Before you enroll in benefits, review your options so you’re prepared to make smart choices.
Here are important actions you must take during enrollment:
- Review and enroll in your health benefit enrollment options within 30 days of your hire date.
- Review and enroll in a required USG Retirement Plan within 60 days of your hire date. (Exempt or Paid Monthly only).
- If you choose to enroll in a healthcare plan, you will need to certify whether you or your covered dependents (age 18+) are tobacco users.
As an active benefit-eligible employee, working 30+ hours per week, you can also cover your eligible dependents in the following USG plans - Healthcare, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D. Eligible dependents include:
Disabled children with proof of disability
Documentation is required to add dependents to your coverage as proof of your relationship and you child’s age. Examples include, but no limited to, copies of your marriage certificate, birth certificate, disabled child document, and income tax returns.
If both you and your spouse are benefits eligible USG employees, only one may elect to cover the other spouse and/or dependent children. Also, you and your spouse are not eligible for spouse life insurance coverage.
Benefits Begin Date
Healthcare Benefits will begin on the first day of the month if you are hired on the first day of the month (e.g., Jan. 1 or Sept. 1). If you are hired on any day other than the first day of the month, your benefits will begin the first of the following month (e.g., Jan. 2 or Sept. 13).
Tobacco Use Status
You must certify your and your dependents’ (age 18 and older) Tobacco Use Status if you choose healthcare coverage.
Please be advised that when you certify your Tobacco Use Status, you are attesting that the information is true and correct to the best of your knowledge. USG expects employees to uphold the highest standards of intellectual honesty and integrity in compliance with the USG Ethics policy, and therefore, you should respond honestly in regards to your Tobacco Use Status. If you knowingly and willfully make a false or fraudulent statement to the University System of Georgia regarding your insurance coverage, including your status as a tobacco user, you may be subject to criminal prosecution. Under state law (at O.C.G.A Section 16-10-20), if you are convicted, you shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years, or both.
Coaching is provided by your healthcare plan and additional resources listed below.
- Kaiser: 1-866-862-4295
- CVS Minute Clinic: 1-866-389-2727
- Georgia Tobacco Quit For Life: 1-877-270-7867
As a new hire or newly eligible tobacco user who intends to quit and/or have enrolled and will complete a tobacco cessation program within your first 3 months of eligibility, you must complete the online USG Tobacco Use Form and submit a Certification of Completion of the cessation program as proof.
Once USG receives the two documents, the $75 monthly surcharge will not be added to your monthly premiums.
The online USG Tobacco Use form and FAQ are located at: https://www.usg.edu/well-being/site/topic/category/tobacco_smoke_free
If you have questions about the online USG Tobacco Use form, or need assistance please contact us at USG-TobaccoFree@usg.edu.
Enroll through the OneUSG Connect - Benefits website
- Visit oneusgconnect.usg.edu
- On the right side of the page, look for Manage My Benefits, then click the appropriate button.