UHS offers benefits to employees that include both healthcare and income protection.
What is the philosophy behind the benefits offered by UHS?
The UHS benefits program supports our commitment to Service Excellence by offering flexible, competitive and comprehensive programs. By competitive, we mean that our benefits compare well within our industry and market place. By flexible, we mean that you can select benefits that are right for you at any stage in your life. By comprehensive, we mean that the benefits program offers access to providers, affordability and a variety of coverage. We are also committed to providing you with quality service and with information and tools to make well-informed benefits decisions.
Who is Eligible for UHS Benefits?
You are eligible for benefits if you are a UHS employee who is regularly scheduled to work at least thirty-two (32) hours a week and are not a member of a collective bargaining group unless the agreement includes eligibility for these benefits. Benefits for part-time employees may vary by UHS location.
When Do Benefits Become Effective?
Benefits become effective thirty (30) days after your date of hire.
What Does Coverage Cost?
UHS pays a substantial portion of the cost of benefits by contributing to medical, dental and income protection benefits such as life insurance. Generally, the higher the benefit level, the higher the cost. You also have the option to decline certain benefits.
Certain contributions, if any, are paid with pre-tax deductions from your paycheck before federal, Social Security, and most state taxes are withheld. This helps lower your taxable income and your cost for coverage. Four insurance coverage options- supplemental life, dependent life, short-term disability and long-term disability are paid with post-tax contributions.
What Are My Benefits Choices?
Medical. UHS offers a choice of plan options that cover the same supplies and services but have different deductibles, copayments and out-of-pocket maximums. Each plan covers:
Preferred provider organization feature
Surgical and professional fees
Diagnostic x-ray and lab
Preventive care benefits
Dental. UHS offers two dental plans through Delta Dental of PA; that differ in deductibles, copayments and annual maximum allowances. The two plans cover: (1) preventive care such as oral exams, (2) basic services like fillings, (3) major services such as crowns and (4) orthodontic services.
Vision. UHS offers a vision plan. After a deductible, the plan will pay 100% for the following services if you use a participating doctor: (1) vision exam, (2) clear lenses, (3) frames. The plan will also pay benefits for medically required or cosmetic contact lenses. Benefits are also available if you use a non-member doctor and reimbursement is based on a fee schedule.
Life Insurance. UHS provides all benefit-eligible employees with basic life insurance of one times your annual base pay, plus options of supplemental life insurance coverage that insures the employee's life up to seven times your annual base pay (to a maximum of $1,000,000).
Accidental Death and Dismemberment. Coverage for an amount equal to your annual base pay is automatic. The benefit is paid to your beneficiary if you die from accidental injury. A schedule of benefits applies in the case of severe injury. There is also a comprehensive worldwide emergency assistance service at no additional cost.
Personal Accident Insurance (PAI). UHS offers $25,000 to $300,000 of accident insurance, up to a maximum of 10 times your pay, for yourself and your family. If you purchase coverage for your spouse and children, they will be covered for a percentage of your coverage.
Dependent Life Insurance. UHS benefits provide five options: from $10,000/$2,000 up to $250,000/$15,000 of coverage for your spouse and/or children.
Short-Term Disability (STD). Coverage provides financial protection if you become ill or injured and unable to work starting on your eighth day of disability and continuing for up to twelve (12) or twenty-five (25) weeks depending on the plan you choose. The benefit pays 60% of your base pay - up to $1,000 per week - offset by any other income you receive, including company paid time off (PTO) benefits and long-term disability coverage.
Long-Term Disability (LTD). Coverage provides financial protection if you become ill or injured and are unable to work for an extended period of time. This benefit pays up to 60% of your monthly base pay.
UHS benefits provides two plans from which to choose. The difference between the plans is the waiting period, the time you are required to wait before your disability payments begin. Your choices are ninety (90) days or one hundred and eighty (180) days.
UHS Retirement Savings Plan. You may join the UHS Retirement Savings Plan, which is a qualified 401(k) plan, and defer one percent (1%) to twenty-five percent (25%) of your pay on a pre-tax basis to save for your retirement. UHS also matches a portion of your savings. You may join the plan after your first thirty (30) days of employment if you are at least twenty-one (21) years of age and are regularly scheduled to work at least twenty (20) hours per week. The plan is designed to offer flexibility and diversification in your investment choices. Accounts are valued daily and are designed to allow you to choose from a multitude of investment options.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan. The UHS Employee Stock Purchase Plan offers employees the chance to purchase company common stock at a ten percent (10%) discount, giving you the opportunity to share in the success of UHS. You may join the plan after your first thirty (30) days of employment if you:
Are not a member of a collective bargaining group
Have attained the age of majority in your state of residence
Are regularly scheduled to work at least twenty (20) hours per week.
You may invest up to one-thousand ($1,000) per month through convenient payroll deductions.
Flexible Spending Accounts. FSAs allow you to set aside your own pre-tax dollars to cover qualified expenses that you would normally pay with post-tax dollars. You may set aside up to three thousand ($2,500) per year in a Healthcare FSA to pay for eligible expenses for yourself or dependents. These expenses could be medical, dental and vision expenses not covered by your benefit plans. You may also set aside up to five thousand ($5,000) per year in a Dependent Care FSA to pay for eligible day care or dependent care expenses for children or adults.
Paid Time Off (PTO) PTO is available to benefit-eligible employees.
The PTO policy combines vacation and sick time accruals into one program. PTO hours can be used for religious observances and other elective holidays.
Note: This information summarizes the UHS Benefits Program, the Retirement Savings Plan, and the Employee Stock Purchase Plan. It is neither a contract nor a promise of employment. The information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of UHS. More detailed benefits information is provided in the UHS Benefits Handbook, Summary Plan Descriptions and plan documents available in your Human Resource Department. If there are inconsistencies between this online summary and the official plan documents and insurance contracts, the documents and contracts shall govern.