Helping you through the benefits process

Benefits Information for New Hire Employees

Welcome to UVA! We are happy that you have chosen a career with the University. We want to help you select the right benefits for yourself and family. Below you will find information about what to do and timelines. This is for both University Medical Center team members and Academic Division faculty and staff. 

Effective March 5, 2023, your medical, dental, and/or vision benefits can begin on the first date of employment (or choose to wait until the first of the month if you have coverage elsewhere).

  • Date of employment: If you need coverage immediately, you have the option to start your medical, dental, and/or vision benefits as of your date of employment. This may be a good option if you are currently not covered elsewhere, or you desire coverage as soon as possible. 
  • First of the month following your date of employment: You can choose to start your medical, dental, and/or vision benefits on the first of the month after you are hired. This may be a good option if you have coverage from a previous employer or are under a family member’s coverage that is still active through the end of the month. 
  • No medical, dental, and/or vision coverage: You can officially waive your medical, dental, and/or vision benefit options as well as enroll or waive in other benefits during your new hire change benefit event. 

Please review the Coordination of Benefits document regarding your coverage and how it works with your prior employer.

What New Hires Should Know

  • Health Plan Elections

    Health plan elections must be completed by 30 days after your date of hire. Learn more about making your elections for medical, dental, and vision insurance.

    Learn more about health plan elections
  • Retirement Plan Elections

    Learn more about the retirement plan options available for Academic Division employees and for Medical Center team members.

    Learn More about Retirement Plan Elections
  • Holiday Calendar

    Prescheduled holidays are determined by your employee type. See our separate calendars for paid holidays for University Medical Center team members, UPG employees, and Academic Division employees.

    See the holiday calendar
  • Paid Time Off

    Our team members are encouraged to take time off to relax and rejuvenate. UVA offers many options for paid leave to help you maintain a healthy work/life balance.

    Learn More about Time Off
  • UVA Employee Well-Being Program

    Welcome to the UVA Employee Well-Being Program called Hoos Well! When you’re healthy, you have the energy and focus to do your best work and live your best life. Hoos Well provides programs and resources to help you be your best self, and our comprehensive well-being program offers something for everyone.

    Learn more about hoos well
  • J Visa Health

    This is a self-insured plan designed for J visa holders that meets the minimum requirements set by the U.S. Department of State, including medical evacuation and repatriation.

    Learn more about J Visa health