Long Term Disability (LTD)

LTD provides a monthly benefit if you are unable to perform your regular job (during the first two years of your disability) or any reasonable job (after two years of disability) due to illness or injury.

Summary Plan Description PDF Document

LTD Plan Benefit

  • Employees must be absent from work for six months of continuous disability and file an LTD claim before the receiving the benefit.
  • The Core plan provides 50% of an employee's last working University salary up to a maximum benefit of $11,500 per month.
  • The Buy-up plan provides 60% of an employee's last working University salary up to a maximum benefit of $13,800 per month. It also allows for a benefit up to 70% with all sources, including Social Security Disability Income (SSDI).
  • The maximum benefit period depends on your age at the time you became disabled and your Social Security Normal Retirement Age. Benefits typically cease at your Social Security Normal Retirement Age, but may continue based on your age at disability according to the following table.

Age When Disabled

Benefits Payable

Prior to Age 63

To Normal Retirement Age or 42 months, if greater

Age 63

To Normal Retirement Age or 36 months, if greater

Age 64

30 months

Age 65

24 months

Age 66

21 months

Age 67

18 months

Age 68

15 months

Age 69 and over

12 months

Social Security Coordination:

The University requires faculty and staff who apply for the LTD benefit to also apply for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). The Hartford will coordinate the University's LTD benefit payments with SSDI benefit payments.

Enroll in LTD

  • Benefits eligible faculty and staff will be automatically enrolled in the core plan. They will be given the opportunity to elect the buy-up program upon hire.
  • Individuals may change their LTD election during Open Enrollment or within 31 days of a qualifying change in family or employment status; evidence of good health is required to increase the benefit amount.

Premiums for the Buy-up Plan

AGE

RATE

Under 30

$.082

30 - 34

$.109

35 - 39

$.123

40 - 44

$.145

45 - 49

$.187

50 -54

$.243

55 - 59

$.284

60 - 64

$.307

65 and older

$.287

Divide your annual salary by 100 and multiply by the premium rate for your age bracket as shown at above to obtain your annual premiums. Please note that premiums are taken as an after-tax deduction from your paycheck.

Employees already participating in the Core plan who are interested in applying for the Buy-up plan must prove evidence of insurability by filling out the following form and turning it in to the benefits division. The Hartford will review each case individually and make a determination. Click here for the Personal Health Application form used to prove evidence of insurabillity.

File an LTD Claim

Extended Sick Time (EST) claims will transition automatically for LTD consideration by The Hartford with limited additional information required from you. If you are not receiving EST benefits (ie. faculty and workers' compensation claims) you will need to complete an LTD claim form and submit it to The Hartford. You may also initiate an LTD claim online at www.thehartfordatwork.com