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New Faculty Benefits Guide

The Faculty Benefits Guide 2019-2020 for new faculty is now available in .pdf format.  Use the bookmarks to navigate the guide.

Make Sure Your Health Plan Address Is Up to Date for Important Tax Information!

In January 2016, the state employee health benefits program will issue IRS form 1095-C to eligible participants as proof that coverage was offered or provided in 2015. This form is filed with your 2015 tax return to prove that you had coverage and/or that coverage was available to you during 2015 in accordance with the Affordable Care Act.  […]

Open Enrollment for Health Coverage and Flexible Spending Accounts: May 1 – May 22, 2015

Open enrollment for faculty and classified staff eligible for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s health benefits and flexible spending account programs will take place from May 1st through May 22nd, 2015. For information about available plans and programs, and instructions for making elections, visit  

Health Plan Premium Rewards for July, 2015 – June, 2016

Employees, non-Medicare retirees, and/or their enrolled spouses who participate in COVA Care (Anthem) or COVA HealthAware (Aetna) health plans can qualify for Premium Rewards that reduce the cost of premiums.  The Premium Reward amount is $17 per month for each participating employee, retiree, or enrolled spouse. Premium Rewards for the upcoming plan year starting July 1, 2015 […]

Identity and Credit Protection Services for Anthem COVA Care and COVA HDHP Participants

State employee health plan participants should have received an email from the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management on Friday, February 13th regarding the Anthem security breach and identity protection services. Anthem has contracted with AllClear ID, a leading and trusted identity protection provider, to offer 24 months of identity theft repair and credit monitoring services to […]

Where Do I Find My Health Plan Member Handbook?

Copies of member handbooks for the following state employee health plans are available online at COVA Care (Anthem) COVA HealthAware (Aetna) COVA High Deductible Health Plan (Anthem) To request a printed copy, contact VCU Benefits at 827-1723 or

Phishing Scams Related to Anthem Security Breach

For COVA Care and COVA HDHP participants: Important information about the cyberattack against Anthem is posted at Beware of phishing scams from parties attempting to take advantage of the security breach. Anthem will not contact affected members by email or telephone, only by U.S. postal mail.  Do not click on any links in emails […]

Anthem Security Breach

COVA Care and COVA HDHP participants seeking information about the cyberattack against Anthem can visit for information about the investigation. Anthem’s phone number for participant questions is 1-877-263-7995. See also the letter to employees from the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (which operates the state employee health plan) posted at For updates keep an eye […]

Benefits Impact of Same-Sex Marriage Recognition in the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth of Virginia’s benefits programs for state employees were written with the stipulation that in order for spouses to be eligible the marriages must be recognized as legal in the Commonwealth.  The Commonwealth of Virginia began recognizing same-sex marriages on October 6, 2014.  From that date forward, the eligibility for spouse benefits in the […]

New State Employee Health Coverage Eligibility for Part-Time Faculty and Classified Staff

The Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM), which administers the state health benefits program, announced yesterday that, beginning June 25, 2014, part-time salaried faculty and classified staff who work 30 hours or more per week will be considered full-time for the purpose of health benefits and, thereby, eligible for the employer contribution to health […]

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