OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU | Comprehensive, Quality Programs
The University of Maine System is proud to offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits program. Benefits are an important part of your total rewards, so we continually strive to ensure that the benefits program is meaningful and continues to attract and retain the qualified faculty and staff needed to serve our students and our state.
We encourage you to review the programs outlined in this guide before making your final benefits choices. Share it with your spouse or partner who may be eligible for some of our plans. You may find additional information on our website and MyUMS employee portal, and ask questions of the Employee Benefits Center before you enroll. Once enrolled, stay engaged and informed by reviewing benefits information sent to your @maine.edu email account throughout the year.
|UMS Employee Benefits Center|
Eligibility & Benefits Status
You are eligible for benefits on your date of hire (or date of status change that makes you eligible for benefits). You must enroll within 31 days of your eligibility date. Eligible employees include:
- Full-time and part-time regular employees who work at least 50% of full-time
- Part-time temporary faculty who meet eligibility and current workload criteria
Depending on your classification and your bargaining unit, you may be eligible for some or all of the benefit programs described in this guide. If you have questions about your benefits eligibility status or eligibility for a specific program, please contact the Employee Benefits Center.
Once you become eligible for benefits, your *certified spouse/domestic partner and children up to age 26 are also eligible for some benefits, including:
- Medical, Dental, & Vision Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Flexible Spending Accounts
* For all dependents enrolled in Medical, Dental & Vision, the Employee Benefit Center (EBC) must receive supporting documentation proving relationship.
ENROLLMENT | Enter Your Elections in MaineStreet
MaineStreet Employee Self-Service
MaineStreet provides a two-way communication between UMS and employees. Self-Service features provide:
- Benefits Enrollment: Update your benefit elections for qualifying status changes.
- View Benefits Summary: View current, future or past enrollment information.
- Life Insurance Beneficiaries: Designate life insurance beneficiaries.
- Dependent/Beneficiary Info: Update your dependents’ personal information.
- Personal Information: Update your personal information (home address, phone number,emergency contact information, etc.).
For each benefit election, be sure to indicate whether coverage is for you and/or for your spouse/domestic partner and children. For all dependents enrolled in Medical, Dental & Vision, the EBC must receive supporting documentation proving relationship. Domestic partners need to submit a "Certification of Domestic Partnership" and are taxed on the value of partner benefits in accordance with IRS regulations.
If you have questions about your benefit options or need to request paper enrollment forms, call the Employee Benefits Center toll-free at 1-866-269-9635 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need help with your MaineStreet User ID and password, call the IT User Services Help Line, 1-800-696-4357.
Qualifying Family or Employment Status Changes
Your benefits elections will remain until the end of the calendar year. You can only make changes to your benefits mid-year if you have a Qualifying Event. These events are defined by the IRS and include changes in status, such as:
- marriage or divorce
- birth or adoption of a child
- death of a dependent
- change in your own (or a spouse’s) employment status
- dependent meets or ceases to meet eligibility requirements
In addition, there are other special events that may qualify you or a dependent to enroll or make changes midyear. These events include:
- HIPAA special enrollment rights
- FMLA special requirements
- Changes due to a judgment, decree, or court order
- Entitlement to Medicare or Medicaid
YOUR BENEFITS | Programs to Protect Your Health & Well-Being
You have the opportunity to build your own benefits program that meets your needs and the needs of your family. The University of Maine System is committed to providing both a range of basic benefits and a variety of additional benefits from which you can select:
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
Health Savings Account (HSA)
Group Auto & Homeowners Program
Basic & Supplemental Life Insurance
Basic & Supplemental Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
403(b) & 457(b) Retirement Plans
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Paid Time Off
Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
Unum Supplemental Insurance
Spouse/ Partner/Child Life Insurance
Upon meeting the eligibility requirements, you will automatically be enrolled in:
Basic Life Insurance: Coverage equal to your annual base salary is paid by the University. Coverage is reduced to 65% of salary at age 65.
Basic AD&D Insurance: This benefit provides additional financial protection in the event of an accidental death and protection against life-changing injuries such as loss of limb, sight, or paralysis. Coverage equal to your annual base salary is paid by the University.
Long Term Disability Insurance: Long term disability coverage provides income protection in the event that you have an approved illness or injury that prevents you from working for more than six (6) months. After being out of work for six (6) months, it provides a benefit equal to 60% of your base pay, to a maximum of $13,000/month and continues for the duration of your disability or attainment of your full Social Security retirement age, whichever occurs first. The premium for LTD coverage is paid by UMS; therefore, benefits you receive are taxable.
Retirement Savings: University retirement plans provide employees with the opportunity to set aside funds for retirement. Participation in the Basic Retirement Plan is mandatory effective the first of the month following eligibility. Employee mandatory contributions, University matching contributions, and the vesting schedule for University contributions are based on length of service and collective bargaining unit.
Employees have the option to defer federal and state taxes on their basic contribution by electing the Before-tax option. Employees may also tax shelter additional voluntary contributions. Contributions will be sent to an account in your name at TIAA.
Roth 403(b)/457(b) additional voluntary employee options. With the Roth contribution option, your contribution is taken out of your paycheck after your income is taxed, which does not lower your current taxable income. However, your contributions, and the earnings on them, are tax-free upon withdrawal in retirement provided certain conditions are met. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations require that amounts set aside in the Roth count toward your overall IRS limits for current calendar year.
These programs have benefits that may be due to your loved ones, so please make sure that your MaineStreet beneficiary information is accurate and up-to-date. Retirement Plan beneficiaries are designated directly with TIAA.
You also will be eligible to use the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and accrue annual (vacation) and disability (sick) leave.
MEDICAL BENEFITS | Choice of Two Quality Plans
Perhaps the most important benefit choice you make is your healthcare coverage. UMS offers two excellent Cigna medical plans that are cost-effective, easy to use, and valuable to you.
Cigna Copay Plan
- A traditional managed care plan with copays for some services (such as office visits), and a lower deductible and coinsurance for other services (such as lab/x-ray).
- Utilizes the Cigna Care Network (CCN) for tiered specialty copays. Copays for therapists (such as short-term rehab and outpatient behavioral) are the same as the primary care copay.
Cigna Choice Fund Plan
- An IRS-qualified High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with an up-front deductible that applies to all services except preventive care. If you elect family coverage, the entire family deductible needs to be met before coverage starts.
- Once the deductible is met, you pay coinsurance up to the annual out-of-pocket maximum.
- The premium you pay for this plan is 15-20% less than the Copay Plan
Copay (Cigna Network)
Copay (Out of Network)
Choice HSA (Cigna Network)
Choice HSA (Out of Network)
|Preventive Care||No charge||20%2||No charge||30%2|
|Ambulance||No charge||No charge||10%2||10%2|
|Hospital Outpatient Surgery||$100||$100, then 20%2||10%2||30%2|
|Prescription - Retail, 30-day supply.|
|Preventative Generic||$5||Not Covered||10%2||Not Covered|
|Non-Prev. Generic||$10||Not Covered||10%2||Not Covered|
|$25||Not Covered||10%2||Not Covered|
|Non-Pref. Brand||$25||Not Covered||10%2||Not Covered|
|Prescription - Mail Order, 90-day supply.|
|Preventive Generic||$10||Not Covered||10%2|
|Non-Prev. Generic||$20||Not Covered||10%2|
|Preferred Brand||$50||Not Covered||10%2||Not Covered|
|Non-Pref. Brand||$80||Not Covered||10%2||Not Covered|
|Prescription - Out of Pocket Max3|
|Single||$1,300||Not Covered||None||Not Covered|
|Telemedicine - MDLIVE||No charge||Not Covered||$45||Not Covered|
|Hearing Aids – Amplifon||$35||20%||10%||30%|
1deductible and copays apply toward the out-of-pocket max 2after you pay the deductible 3includes prescription copays
Health Savings Account (HSA)
HSA’s are available only if enrolled in Choice Plan with HSA. Employees enrolled in the Choice Plan, an IRS-Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP), will be provided an HSA. An HSA is an employee-owned bank account where employees may set aside tax-free money for qualified healthcare expenses.
In addition to any contributions you decide to make, the University System will contribute $1000 annually for employees with single coverage and $2,000 annually for employees with two-person or family coverage to each eligible employee’s HSA. Please note that the annual IRS maximum contribution limit applies to all contributions made to your account, regardless of who makes the contribution. UMS contributions are subject to change in the future based on plan participation and available University financial resources.
If you are over age 55, you can contribute an additional $1,000.
UMS Monthly Contribution
|UMS Total Annual Contribution|
|2-Person or Family||$166.66||$2,000|
The HSA may be used for medical plan expenses, as well as long-term care, COBRA, and Medicare premium payments. A complete list of eligible expenses may be found on the employee portal myums.maine.edu.
|Annual Limit||Under Age 55||Age 55 and older|
|2-Person or Family||$7,200||$8,200|
Unum Supplemental Insurance
UNUM Supplemental Insurance is a voluntary supplemental plan which covers some out of-pocket healthcare costs. Available options include supplemental hospitalization and accident coverage to help offset the out-of-pocket cost of deductibles, coinsurances, and/or copays or to help cover any increases in copayments under your current health plan.
Unum Supplemental Insurance provides discounted group rates and payroll deduction.
Take These Steps to Get the Most Value from Your Health Plan
- Schedule your annual physical with your PCP. Remember, there is no cost to you for this annual preventive care visit - the copayment or co-insurance is waived.
- Whenever possible, see your PCP or use a walk-in or urgent care facility in your community instead of going to a hospital Emergency Room. Under Co-Pay plan, Emergency Room visits have a $100 copayment (unless you are admitted to the hospital).
Cigna Telehealth Connection
Cigna Telehealth Connection lets you get the care you need (including prescriptions, if appropriate), when you need it. Cigna provides access to telehealth services as part of your medical plan provided by MDLive. MDLive is a national telehealth provider, with 24/7/365 access to board-certified doctors via video chat or phone. Register for MDLive access treatment for minor conditions such as sore throat, fever, colds, flu, rashes, shingles and more.
Telehealth services can be a cost-effective alternative to a doctor’s office or non-urgent ER visit. However, they are not intended to replace your primary care relationship or for use with life-threatening emergencies. To register or for any questions, you may call MDLive at 1-888-726-3171 or visit MDLIVEforCigna.com.
Omada Diabetes Prevention Program
Beginning in January 2020, UMS will offer the Cigna Diabetes Prevention Program provided in collaboration with Omada. This CDC-recognized digital lifestyle program focuses on helping employees reduce their risk of developing diabetes through healthy weight loss. Eligible participants in the program will receive a wireless smart scale that connects to a personalized online account, making tracking simple. Participants will also receive support from social groups and Omada health coaches, as well as interactive training lessons on healthy eating, physical activity, sleep and stress.
Complete Level 1 of the UMS Wellness Incentive Program:
For information about Level 1 and Level 2 requirements, please review your 2021 Wellness Guide available in early December for more information.
- Within 90 days of your effective date of enrollment in the health plan (and generally by April 30 of each year thereafter), complete Level 1 to qualify for reduced health insurance premiums and to avoid an increase in premiums.
- You and your covered spouse/domestic partner must both participate.
- Your health insurance contributions, which default to the incentive rate for the first 90 days, will remain at this level if you and your covered spouse/partner both qualify for Level 1. If either or both of you do not qualify, employee contributions will increase to the non-incentive premium rate.
Please wait up to three weeks after enrolling in the health plan before attempting to register for the UMS Wellness program. Look for more information in your 2021 Wellness Guide available in early December.
1. Complete health coaching session with TrestleTree. (Coaching is available by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling 1-855-580-2797).
2. Visit your physician to complete an annual preventive care exam.
Complete Level 2 of the UMS Wellness Incentive Program:
Before November 30, complete Level 2 and receive a $100 taxable incentive payment (or $200 if you and your covered spouse/domestic partner both participate).
DENTAL & VISION BENEFITS | Overall Health
Good dental and eye care is essential to maintaining good health. That’s why the University offers dental and vision plans that cover routine check-ups and additional services for your health.
NEW in 2021 - Employees will have their choice of THREE dental plans through Cigna for dental coverage.These plans are designed to allow you to choose the balance that is right for you between payroll deductions and the cost of care when you need it. It is up to you to choose the plan that best matches the needs of you and your family. Please see the chart for an overview of coverage available in each plan option.
The Traditional Plan matches the current plan available and will continue with no changes in coverage or cost (including free individual coverage for eligible, full-time, regular employees).
We encourage you to use Cigna participating dentists; they will submit claims for you; they will not "balance bill" you; and annual maximum benefits will last longer due to discounted rates offered by network providers. You may still use non-participating dentists – your out-of-pocket costs, however, will likely be more. Also, you may cover your eligible dependents.
|Enhanced Plan||Traditional Plan (current)||Preventative Plan|
Year 1: $1,000
|Major Restorative||50%||50%||Not Covered|
|Coverage for Implants||YES||NO||NO|
*Annual maximum on the Traditional Plan (current option) will increase by $100 each year (to a maximum of $1,300) if you or your family members receive any preventive care service in the preceding year and remain enrolled in the plan.
Vision Benefits – EYEMED
Employees can elect vision coverage for themselves and their family. The cost of coverage is deducted on a before-tax basis. The Vision plan utilizes a network of retail and private practice optometrists; benefits are higher when network providers are utilized.
|CALENDAR YEAR BENEFIT||In Network||Out of Network|
Eye OR Contact Lenses
(Members may not receive contact lenses and eyeglasses in the same year)
No Charge for Lenses
$150 Allowance for Contacts
$50 Allowance (Single Vision)
$75 Allowance (Bifocal or Trifocal)
$100 Allowance (Lenticular)
$150 Allowance (Contacts)
|Frames||$150 Allowance||$90 Allowance|
These charts show how much you pay or are allowed for certain products and services. Keep in mind that if you see an out-of-network doctor who charges more than the "reasonable and customary" charge, you may be required to pay the extra amount.
LIFE & FINANCIAL BENEFITS | Providing Peace of Mind
Supplemental Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
In addition to the basic life insurance benefits offered to you through the University of Maine System, you may buy additional protection for yourself and your family. Note that some elections may require Evidence of Insurability. Supplemental (optional) life coverage and applicable premiums for you reduce upon attainment of age 65; however, premium increases resulting from reaching a higher age-based premium category do not increase until the following January 1. If both you and your spouse work at the University of Maine System, you both cannot elect coverage for your children (double-coverage). Premiums are deducted on an after-tax basis and benefits paid are not subject to taxation.
(Optional) Life Insurance for you
Additional 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 times your annual salary to a maximum (combined with Basic Life) of $1,000,000
3 times salary Guaranteed Issue when first eligible
Evidence of Insurability (EOI) required to increase by more than one multiple of your salary thereafter
Terminates upon attainment of age 70
(individual or family)
$10,000 increments to a maximum of $350,000 not to exceed 10 times your annual salary.
If you elect family coverage, your spouse’s / domestic partner’s coverage is 60% of your election and each child is 20% to a maximum of $50,000.
Spousal / Domestic
Partner Life Insurance
$10,000 increments up to $50,000 not to exceed 50% of your combined Basic and Supplemental amount.
EOI required to increase amount by more than one increment
Terminates upon attainment of age 70
|Child Life Insurance||$5,000 or $10,000 flat benefit; Covers children up to age 26|
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) - Not eligible if enrolling into the Choice Fund HSA Plan
FSAs work like a savings account - each pay period a before-tax payroll deduction is deposited to your Healthcare and/or Dependent Day Care FSA. Once enrolled, you will be issued a FSA Debit Card that can be used to make eligible purchases or payments. Or you may complete a claim form and provide detailed bills and receipts to get reimbursed. You must make a new election each year that you want to enroll in a FSA. Up to $500 of unused healthcare funds will be carried over to the next year. All remaining healthcare funds over $500 will be forfeited, and federal law requires you to use all of the money in the Daycare account each year, so plan carefully.
Medical, dental, and vision care expenses (copayments, deductibles, eyeglasses, and Over-the-Counter prescription medications)
$200 annual minimum
Dependent daycare, after-school programs, or elder care programs
$200 annual minimum
The goal of disability coverage is to protect your income in the event of an illness or injury that prevents you from working. Both short-term and long-term disability programs are insured by Liberty Mutual, which reviews and approves all claims.
Short Term Disability (not available to part-time faculty): Employees purchase coverage on an after-tax basis. Benefits commence after a 14 calendar day waiting period and replace 60% of your base salary, up to a maximum weekly benefit of $1,000. Benefits can last up to 26 weeks.
Long Term Disability: Provided by the University to eligible employees. Coverage provides 60% of base salary up to a maximum monthly benefit of $13,000 after a six-month waiting period.
The University embraces an active rehabilitation and back to work program, and partners with our employees to assist you during this period of time.
OTHER BENEFITS | Completing Your Benefits Program
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The University values our faculty and employees and recognizes that from time to time personal problems can affect our ability to perform at our jobs. The Cigna EAP helps employees and families cope with challenging times. Just visit www.cigna.com, login, navigate to Coverage then select the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
The EAP is a free, voluntary, and CONFIDENTIAL service that provides assessments, consulting, referrals, and other resources for addressing:
- Financial Concerns
- Emotional Concerns
- Legal Concerns
- Child and Eldercare Concerns
- Relationship Problems
- Alcohol and substance abuse concerns
- Stress, depression, and other work/life issues
- Workplace conflicts
UMS encourages the full participation of all of its members in its educational mission by offering a tuition waiver program for eligible employees and their dependents:
- Employees: Eligible full-time employees are allowed a maximum of two tuition-free courses per semester or summer session, not to exceed a total of eight credit hours. Eligible part-time employees are allowed a maximum of one tuition-free course per semester or summer session, not to exceed a total of four credit hours.
- Spouse, domestic partner, or dependent children: Eligible for a 50% tuition waiver provided the spouse, domestic partner, or dependent children are attending the University of Maine System as a full-time or part-time matriculated student.
Group Homeowners & Automobile Insurance Discounts
UMS provides special group discounts on MetLife automobile and homeowners’ insurance policies. Premiums may be automatically deducted from paychecks. Enroll any time by calling 1 800 GET MET8 (1-800-438-6388) or log on to www.metlife.com/mybenefits.
Paid Time Off
UMS offers employees various types of paid time off programs including disability (sick) leave, holidays, and other types of leave. Please refer to University Policy and Collective Bargaining Agreements for details.
Domestic Partner Coverage
If you enroll an eligible unmarried Domestic Partner (or children of a Domestic Partner) who is not your tax-qualified dependent under IRS Code Section 152, federal regulations require that you are taxed on the value of the group medical coverage as though you received it as income. All unmarried Domestic Partner contributions must be deducted on an after-tax basis. Due to the imputed income, it could cost approximately $300 to $400 per month depending on health plan election and coverage level.
UMS Employee Benefits Center - The UMS Employee Benefits Center is your centralized, one-stop resource for benefits information and enrollment. Prompt, knowledgeable assistance is available 8am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.
|UMS Employee Benefits Center|
MyUMS Employee Portal - Detailed information about benefits, eligibility, costs and enrollment is available to employees on the MyUMS Portal (myums.maine.edu). Log in using your MaineStreet user ID and password. To navigate to the UMS portal from a University portal, click the My Sites dropdown and click UMS. For benefits information, select Human Resources > Employee Information > Benefits.
MaineStreet Employee Self-Service: https://mainestreet.maine.edu - MaineStreet provides a two-way communication between UMS and employees. If you need help with your MaineStreet User ID and password, call the IT User Services Help Line, 1-800-696-4357.
|Health Savings Account||Cigna||mycigna.com||1-800-401-4041|
|UMS Wellness Program||Cigna||mycigna.com||1-800-244-6224|
|Wellness Health Coaching||TrestleTree||N/A||1-855-580-2797|
|Life and AD&D Insurance||Lincoln Financial||N/A||1-888-787-2129|
|Short-Term Disability||Lincoln Financial||www.mylincolnportal.com||1-800-713-7384|
|Long-Term Disability||Lincoln Financial||www.mylincolnportal.com||1-800-713-7384|
|Flexible Spending Accounts||EBPA||www.ebpa.com||1-888-678-3457|
|Employee Assistance Plan||Cigna||mycigna.com||1-877-622-4327|
|Homeowners & Auto Insurance||MetLife||www.metlife.com/mybenefits||1 800 GET MET8|
Unum Supplemental Insurance
ABOUT THIS GUIDE
This guide summarizes the benefit plans available to employees of the University of Maine System. This guide is meant only to cover the major points of each plan. It does not contain all of the details that are included in your Summary Plan Description (SPD) that are issued by the plan administrators/insurers after you enroll. If there is a conflict between the information in this guide and the formal language of the Plan documents, the formal Plan documents will govern. The benefits described in this guide may be changed at any time and do not represent a contractual obligation on the part of the University of Maine System.