Work for the state, a higher education institution, a public school district or a participating local subdivision, and
Receives compensation from the state, a higher education institution, a public school district or a participating local subdivision.
Eligible employees also include clerical and administrative employees of the S.C. General Assembly; judges in the state courts; and General Assembly members. Permanent part-time teachers, working between 15 and 30 hours a week, qualify for state health, vision and dental insurance. However, teachers working between 15 and 30 hours each week are not eligible for other PEBA benefits, such as life and disability insurance.
Elected members of participating county and city councils whose members are eligible to participate in one of the retirement systems PEBA administers are considered full-time employees. Generally, members of other governing boards are not eligible for coverage. If you work for more than one participating group, contact your benefits administrator for more information.
Types of employees
Employees fall into these categories:
New full-time employees, who are expected by the employer to work at least 30 hours a week. They are eligible for coverage within 30 days of their hire date.
New variable-hour, part-time or seasonal employees, whom the employer does not expect to average 30 hours a week during the first 12 months they are employed. Because their employer cannot determine their eligibility, they may not enroll in benefits immediately. Their employer must measure their hours to determine whether these employees work an average of 30 hours a week during the 12 months beginning the first of the month after the employee is hired. If the employee works an average of 30 hours a week during this period, the employee is eligible for coverage during the 12-month period that follows.
Ongoing employees who have worked for their employer from October 4, 2016 - October 3, 2017, a period in which their employer measured their work hours. If the ongoing employee worked an average of 30 hours a week during this 12-month period, the employee is eligible for coverage during 2018, even if the employee’s hours decrease during 2018. If an ongoing employee worked an average of less than 30 hours a week during this period, he is not eligible for coverage during 2018, unless the employee gains coverage through some other provision of the Plan.
Benefits in which eligible employees may enroll:
State Health Plan Savings Plan and Health Savings Account
State Health Plan Standard Plan
TRICARE Supplement Plan for eligible members of the military community
State Dental Plan and Dental Plus
State Vision Plan
Basic, optional and dependent life insurance
Basic and supplemental long term disability insurance
Dependent Care Spending Account
Medical Spending Account or a Limited-use Medical Spending Account
Premiums may be paid through the Pretax Group Insurance Premium feature. Learn more about the feature on the MoneyPlus page.
If you have questions about how your eligibility for benefits is affected by the Affordable Care Act, contact your benefits administrator. For information about options for permanent, non-permanent, seasonal and variable-hour employees who lose coverage, view the General Information chapter of the Insurance Benefits Guide.