Health care, dental and employee assistance programs

The Commonwealth of Virginia provides options for health benefits coverage for eligible VCU employees and their eligible family members (see 2022 Benefits-at-a-glance). Participants choose plans based on coverage needs and geographical location. Salaried faculty members, Classified staff, and University and Academic Professionals who work:

  • 20 or more hours a week are eligible to participate in health coverage;
  • 30 or more hours a week are eligible for the employer-paid contribution toward their 2022-2023 monthly premiums.   
  • COVA Care and COVA HealthAware participants are eligible to earn premium rewards for the plan year July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023. For information and instructions, see the Premium Reward Requirements and Premium Reward FAQ.

Need verification of your state health benefits coverage through VCU? Print a copy of your benefits confirmation from Cardinal ESS.

The State and Local Health Benefits Programs of the Department of Human Resource Management (the "Health Plan"), sponsored by the Commonwealth of Virginia (the “Commonwealth”) complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. The Plan does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. See the full Health Plan non-discrimination notice. For assistance accessing this notice, please contact VCU Human Resources.