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Insurance While on Leave of Absence

For faculty leave requests, please contact the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost at 512-471-4363 for policy information and forms.

What Are My Insurance Options While on Leave of Absence Without Pay?

If you will be on leave for less than one calendar month, please disregard this information as your insurance premiums will continue to be deducted from your monthly paycheck.

If you will be on leave of absence without pay (LWOP) for an entire calendar month or longer, you will receive a communication from HR that will include a form regarding the following options for insurance coverage:

You will make your selection on the form and return to the HR Service Center (HRSC) as soon as possible.

You can view your current coverage on the Review My Insurance Benefits webpage

During an unpaid leave of absence (LWOP), the following applies:

*If your leave has been approved under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), then you will receive premium sharing for the duration of your FMLA status.


If you participate in UTFlex Medical Expense Reimbursement Account (MERA):


If you participate in UTFlex Daycare Reimbursement Account (DCRA):

Change of Status Event:

If you experience a Change of Status event while on LWOP that impacts your insurance coverage, you have 31 days from the date of the event to submit required forms and documentation to the HRSC. You can find more information about Change of Status and instructions online.

Returning from LWOP:

All employees who return to work in a benefit eligible position must submit insurance forms to the HRSC within 31 days of returning to work to re-enroll or change your insurance and/or UTFlex coverage.  

If you do not submit forms within 31 days of your return to work in a benefits eligible position, your next opportunity to add or make changes to coverage will be the next Annual Enrollment period. Evidence of Insurability (EOI) may be required at that time.