UCSF offers several rich benefits packages. What package you are initially eligible for depends on your job, how often you're working, and for how long. If you are unsure of your benefits eligibility, please refer to your offer letter.
Eligibility for staff & faculty benefits packages
Please visit the "Full Benefits" section on the UCnet benefits eligibility page for eligibility information on the full benefits package.
Please visit the "Mid-Level" section on the UCnet benefits eligibility page for eligibility information on the mid-level benefits package.
Please visit the "Core Benefits" section on the UCnet benefits eligibility page for eligibility information on the core benefits package.
Eligibility for residents & fellows benefits package
Active residents or clinical fellows working at least 20 hours a week can enroll in the UC resident medical, dental, vision, life and disability plans.
Eligibility for postdoctoral scholars benefits package
Visit the Office of Postdoctoral Scholars benefits plan page for more information on eligibility.
Continuing benefits eligiblity - for staff & faculty
Separate from initial benefits eligibility, regulations of the Affordable Care Act impact the way UC determines ongoing eligibility for health benefits. UC’s ongoing eligibility rules require that you work a certain minimum number of hours* to maintain your benefits eligibility.
*This is defined as all hours on pay status (including hours on call, hours on paid vacation, paid holiday, paid sick leave, paid sabbatical, paid jury duty, or any other paid leave), as well as hours on unpaid leave protected by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, unpaid jury duty, and unpaid leave protected by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
UC will determine your ongoing eligibility based on your average hours of service over a specific 12-month standard measurement period (SMP). UC’s SMP for monthly paid employees is Nov. 1 through Oct. 31. For biweekly paid employees, the SMP includes the pay periods that cover that same time frame.
The required average hours of service threshold for the SMP is as follows:
Appointment type | Average hours threshold
Career, Academic, Limited, Partial-Year, Career, Contract, Floater | 17.5 hours per week
Per Diem, Casual/Restricted (students), By Agreement or other flat-dollar payments, Seasonal | 30 hours per week
If your hours during the SMP meet the threshold to be offered coverage, then you will be offered coverage for the subsequent 'stability period.' UC’s standard stability period for all employees is Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. Any percent reductions to your appointment/hours during the stability period will not impact your eligibility for the entire stability period. If you transfer from one type of appointment to another during the stability period, your benefit eligibility may be impacted.
If your hours during the SMP do not meet the threshold, then all coverage ends on Dec. 31. You will then be offered the opportunity to continue coverage for yourself and your enrolled family members through COBRA.
For further questions on continuing benefits eligibility, please contact your local UCSF Benefits Office.