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Employee Benefit Information

Open Enrollment will run from Saturday, October 1, 2022 to Monday, October 31, 2022. During this time, employees are allowed to make general changes (adding or deleting dependents, changing coverage levels, etc.) or enroll in a different medical or dental plan.  All changes made during this Open Enrollment period will be effective on January 1, 2023.

Open enrollment is the only time that you may change your benefit options unless you experience a qualifying event such as marriage, divorce or birth of a child. Please take the time to review your benefit options so you and your family have the coverage that is critical to both your physical health and financial well-being.


The specialist office visit copayment for State active members enrolled in the CWA Unity DIRECT, CWA Unity DIRECT 2019, NJDIRECT, and NJ DIRECT 2019 PPO plans, the HMO plans, and the Tiered Network plan shall be $15 more than the co-payment for a primary care office visit. Urgent Care visits shall be $30 more than the co-payment for a primary care visit. *At this time, the rates for 2023 have not been made available by the NJ Division of Pension and Benefits. Rates for 2022 are still reflected.

Flexible Spending Accounts (Tax$ave with Horizon MyWay)

You must enroll in the FSA each year in order to participate.

Tax$ave, lets you set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for certain medical, dental, and dependent care expenses.  Enrollment will be available:

NJWELL is a wellness program offered to active employees of the public sector who participate in the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) or School Employees’ Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) and their covered spouses/partners. NJ State Health Benefits Program Members (SHBP) and their eligible spouses/partners can participate in NJWELL and earn up to $250 by completing health and wellness screenings and activities. 

Learn more at the NJWELL website.

As a member of the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP), Rowan University offers an extensive variety of choices for health care, dental, and prescription. The State health Benefits Commission is the oversight body that monitors the State Health Benefit Program. To be eligible for coverage you must be a full time employee.

Under a new law, Chapter 172, P.L. 2003, certain part-time employees of the University, and part time faculty members who are members of a State administered retirement system, are eligible for enrollment for coverage in the State Health Benefits Program.

Employees can choose between both HMO and PPO plans. The University offers plans through HORIZON and prescription coverage is provided through OptumRx.

Use these calculators to find your estimated Health Benefit Contribution.

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The Employee Dental Plans and Dental Expense Plans are available to full-time State employees, full-time employees of a local employer (county, municipality, school board, etc.) that elects by resolution to provide the Employee Dental Plans to its employees, and the eligible dependents of these employees. The Employee Dental Plans are not available to retirees.

Once enrolled, you and your eligible dependents must remain in the dental plan you elect for a minimum of 12 months before you can change plans or drop coverage. In the event that you wish to change dental plans, you will not be permitted to do so until the Open Enrollment Period following the 12-month period. In addition, no employee or dependent can be covered under more than one dental plan.

Learn more about employee dental benefits.

The State Employees Tax Savings Program - Tax$ave, is a benefit program available under Section 125 of the Federal Internal Revenue Code that allows eligible employees to set aside before-tax dollars to pay for certain medical, dental, and dependent care expenses, thereby avoiding federal taxes and saving money.

Tax$ave is only available to eligible State Employees. An eligible employee is any full-time employee of the State or a State college or university who is eligible to participate in the State Health Benefits Program.

Learn more about flexible spending accounts.

As an employee of Rowan University it is mandatory for you to participate in the New Jersey State Pension System. Rowan University offers four pension choices based on employee category. Those four pension systems are the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS), Defined Contribution Retirement Program (DCRP), the Alternate Benefits Program (ABP), or the Police and Fireman’s Retirement System (PFRS).

Learn more about PERS.

Learn more about DCRP.

Learn more about ABP.

Learn more about PFRS.

The Division of Pensions and Benefits has scheduled upcoming Retirement Seminar dates for members of the Public Employee's Retirement System (PERS) and the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS). Both in-person Seminars and live online webinars are available.

Learn more about your retirement options.

Retirement Estimate Webinar for Your PERS & TPAF Members

The Rowan University Tuition Scholarship is available to employees and their dependents, spouses and domestic/civil union partners. To learn more about the University policies, please visit the Rowan University Human Resources website.

Please review these Rowan-Virtua SOM policies, as applicable:

Rowan University recognizes that it may be necessary for employees to be absent from work for an extended period to address certain family responsibilities or their own serious health condition.  In order to comply with federal and state laws, Administrative Code, Board Policy, and contractual obligations, the University offers the following leave programs to eligible employees.  If you are considering a leave of absence, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 856-566-6168 to discuss the options available to you.

Sick Leave

An employee who is absent for three (3) or more consecutive working days is required to submit to the Office of Human Resources acceptable medical documentation substantiating the illness.   On the day of return to work, the employee is required to bring to the Office of Human Resources medical documentation that includes the return to work date and any limitations or restrictions.

Employees submitting a medical note should ensure that the note contains the following information:

  • the date the employee was seen by the doctor
  • the date(s) the employee was out or will be out
  • the expected date of return

Failure to provide appropriate medical documentation may result in disciplinary action.

Donated Leave Program

  • This program enables employees to donate voluntarily a portion of their earned sick and/or vacation time to other employees who have exhausted their own earned leave and who themselves or a member of their family are suffering from serious catastrophic health condition or injury which is expected to require a prolonged absence from work.  For further information please contact Human Resources.  
  • Donated Leave Policy
  • Donated Leave Request Form

Family Medical Leave

Family Leave Insurance 

Temporary Disability

All employees are required to contact their supervisor immediately following a work related injury, accident or exposure.  For non- emergency treatment employees should report to the Wellness Center to complete the required paperwork in a timely manner.  Emergency situations you should contact Rowan public safety 4911 or 911 and you will be taken to the nearest Emergency Room.

Learn more from the NJ State Division of Risk Management.