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Benefits

Privacy & Enrollment Notices

What You Need to Know: 

You have rights when it comes to privacy, health enrollment, and more. Read about COBRA, HIPAA, and other special enrollment rights.

Privacy Notice (COBRA and HIPPA rights)

Know your rights and responsibilities under COBRA and HIPAA.  Within 90 days after you enroll in University benefits, notices explaining your rights and responsibilities under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1996 (COBRA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) will be mailed to your home. COBRA allows you and/or your dependents to continue certain benefits at your own expense if you and/or your dependent(s) become ineligible for these benefits due to termination or change in appointment or dependent status (for more information on current COBRA benefit rates, click here). HIPAA provides, among other things, restrictions on the way your personal health information is collected, used and disclosed. The related notice mailed to your home will describe the University's compliance with HIPAA's privacy protections or click here to view the notice. We encourage you to carefully review both notices.

Special Enrollment Rights

If you are declining enrollment for yourself or your dependents (including your spouse) in the University of Kentucky health plan because of other health insurance or group health plan coverage, you may be able to later enroll yourself and your dependents in this plan if you or your dependents lose eligibility for that other coverage (or if the employer stops contributing towards your or your dependents' other coverage).

However, you must request enrollment within 30 days after your or your dependents' other coverage ends (or after the employer that sponsors that coverage stops contributing toward the coverage).

In addition, if you have a new dependent as a result of marriage, birth, adoption, or placement for adoption, you may be able to enroll yourself and your dependents. However, you must request enrollment within 30 days after the marriage, birth, adoption, or placement for adoption.

To request special enrollment or obtain more information, contact:

University of Kentucky
Employee Benefits Department
112 Scovell Hall
Lexington, KY 40506-0064
(859) 257-9519 and press option "3"