Resources on benefits available to new and expectant parents at UVA

Benefits Available to New or Expectant Parents


We want our employees to be happy, healthy, and have peace of mind. Our generous benefits package allows you to focus on what's important. UVA has some specific benefits available to employees who are new or expectant parents.

Benefits Information

Below are benefits specifically related to the addition of a new child; please visit the HR Benefits webpage in order to view additional benefits.

  • Hoos Well and UVA Health Plan

    Hoos Well offers beneficial services for you and your spouse on the UVA Health Plan who are expecting, which you can find on the Support in Maternity webpage.

    Expenses for having a baby are often a big concern for expecting parents. The HR Medical Scenarios webpage offers several common medical scenarios and their estimated costs, including having a baby. 

  • Health Plan Qualified Life Event

    Making changes to your benefits package is usually reserved for Open Enrollment, but dependent changes qualify for changes during the plan year.

    You have 60 days to submit a Qualified Life Event. 

    Dependent changes include adding a child (or children) from birth or adoption to UVA benefit plans. If you are planning to add a new child to your UVA benefit plans, you need to do so within 60 days of the child’s date of birth or placement. This change can be in made Workday.

    You may also either sign up or increase your contributions to a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Dependent Care FSA, or Limited FSA during a qualified life event when a new child joins your family.

    • The Flexible Spending Accounts and the Limited Flexible Spending Accounts set aside pre-tax income for certain medical costs.
    • The Dependent Daycare Reimbursement Flexible Spending Accounts set aside pre-tax income for dependent/child daycare expenses.
    • Employees on the Basic Health care plan may open or add to the Limited Flexible Spending Account or the Dependent Daycare Flexible Spending Account.

    More information about the available Flexible Spending Accounts can be found under the Benefits Savings Account section of the HR website. The brochure regarding the FSA plans from Chard Snyder, UVA’s FSA vendor, also provides a useful overview of these accounts.

  • Dental Plan Benefits

    UVA dental coverage through United Concordia has a benefit with additional coverage under “Smile for Health® Maternity Benefit” which provides coverage for an additional cleaning and periodontal services for women during their pregnancy. Extra oral care during pregnancy helps prevent pregnancy gingivitis—a mild form of gum disease resulting from changes in the body’s hormone levels.

  • Dependent Care Benefits

    There are few things more important than taking care of our loved ones. UVA agrees, and has made providing dependent care resources, options, and financial support to employees a primary goal.

    Employees may need full-time childcare, short-term back-up care for a loved one, or during these challenging times, extra support for schoolwork. These scenarios are addressed on the Dependent Care webpage with services for:

    • Ongoing Care
    • Short-term & Back-Up Care
    • School & Tutoring Support

    Choose from in-home or facility-based care, or source your own dependent care providers and get reimbursed. All options are offered to UVA benefits eligible employees, and Bright Horizons Back-up Care is offered at discounted rates.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Will my benefits continue while on a leave of absence?

    Benefits will continue during your leave of absence unless you request to waive benefits for a period of unpaid absence.

    If you are on any period of Leave Without Pay (LWOP), you will owe the premiums for your benefits. For unpaid absences less than sixty days, benefits will be held in arrears and taken from the next check where pay is received. For unpaid absences over 60 days, employees will receive an invoice for premiums due.