Eligibility — Vision

  • Eligible Employees
  • Non-Eligible Employees
  • Eligible Dependents
  • Domestic Partner Eligibility
  • Eligible Employees

    To be eligible for vision coverage:

    • An employee must be appointed at least half-time (equivalent to 7.5 Weighted Teaching Units for academic year appointments) for more than six months

    • If employed in an R03 Lecturer or Coach Academic Year position, employee must be appointed for at least six (6) weighted teaching units for at least one semester, or two or more consecutive quarter terms.

    • Qualifying appointments may be either permanent or temporary

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    Non-Eligible Employees

    Employees excluded from medical benefits include:

    • Intermittent employees

    • Student assistants

    • Graduate assistants

    • Faculty employed solely to teach summer session, extension, or intersession

    • Any employee paid from funds not controlled by the California State University or from revolving or similar funds from which a regular California State University premium payment cannot be made.

    Once an employee has acquired eligibility and has enrolled in a plan, he/she may continue enrollment during subsequent continuous appointments of at least half-time regardless of the duration of the new appointment.

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    Eligible Dependents

    Eligible dependents of an eligible employee include:

    • Spouse (unless legally separated or divorced)

    • Domestic partner (registered through the Secretary of State process), and

    • Unmarried dependent children from fourteen (14) days from birth to the end of the month in which the child reaches twenty-three (23). A dependent child includes a stepchild, a natural child recognized by the father, or a child living with the employee in a parent-child relationship who is economically dependent upon the employee. A child ceases to be an eligible dependent upon marriage.

    Dependents become eligible coincident with the Eligible Employee or upon attainment of dependent status. Newborn infants are eligible for vision on the fourteenth (14th) day after birth. Adopted children are eligible from and after the moment the child is placed in the physical custody of the Eligible Employee for adoption.

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    Domestic Partners

    State law allows, under specific conditions, for persons in the State of California to register non-marital relationships with the Secretary of State. Having obtained registration of the relationship, the law allows the registered individuals to obtain health benefits under the standard eligibility rules of the Public Employees' Medical and Hospital Care Act (PEMHCA). The California State University (CSU) elected to adopt the provisions of this law offering health care coverage (medical, dental and vision) for domestic partners of CSU employees and annuitants subject to the Secretary of State approval process and the CalPERS' acceptance process.

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    Vision Eligibility


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    Last Updated: September 10, 2002

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