All of us in Human Resources are committed to providing Rice University faculty and staff with comprehensive information regarding benefits and other university services. Rice University offers a wide range of health and welfare benefits and several retirement options. These benefits are an important part of your total compensation package. We encourage you to review all of the information available to you via this website so that you can determine how to best apply these benefits to your personal situation. The benefits specialists in Human Resources will help you enroll in the benefit programs, answer questions and provide detailed information about all of our benefits. Please contact the Benefits Team at 713-348-BENE (2363) if you have additional questions or concerns.
Enrolling in Benefits
Rice provides an enrollment period each year during which employees can add, drop, or change coverage. This generally happens in April for changes effective July 1. If you are a new employee, you have 30 days from your hire date (or your benefits eligibility date, whichever is later) to enroll in benefits. If you miss the enrollment windows, you cannot enroll in most of the benefits until the next open enrollment period (unless you have a qualifying change in status).
Current Benefit Plans
Review the 2016-2017 Benefits Booklet for a complete explanation of the plans available to benefit eligibility employees. SBCs (Summary of Benefit Coverage) for FY 2017 are available now: HMO, POS, ACO, CDHP. You can also review the Active Employee Rates, Retiree Rates, or COBRA Rates – note that the active rates are based on a 12-month salary, so if you are paid over nine months, your monthly deductions will be slightly more per month (but your coverage is still intact in the summer months). Rice’s health and welfare plan year (and fiscal year) is July 1 – June 30, so benefits open enrollment changes and new rates are effective July 1 of each year.
Health Care Reform
Click here to view the latest health and welfare Summary Annual Report.