Human Resources - Benefits

 

Adjunct Group Benefits Program (AGBP)

Please read the memo dated July 30, 2014 regarding the AGBP that contains important benefits information for Adjuncts.

No action is required on your part now. If you qualify for benefits, you will receive a letter in late August and will be invited to register for an enrollment session.

This page will be updated in mid-August with information about Enrollment Session dates and times for Adjuncts that receive notification of eligibility.

Qualification

Due to legislative changes that occurred during the 83rd Legislature, Adjunct faculty who meet the specific criteria outlined in the Texas Insurance Code, section 1551.1021 can elect to participate in the State’s Group Benefits Plan.

For questions about qualification, please contact Bobetta Burns, HR Records Manager, at 512-223-7571 or bburns@austincc.edu or Susan Corbett, HR Benefits Manager, at 512-223-7617 or ssmith@austincc.edu.

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Texas Insurance Code, Section 1551.1021

Sec. 1551.1021. PARTICIPATION ELIGIBILITY: CERTAIN FACULTY OF INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION. (a) An adjunct faculty member at a public institution of higher education is eligible to participate in the group benefits program as an employee if the faculty member:

 

(1) receives compensation for services rendered to a public institution of higher education as an adjunct faculty member;

 

(2) was employed as a faculty member by the same public institution of higher education and taught at least one course in the regular fall and spring semester at the public institution of higher education in the preceding academic year; and

 

(3) is under contract or is scheduled to teach at least 12 semester credit hours in the academic year of coverage or, if the person is also employed by the public institution of higher education to perform nonteaching duties, is under contract or is scheduled to teach at least six semester credit hours in the academic year of coverage and has been approved by the public institution of higher education to participate in the group benefits program.

 

(a-1) Notwithstanding Subsection (a)(3), an adjunct faculty member at a public institution of higher education who is a professional librarian is eligible to participate in the group benefits program as an employee if the faculty member receives compensation for services rendered to a public institution of higher education as an adjunct faculty member.

 

(b) From money appropriated from a fund other than the general revenue fund or from money available from local sources, a public institution of higher education may, for an adjunct faculty member eligible to receive benefits under this section, contribute:

 

(1) not more than 50 percent of the cost of basic coverage for the employee; and

 

(2) not more than 25 percent of the cost of dependent coverage.

 

(c) Subsection (b) does not prohibit a public institution of higher education from contributing, from money other than money appropriated from the general revenue fund, amounts that exceed the amount specified in Subsection (b) to provide coverage for a person employed by a public institution of higher education who meets the criteria for eligibility under Subsection (a).

 

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 366, Sec. 4.04, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

 

Amended by:

 

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 343 (H.B. 2127), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.

 

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