Eligible Higher Education employees may enroll in a variety of insurance coverages through the state group insurance program. There are specific guidelines regarding the time frame in which you and your eligible dependents must enroll. Available options include: health, dental, life, optional special accident, optional universal life, term life and long-term care. Active Coverage Insurance Links
State and higher education employees who meet the qualifications may continue medical insurance at retirement for themselves and covered eligible dependents (spouse and/or children). Retired employees may continue until they become eligible for Medicare by virtue of age. Covered dependents also will be allowed to continue coverage until they become eligible for Medicare by virtue of age or no longer qualify as eligible dependents. Participants who are eligible for Medicare may enroll in Medicare supplement coverage.
A retiree whose spouse also is an eligible covered state employee may continue coverage as a dependent on the active spouse’s contract instead of electing retiree coverage. When the spouse terminates employment, the retiree may resume coverage under their own eligibility if not yet eligible for Medicare due to age.
Available options include health and dental under COBRA.
P115 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996-0100
Benefits & Retirement
115 UT Conference Center
Knoxville, TN 37996-4115
(865) 946-8847 or statewide @ 1-888-444-8847
(865) 974-3559 (FAX)
(State, except where noted)
-Group Health Insurance
-Deferred Compensation (Empower Retirement site)
-Optional Retirement Program (ORP)
-Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS)
-Office of Personnel Management (OPM) -
CSRS & FERS