Harvard offers disability benefits and life insurance to help you take care of yourself and provide for your family in the case of loss of income.
- Some programs are provided at no cost, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria, while others are optional, with costs based your age and/or the amount of your coverage.
- In addition, most employees are covered by workers’ compensation during their employment for work-related incidents causing injury or illness.
Important: Change to Harvard's Disability Insurance Carrier
Effective June 1, 2017, Harvard's carrier for both Short Term Disability (STD) and optional Group Long Term Disability (LTD) will change to Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston ("Liberty Mutual").
If you are active and currently enrolled in Harvard's Group LTD Plan, you do not need to take any action – your coverage will automatically transition to Liberty Mutual. LTD Plan benefits are not changing, but premiums will be slightly lower beginning June 1, 2017.
If you are currently receiving LTD benefits, or if you are on STD and transition to LTD without returning to work, your claim and benefits will continue to be handled through The Standard.
Special Enrollment Opportunity for Faculty and Staff Not Enrolled in LTD
If you are not currently enrolled in Harvard's Group LTD Plan, Liberty Mutual is offering a one-time special enrollment period from April 24-May 5, 2017 to enroll in this coverage without evidence of insurability. Coverage would be effective June 1, 2017.
Information about this special enrollment opportunity was been mailed to homes of eligible faculty and staff (April 7th), including:
To take advantage of the special enrollment, please complete and return the enrollment form to Harvard Benefits by May 5, 2017. Learn more about coverage costs and benefits. To learn more about LTD, including the complete definition of pre-existing conditions, please read the LTD Certificate.
Short Term Disability (STD)
Harvard provides eligible employees with STD benefits of up to 26 weeks in a 52-consecutive week period due to injury or illness. You do not need to enroll and there is no cost to you. Please refer to our STD Overview for more information.
Long-Term Disability (LTD)
LTD helps you replace your salary and protect your financial security if you are unable to work due to injury or illness for more than 180 calendar days. You must enroll in this benefit to be eligible to receive coverage. Please refer to our LTD Overview for more information.
Harvard provides eligible employees with free group term Basic Life Insurance coverage equal to one-half their annual base salary. You do not need to enroll in this coverage.
You may purchase additional optional group term Supplemental Life Insurance coverage for greater coverage, and can elect from one to five times your salary (rounded to the nearest $1,000), up to a maximum of $1.25 million. You may enroll at any time with evidence of good health. If you enroll within 30 days of becoming eligible or marriage, you do not need to provide evidence of good health.
If you enroll in Supplemental Life Insurance, you and your spouse/domestic partner can access free will preparation and estate resolution/probate services. Call 800-821-6400; use group number 109929. (Provided through Hyatt Legal Plans)
For more information on life insurance, please review the Health & Welfare Summary Plan Description (SPD).
Harvard provides free Business Travel coverage if you die or are seriously injured or disabled as the result of an accident that occurs while you’re traveling on University business.
Long Term Care (LTC) Insurance
LTC insurance helps you and your family members pay for nursing or at-home care in case of chronic illness or physical or cognitive disability. Harvard provides access to group LTC insurance through Genworth Life Insurance Company. Other family members may also be eligible to apply for LTC. Please visit Genworth Life Insurance for full details (use Group ID: Harvard; Code: groupltc).
This state-mandated program provides temporary income in the event you experience a work-related injury or illness that prevents you from performing your job. No enrollment is necessary for this coverage. The third-party administrator is PMA Companies. Please refer to our Workers’ Compensation Overview for more information.