Academic Support (Unit 4)
as	an	employee	of	the	California	State	university	(CSu),	you	have	a	comprehensive
program	of	benefits	available	to	you	and,	in	many	instances,	your	family.	this
brochure	provides	an	overview	of	the	benefits	generally	available	to	you	as	an
academic	Support	(unit	4)	employee.	Please	contact	the	benefits	Representative
at	your	campus	for	more	information	about	your	benefits.	benefit	program	details
are	contained	in	the	official	plan	documents.
You have medical, dental and vision plans from which to choose
coverage. You may cover yourself and your eligible spouse or domestic
partner and children. You are eligible to enroll in coverage if you are
appointed at least half-time and for more than six months. If you enroll
on a timely basis, coverage begins on the first of the month after your
date of hire. You also may enroll during any annual open enrollment
mEdiCal	bEnEFitS You have a choice of several Health Mainte-
nance Organizations (HMOs), depending on location, or Preferred Plan
Provider (PPO) insurance plans through the California Public Employees’
Retirement System (CalPERS). You and the CSU share the cost of cover-
age, with the CSU paying the greater portion of the monthly premium.
You may pay your portion of the cost on a pre-tax basis through the Tax
Advantage Premium Plan (TAPP).
dEntal	bEnEFitS You may choose between two dental plans: a
traditional indemnity (fee-for-service) plan allowing you to see almost
any dental provider, or a “dental HMO” plan offering a network of
dentists from which to choose. Currently, the CSU pays the full dental
premium for you and your eligible dependents.
viSion	bEnEFitS Vision coverage includes an annual eye exam, and
glasses or contact lenses every other year. Currently, the CSU pays the
full vision premium for you and your eligible dependents.
CobRa	bEnEFitS If you lose your eligibility for medical, dental, and
vision benefits under specified circumstances (for example, you le