Human Resources

You have 31 days from your time of employment to sign up for benefits and your effective date of coverage will be the 1st of the month following your enrollment.

Contact Julie LaRue at 622-5131 with any questions concerning benefits.

As an ASMSA employee, you may be eligible to participate in:

Medical Insurance (UMR) - two plan options

Dental Insurance (Delta Dental)

Vision Insurance (Superior Vision)

Retirement Plans

Optional Life Insurance

Dependent Life Insurance

Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance

Optional Long Term Disability

Flexible Benefit Plan

Group Home and Auto Insurance

Group Cancer/Critical Illness Insurance

Tuition Discount



ASMSA is part of the University of Arkansas System, which also offers the following benefits at no cost to the employee:

Basic Life Insurance

Basic Long Term Disability

Basic Retirement

Employee Assistance Program



Wellness Program and Leave Time

In an effort to promote health and wellness, employees are granted up to 1 ½ hours each week to participate in wellness activities.  Since the time granted is during the work day, employees should coordinate the time with their respective supervisor to ensure all offices have coverage between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Activities must be campus based, meaning the activity occurs on campus (Zumba, yoga, use of the fitness center, etc.) or must depart from and return to campus (walks/jogs in nearby areas, etc.).

The school nurse can provide blood pressure and pulse checks and body measurements. Scales are available in the nurse’s office for checking your weight. The nurse’s office is located on the first floor of the Student Center Building.

Visit the Onlife Health website to learn more about the wellness and preventive care program sponsored by the University of Arkansas Health Plan.



Medical Insurance

The University of Arkansas Health Coverage Plan is a self-funded plan. Claims are adminsterd by UMR (a division of United Healthcare) and participants use UMR providers as their in-network providers.  The prescription portion of the University's Health Coverage Plan is administered by Medimpact.  Both UMR and Medimpact offer a nation-wide network of providers.
Medical Plans 
ASMSA benefits-eligible employees have two health coverage plans to choose from, the Classic Plan and the Point of Service Plan. Both the Classic Plan and the Point of Service Plan cover a wide range of traditional expenses such as doctors' visits, surgical services, pregnancy, emergency room services, hospital stays, and diagnostic testing. With a goal of assisting you in being healthy, the plans also provide coverage for items such as well-baby check-ups, annual physicals, and mental health counseling and prescription drugs. See the Health Coverage Comparison for a general comparison of these two plans.
Classic Plan 
The Classic Plan premiums are lower than the Point of Service Plan. However, benefits are only provided if you access care through your network providers. There are no benefits for out-of-network providers other than emergency or urgent care while traveling.  See the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (Classic) or Health Plan Summary Plan Description (SPD) for details about the Classic Plan coverage. 

Point of Service Plan 
The Point of Service Plan is a "dual option" plan. Your out-of-pocket expenses are determined by whether you seek care from an in-network provider or an out-of-network provider. You get your best benefit by seeing in-network providers. Seeing a doctor or other provider outside of the network means that you will pay a higher share of the bill. If you obtain care from an out-of-network provider, your payment for these services will be based on the allowable amount for the services provided and not on billed charges.  See the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (POS) or Health Plan Summary Plan Description (SPD) for details about the Point of Service Plan coverage.
Prescription Coverage
When you enroll in either medical plan, you are automatically enrolled in the prescription coverage plan administered by Medimpact. Your prescription benefit can be used at many local and national pharmacies or you can take advantage of the mail service pharmacy, MedVantx. See the Prescription Summary Plan Description (SPD) for information about the prescription plan. For details regarding specific drug coverage, see the Medimpact Prescription Formulary.
Special Programs
When you enroll in either medical plan, you also have access to several special programs offered by UMR.
You may obtain a printed version of any of these brochures from the Human Resources office.


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Dental Coverage  

The University of Arkansas Dental Plan is self-insured and self-funded. Delta Dental of Arkansas is the third party administrator and processes your claims. Premium costs are shared between you and ASMSA.

The Dental Plan is designed to assist you in maintaining good oral health. The plan covers basic dental exams, restorative care, cleaning services and preventive services. It also covers more intensive and specialty dental needs including fluoride treatments, extractions, sealants, oral surgery, crowns, bridges, spacers, and implants. This plan is a preventive plan and does not provide orthodontia benefits.  See the Schedule of Benefits for a review of your coverage. See the Summary Plan Description for details about the dental insurance plan.


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Vision Coverage 

The Superior Vision Insurance Plan provides primary vision care benefits including eye examinations, prescription eyewear, and contact lenses through a broad-based provider network of both ophthalmologists and optometrists. The plan also contracts with a large number of national and regional optometric chains. 
ASMSA employees will be able to choose between two Superior Vision Insurance plans, the Basic Plan and the Enhanced Plan. See the Superior Vision Insurance Summary for a review of the covered benefits. 


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Retirement Plans

All benefit-eligible employees must participate in a retirement plan. 

1. Defined Contribution Plan - University of Arkansas Optional Retirement Plan

  • Two companies to choose from: TIAA-CREF or Fidelity - You may choose to invest with one or both of these companies. Subject to plan restrictions, you may transfer accumulations from one company to another. 
  • ASMSA will contribute 5% of your regular salary whether or not you contribute. ASMSA will match any contributions you make over 5% up to employer maximum of 10%. At no time can the combined employee and employer contributions exceed the limitations established by the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Employees may elect to make contributions to either the 403B/457B (pre-tax) or Roth (post-tax) plan.
  • Vested after 1 year
  • Click to read the Summary Plan Description
  • Annual SRA letter

Retirement Plan Contributions for Non-Benefit Eligible Employees

All ASMSA employees are eligible to participate in an unmatched 403(B) retirement plan on  a voluntary basis.  If you are not employed in a benefits-eligible role you will not receive any employer contributions to your retirement plan but you can make voluntary unmatched contributtions.  You may select TIAA-CREF and/or Fidelity Investments for your retirement plan options.   Within the IRS limits, you may enroll, end, increase, decrease or suspend your contributions at any time. Contact Human Resources for additonal informaton or assistance.


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Life Insurance Options

Basic Life Insurance - Basic Life Insurance is provided for you at no cost and is mandatory for all benefits-eligible employees. Eligible employees are automatically covered. This plan pays your beneficiary a benefit of one times your annual salary, up to a maximum benefit of $50,000. When your pay increases, your coverage is automatically adjusted. Coverage reduces by 35 percent at age 70 and by 50 percent at age 75.. The minimum Basic Life Coverage is $10,000 regardless of salary level or age. Click here for more information.

Optional Life Insurance - You have the option to buy additional life insurance through the Optional Life Insurance plan. You may choose additional coverage of one time, two times, three times, or four times your annual salary. The maximum benefit is $500,000. Coverage reduces by 35 percent at age 70 and by 50 percent at age 75.

Dependent Life Insurance - You may buy life insurance for your spouse and eligible dependent children under this plan. If you enroll for this coverage, you have the option of choosing $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 coverage on your spouse. Each eligible dependent child (age six months to 19 or age 26 if enrolled full time in school) is covered for 50% of the available spousal coverage (children older than 14 days but less than six months of age are covered for $100). You must be enrolled in Optional Life Insurance in order to enroll in Dependent Life Insurance.

Click here to read the Optional and Dependent Life Insurance coverage plan.

For detailed information about these policies, please see the Life Insurance SPD.

Travel Assistance through The Standard
Travel Assistance helps you cope with emergencies when you travel more than 100 miles from home or internationally for trips of up to 180 days.   It can also help you with non-emergencies, such as planning your trip.
You do not have to enroll.  As a participant in ASMSA's basic life insurance (100% employer paid and mandatory for all benefits-eligible employees) through The Standard, you are automatically covered - and so is your family.  All services are available 24 hours a day, every day.
Travel Assistance offers the following services:
  • Pre-trip Assistance including passport, visa, weather and currency exchange information, health hazards advice and inoculation requirements
  • Trip Assistance including emergency ticket, credit card and passport replacement assitance, funds transfer assistance and missing baggage assistance
  • Medical Assistance including locating medical care providers and interpreter services
  • Legal Assistance including locating a local attorney, consular officer or bail bond services
  • Emergency Transportation Services including arranging and paying for emergency evacuation to the nearest adequate medical facility and medically necessary repatriation to the employee's home, including repatriation of remains. 
  • Personal Security Services including logistical arrangements for ground transportation, housing and/or evacuation in the event of political unrest and social stability.  In more complex situations, assists in making arrangements with providers of specialized security services.
Travel Assistance is provided through an arrangement, through The Standard, with FrontierMEDEX, Inc.

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Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

Coverage is available from $25,000 up to $300,000 (not to exceed 15 times your salary). You may elect Employee Only or Family coverage. If you elect Family coverage, you are insured for a specific amount. Your spouse would be covered at 60% the amount you are insured for in the event you become disabled. 

Click here to view details about the AD&D coverage plan.

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Long Term Disability Insurance

Basic Long Term Disability Insurance - Covers the first $20,000 of your salary

Optional Long Term Disability Insurance - May be elected to cover the portion of your salary that exceeds $20,000. This insurance pays 60% of the amount you are insured for in the event you become disabled.

Click here to view details about the Long Term Disability coverage plan.

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Flexible Benefit Plan/IRS Section 125

You may defer a portion of your income to pay for the following:

  • Dependent Care Expenses
  • Health Care Expenses

Click here for more information about regarding this plan.

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Group Home and Auto Insurance

Liberty Mutual offers a package for University of Arkansas System employees to provide you with a discounted rate for home and auto insurance. You can have your premiums paid through payroll deductions. You can enroll in Auto/Home insurance or make changes at any time. You and your family can apply for group rated Home and/or Auto Insurance at any time of the year by contacting the carrier, Liberty Mutual. They also offer Renter's Insurance. Please contact Liberty Mutual to ask questions or enroll.

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Group Cancer/Critical Illness Insurance

Critical Illness Insurance can complement your medical and disability insurance by helping you pay for some of the expenses associated with a critical illness such as co-pays, deductibles, travel to treatment centers, out-of-network treatments, rehabilitation, or additional childcare.  Participants in Critical Illness Insurance must be covered by health insurance.
New employees have a 60-day window to enroll. Current employees may enroll during specially announced open enrollment periods.  You can apply for up to $100,000 of coverage for you and your family. Enrollment is handled directly through MetLife and is subject to underwriting approval.  New employees must contact MetLife by phone; they cannot enroll on-line.


Tuition Discount

University of Arkansas System employees working full-time (100% appointment), their spouses and dependents are eligible for a tuition discount. Visit the Human Resources Office for a tuition discount form. All tuition discount forms must be approved through Human Resources to receive the discount. There are deadlines, so be sure to have all the paperwork complete and turned in for each semester. Many graduate courses are not eligible for tuition discount, so check with Human Resources first to verify to which courses the discount will apply.

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Employee Assistance Program

The Arkansas Employee Assistance Program is a benefit provided to all ASMSA employees and their immediate family members. AEAP provides counseling and is ideal for individuals and families experiencing personal distress or simply seeking to improve health and well-being.

AEAP can help with: stress management, grief, life balance, personal/emotional concerns, anger management, relationships, substance abuse, elder care, compassion fatigue, or work related issues.

This benefit is provided and NO COST to the employee and is completely confidential.

There is a location in Hot Springs. Contact AEAP at 1-800-542-6021 to schedule an appointment. Be sure to tell them you are in Hot Springs in order to see a counselor in our area.


A legal service plan can help with planned and unplanned legal issues. As a LegalShield member, you will have access to attorneys who can provide advice or assistance on a variety of personal legal issues. A membership also provides for discounts at many local businesses. This is a voluntary produc, and payroll deductions are not available. Employees will pay directly using a checking account, credit card or debit card.

You may enroll for LegalShield at For more information, contact Human Resources.

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