Support Staff Policies & Procedures

Support Staff Dental Coverage Policy

(Revised 1/16)


The University provides access to dental coverage for eligible employees.

Eligibility: Regular full-time and part-time (50-89.9%) faculty, academic staff and University support staff with appointments of nine months or more.

Effective Date
Faculty, Academic Staff and Executive Management: 
Coverage is immediately available upon hire, provided enrollment occurs within 30 days of employment. If enrollment occurs within the first 30 days of employment, coverage will be retroactive to the date of hire. 
Support Staff: 
Coverage will become effective the first day of the month following date of hire, provided enrollment occurs within 30 days of employment.

Summary of Benefits:

Premium contribution: The University contributes the following percentages towards dental coverage:

The employee's partial premium (if any) will automatically be payroll deducted for eligible part-time employees. Official retirees and employees not receiving a payroll check will be billed. Retirees and LTD recipients may continue participation based on their employee group and status during their active employment (VARIES: Employees on a Family Medical Leave [FMLA] will continue to receive the University premium contribution - see Policy and Procedure for Family Medical Leave Act [FMLA]).

Termination date of benefit:

COBRA continuation of coverage: In accordance with the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA), group dental coverage for eligible employees and their dependents may be continued in the following situations:

COBRA coverage must be elected in writing to MSU Human Resources by the eligible employee or dependent within 60 days of the qualifying event.

Conversion of coverage: No conversion possible.


Application for enrollment: 

Changes in coverage or personal information: 

Processing claims:

Premium payment (part-time employees on unpaid leave of absence, COBRA participants, and some retirees):

MSU Human Resources: Sends premium notice to individual's home address for payment of premiums due.

Refer questions to: MSU Human Resources (telephone 517-353-4434 or email


Revision history:

8/12/16 - Updated EBS Portal references.

1/14/2016 - Updated enrollment period for new hires from 60 days to 30 days.

7/1/2015 - verbiage change for dental termination of coverage

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