Health and Welfare

The University of Chicago offers you a wide range of health and welfare benefits to help meet the needs of you and your family.  Medical, Dental, Vision plans, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts are governed by Section 125 rules authorizing pre-tax contibutions.

This section will provide you with information on the following benefits:

Medical Plans

Four different types of medical plans are available for you to choose from: two Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans and two Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plans.

Dental Plans

Two different types of dental plans for you to choose from: a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) Plan and a Copay Plan both through MetLife.

Vision Plan

Two different vision plans for you to choose from: a Base Plan and a Premier Plan both through Vision Service Plan (VSP).

Flexible Spending Accounts

Two different types of Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) from which the payment for certain health and dependent care expenses can be paid for with tax-free dollars.


A Health Savings Account (HSA) is automatically opened with enrollment in the Maroon Savings Choice PPO medical plan, to pay for qualified health expenses with tax-free dollars.

Life & Disability Insurance Programs

There are several insurance programs for you to choose from including Group Life Insurance, Short-term Disability, Long-term Disability, Personal Accident Insurance and Business Travel Accident Insurance to protect you and your family.


Offered to provide support and services when needed due to a long-term illness, recovery from an accident or illness or advanced aging not associated with acute care or short-term illness.

Staff and Faculty Assistance Program

A confidential service that provides support, counseling, referrals, and resources for issues that impact your life.

Child Care Referral Services

The University provides a child care referral service for parents at no charge to assist them in evaluating and locating a child care provider that best meets their needs.

Child Care PROGRAM

Managed by Bright Horizons, a leading provider of employer-sponsored child care and early education, this onsite UChicago Child Care Center provides programs for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age.

Elder Care Referral Service

The University provides an elder care referral service designed to assist you in making eldercare arrangements.

Retiree Medical Insurance

The Retiree Medical Program is available to employees age 55 or older who retire from the University and their eligible dependents.