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 2021 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 2021-2022 monthly premiums.   
  • COVA Care and COVA HealthAware participants are eligible to earn premium rewards for the plan year July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022. For information and instructions, see the Premium Reward Requirements and Premium Reward FAQ

Need verification of your health benefits coverage through VCU? For COVA Care and COVA High Deductible participants, register for an account on the Anthem COVA pageFor COVA HealthAware participants, register for an account on the Aetna COVA HealthAware page.  You will need your state employee ID number when you first register to access, both the COVA Care and COVA HealthAware account. It is not your Banner V-ID number. Your state employee ID number is the 7-digit number listed on your health plan card. 

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.