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Insurance Options while on Leave of Absence without Pay (LWOP)

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 communication from HR explaining your insurance options for the duration of your leave.

Insurance tips while on LWOP:

Faculty Employees: Please contact the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost at (512) 471-4363 for additional guidelines that pertain to your leave status.

Premium Billing while on LWOP

If you elect to maintain insurance while on LWOP, bills are generated through the What I Owe website.  Payment for each month is due by the first of the month. The preferred method of payment is to use the What I Owe online payment system.  Payment may also be made by check or money order payable to The University of Texas at Austin. Please include your UT EID on the check or money order. Failure to pay by the first of the month may result in cancellation of insurance coverage.

*Once a bill has appeared in the What I Owe page, you may pay it in the following ways*

What I Owe

Credit Card

Check or Money Order

Contact Information

For billing or payment questions, contact Payroll Services at 512-471-5271 or go to the Payroll Services website. Lobby hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Important Reminders for Benefits during LWOP

UT Flex Medical Reimbursement Account during LWOP

Your contributions will stop as of the last day of the month in which your monthly contribution was made. Contributions will resume the date you return to active work status.

UT Flex Dependent Care Reimbursement Account during LWOP

You are not eligible to continue the UT Flex Dependent Care while on LWOP. Your payroll contributions to this account will resume once you return to work in a benefit eligible position.

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. Please visit the Change of Status Events webpage for more information.     

How to reinstate benefits following 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 UT Flex Medical 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.