Information for Research Hourly and other Temporary Hourly Faculty
What Coverage may I qualify for?
Starting January 1, 2015, in order to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Mines will offer research hourly and temporary hourly faculty and their qualified dependents
meeting certain criteria the opportunity to enrol in employer-sponsored medical and dental
insurance through Mines.
How do I qualify?
• We will use a method called the Look-Back Method in which we average your hours
worked over the course of a one year measurement period. If your hours worked
average 30 or more hours per week, you will qualify for benefits. Mines standard
measurement period will start on January 1st of each year and run until December 31st
of that year.
• If you had an active job assignment with us on January 1, 2015, we will average your
hours over the course of the standard measurement period starting January 1, 2015. If
your job assignment started after January 1, 2015, we will average your hours over the
period of one year starting on the date of your assignment. This is referred to as an
initial measurement period. If you remain employed with us you will be transitioned to
the next standard measurement period starting January 1, 2018
• If you have a break in service of more than 26 weeks during your measurement period
you wil be considered a new employee for the purposes of benefits determination and
you will start a new initial measurement period.
What coverage is offered?
• Mines currently offers four different medical plans and two different dental plans.
Detailed information on plans is available in the Benefits Book on the Mines Employee
• You must be enrol ed in both medical and dental insurance per our contract with
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
When is coverage effective?
• At the end of your measurement period, if you qualify for coverage and decide to
enroll, it will be effective the 1st of the month following a 31-day administrative period.
When does coverage end?
• If you qualify for coverage and decide to elect coverage you will qualify for coverage for
one year starting immediately after your administrative period ends. This is referred to
as a stability period. As long as you remain a Mines employee, you will qualify to
keep the coverage for the one-year period regardless of the hours worked per week
during the one year stability period.
• Coverage may be terminated if you fail to make the applicable premium payments
What happens when my stability periods ends?
• During the stability period your hours worked will continue to be tracked and will be
assessed during the next standard measurement period. If you average 30 or more
hours per week during the measurement period, you would be eligible to continue your
coverage during the next one year stability period. If your hours do not average 30 or
more hours per week during the measurement period, your coverage will end at the end
of your one-year stability period.
Can I continue coverage if my coverage ends at the end of my stability period?
• Yes, you can continue medical and dental coverage through COBRA. A notice wil
automatically be issued to you should you become ineligible for Mines coverage. Please
be aware that COBRA participants must pay both the employee and employer
contributions (i.e. the total cost of coverage) plus a 2% administrative fee. COBRA
coverage lasts between 18 and 36 months. More information on COBRA is available in
the Benefits Book.
How much does the insurance coverage cost?
• Please see the Rate Sheet on the Mines Employee Benefits web page
• Mines’ employer-sponsored coverage has rates based on four tiers. The tiers are
employee only, employee plus spouse, employee plus children, and family.
• Premiums are deducted from pay on a monthly post-tax basis
How do I enrol ?
• Complete the Anthem Enrollment/Change Form available on the Mines Employee
Benefits webpage. The form is due in the Human Resources office no later than the
start date of coverage
• Documentation verifying dependent status must be provided with the enrol ment form
if dependents are enrol ed. Documentation requirements are available on the Mines
Employee Benefits webpage
If I don’t want to enroll in employer-sponsored coverage, do I need to do anything?
• Yes, if you have received an offer of coverage from Mines and you don’t wish to enrol ,
we will ask that you complete a Declination of Coverage Form available on the Mines
Employee Benefits webpage
What about the Health Insurance Marketplace (Connect for Colorado)?
• Most individuals are eligible to purchase coverage through the Marketplace. Special
eligibility requirements may apply outside of the annual open enrollment period.
Individuals may be eligible for premium subsidies depending on individual and family
circumstances. The offer of coverage from Mines is considered a qualifying offer and
may negate an employee’s ability to obtain a premium subsidy from the exchange.
Individuals purchasing coverage through the exchange will not be eligible for a
contribution from Mines towards the cost of that coverage
• For details contact Connect for Colorado
Now I am real y confused can you give me some examples?
Example 1: Mary starts employment with Mines on September 1, 2014, in an eligible hourly
position. Mary’s hours are averaged during the standard measurement period January 1, 2015,
through December 31, 2015, and determined to average 23 hours per week. Mary will not be
eligible for coverage in 2016 since her averaged hours were below 30 hours per week.
However, Mary’s hours will continue to be measured during the next standard measurement
period starting January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016. If her hours average out to 30 or
more hours per week during that measurement period she may be eligible for coverage in
Example 2: John starts employment with Mines on July 15, 2014, in an eligible hourly position.
John’s hours are averaged over the standard measurement period January 1, 2015, through
December 31, 2015. John is averaging 32 hours per week and is offered coverage. John
decides he would like to enroll in coverage. John’s coverage would become effective March 1,
2016 (1st of the month following a 31-day administrative period). John’s enrollment forms are
due in the Human Resources Office no later than March 1, 2016. John’s stability period runs
from March 1, 2016, through February 29, 2017. John is eligible for coverage during that entire
period, regardless of hours worked, as long as he remains employed by Mines. John’s hours
will be measured again during the next standard measurement period which runs January 1,
2016, through December 31, 2016. If the average hours per week are 30 or greater, John can
continue with his coverage through the next stability period March 1, 2017, through February
Example 3: Dakota is hired by Mines into an eligible hourly position on May 1, 2015. Since
Dakota was not an employee at the start of Mines standard measurement period (January 1,
2015) Dakota’s initial measurement period will be from May 1, 2015, through April 30, 2016.
During this measurement period Dakota’s hours averaged 36 hours per week. Dakota decides
to enrol in the offered coverage. The effective date of coverage would be July 1, 2016 (1st of
the month fol owing a 31-day administrative period). Dakota’s forms are due in the Human
Resources Office no later than July 1, 2016. Dakota’s stability period runs from July 1, 2016,
through June 30, 2017. Since Dakota is now an ongoing employee, Dakota is transitioned to the
standard measurement period starting January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016. During
the January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016, standard measurement period, Dakota’s
hours only average 12 per week. Dakota’s insurance coverage will end at the end of the
stability period, June 30, 2017. However if Dakota remains employed by Mines, Dakota’s hours
will be measured again during the next standard measurement period and coverage may be
offered at that time if Dakota’s hours average 30 or greater per week.
Example 4: Mike is hired into a qualified hourly position on November 1, 2014. Mike’s hours
would normally be measured during the standard measurement period starting January 1,
2015. However, on February 28, 2015, Mike’s job assignment ends. Mike has a new job
assignment starting on September 15, 2015. Since Mike has had a break in service of over 26
weeks, Mike starts a new initial measurement period on September 15, 2015, which will then
run through September 14, 2016.
Now I am really, really, confused!
• Contact the Mines Benefits Office at (303) 273-3052.