Refer to each benefit for eligibility requirements for that specific benefit. The following are eligible participants in the plan:

  • A full time employee covered by the collective bargaining agreement between the SCCEA, Inc. and the State of New York Unified Court System who is in full pay status and whose normal work schedule consists of at least 70 hours per bi-weekly pay period (hereinafter referred to as “full time employee”). An employee who is on authorized leave pursuant to the Family Medical Leave Act and an employee who is absent on Workers Compensation leave w\for whom the fund is receiving contributions shall be entitled to a continuation of benefits while on such leave. A full time employee receiving sick leave at half pay who is not on authorized leave pursuant to the Family Medical Leave Act shall be considered an eligible part time employee.
     
  • A part time employee covered by the collective bargaining agreement between the SCCEA, Inc. and the State of New York Unified Court System who is in full pay status and whose normal work schedule consists of at least 35 hours per bi-weekly pay period (hereinafter referred to as “part time employee”). Eligible part time employees are eligible for dental benefits only. An employee who is on authorized leave pursuant to the Family Medical Leave Act and an employee who is absent on Workers Compensation leave for whom the fund is receiving contributions shall be entitled to a continuation of benefits while on such leave.
     
  • A retiree for whom the Fund is entitled to receive contributions from the State of New York (hereinafter referred to as “retiree”).
     
  • A dependent of an eligible employee or retiree (hereinafter referred to as “dependent”) who is one of the following:
     
  • The spouse of an eligible employee or retiree, provided he or she is not legally separated from the employee or retiree (hereinafter referred to as spouse).
     
  • An unmarried dependent child of an eligible employee or retiree who is under 19 years of age.
     
  • An unmarried dependent stepchild of an eligible employee or retiree who permanently lives with an eligible employee or retiree and is supported by him/her pursuant to a court order awarding legal guardianship, providing guardianship commenced before the child attained age 19.
     
  • An unmarried dependent child of an eligible employee or retiree who is incapable of self-support, regardless of age, by reason of mental or physical disability and who became so disabled before reaching age 19.
     
  • An unmarried dependent child of an eligible employee or retiree who is a full time student under age 23. A full time student must carry at least 12 undergraduate credit hours or 6 graduate hours and must be enrolled in a regionally accredited college or university and working towards a college degree such as Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), or Associate of Arts (AAS), etc. Technical courses, even if a diploma is awarded, do not meet this requirement. In order for a child to be eligible under this paragraph the employee or retiree must provide the Fund with current proof of student status each semester.