in the state courts; and General Assembly members. Permanent part-time teachers, working between 15 and 30 hours a week, qualify for state health, vision and dental insurance. However, teachers working between 15 and 30 hours each week are not eligible for other PEBA benefits, such as life and disability insurance. Elected members of participating county and city councils whose members are eligible to participate in one of the retirement systems administered by PEBA are considered full-time employees. Generally, members of other governing boards are not eligible for coverage. If you work for more than one participating group, contact your benefits administrator for further information.

 

Types of employees

Employees fall into these categories:

 

  • New full-time employees, who are expected by the employer to work at least 30 hours a week. Therefore, they are eligible for coverage within 31 days of their hire date.
  • New variable-hour, part-time or seasonal employees, who are not expected by their employer to average 30 hours a week during the first 12 months they are employed. Because their employer cannot determine their eligibility, they may not enroll in benefits immediately. Their employer must measure their hours to determine whether these employees work an average of 30 hours a week during the 12 months beginning the first of the month after the employee is hired.  If the employee works an average of 30 hours a week during this period, the employee is eligible for coverage during the 12-month period that follows.
  • Ongoing employees, who have worked for their employer from October 4, 2014 - October 3, 2015, a period in which their employer measured their work hours. If the ongoing employee worked an average of 30 hours a week during this 12-month period, the employee is eligible for coverage during 2016, even if the employee’s hours decrease during 2016.

 

If the ongoing employee worked an average of less than 30 hours a week during this period, the employee is not eligible for coverage during 2016, unless the employee gains coverage through some other provision of the plan.

 

Benefits-eligible employees and eligible dependents may enroll in:

  • Health insurance – the State Health Plan Savings Plan and Standard Plan and, for eligible members of the military community, the TRICARE Supplement Plan.
    • Members enrolled in the Savings Plan are eligible for a Health Savings Account.
  • State Dental Plan and Dental Plus
  • State Vision Plan
  • Basic, Optional and Dependent Life insurance
  • Basic and Supplemental Long Term Disability insurance
  • Dependent Care Spending Account
  • Medical Spending Account or a Limited-use Medical Spending Account

 

Premiums may be paid through the Pretax Group Insurance Premium Feature, which is explained in the MoneyPlus chapter of the Insurance Benefits Guide.

 

If you have questions about how your eligibility for benefits is affected by the Affordable Care Act, contact your benefits administrator.

 

For information about options for permanent, non-permanent, seasonal and variable-hour employees who lose coverage, view the General Information chapter of the Insurance Benefits Guide.

 

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