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Members of the Preferred Hiring Pool (PHP) are eligible to enroll in the Kaiser Health Plan. If any spaces are available after all PHP members have enrolled for the benefit, non-PHP USFFA/PT faculty with a minimum of one year of service and who have taught at least 16 units may also apply for this benefit. Available spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline for the waiting list is the end of the first week of classes.

IMPORTANT: You must receive a paycheck for 3 specific pay periods per semester (Oct, Nov, Dec covers Sept through Feb and Mar, Apr, May covers Mar through Aug), because of the payment plan for 6 months of medical coverage. These paychecks must be sufficient to cover the Kaiser deduction.  If necessary, if you only have a few units in a semester, it may be possible to arrange for paychecks only for these months, and not the first month of the semester.  You'll need to check and make arrangements with the budget director in your college or school.

Each part-timer should receive a reminder in the Fall and in the Spring semester regarding the Kaiser medical plan enrollment period. We negotiated two important provisions that allow dependent/spousal coverage at a very good rate and expansion of the number of part-timers who can enroll in the medical plan. In spring 2017, the number of slots were increased to 155 (up from 125 in 2014).

1 person                                             $138/month = $276/pay period

2 people                                             $314/month = $628/pay period

3+ people                                           $393/month = $786/pay period

Registered Domestic Partner             $176/month = $352/pay period  


*2018 rates will be reflected on your December 2017 paycheck as January and February 2018 premiums are taken from your December paycheck.

2018 Kaiser monthly rates:

Employee Only: $138 (USF contribution: $478.71)

Employee Plus One:  $314 (USF contribution: $919.42)

Employee Plus Two or more:  $393 (USF contribution: $1352.29)

2018 Kaiser Payroll Deductions*:

1 person          $138/month = $276/pay period  (Fall deductions: Oct, Nov, Dec; Sept-Feb; Spring deductions: Mar, Apr, May)

2 people          $314/month = $628/pay period  (Fall deductions: Oct, Nov, Dec; Spring deductions: Mar, Apr, May)

3+ people        $393/month = $786/pay period  (Fall deductions: Oct, Nov, Dec; Spring deductions: Mar, Apr, May)

*2018 rates will be reflected on your December 2017 paycheck as January and February 2018 premiums are taken from your December paycheck.

Since you are covered during the summer and during other breaks, your deductions will be higher than the monthly amounts mentioned above since the benefits are prorated. Deductions are taken out of your Oct/Nov/Dec and Mar/Apr/May paychecks. In other words, the three months of deductions are double the monthly premium, and the deductions cover six months of coverage -- as indicated in the "2018 Kaiser Payroll Deductions" above.  Once awarded a slot, you will need to teach at least one class a semester to continue coverage and your 3 last paychecks of the semester must be sufficient to cover the medical deduction. If you take a leave of absence or do not earn enough to cover the premiums, you will be eligible for COBRA.

IMPORTANT: You must have a salary in the three premium months (Oct/Nov/Dec and Mar/Apr/May) that is enough to cover the premium. If you are only teaching a few credit hours and are concerned that your pay may not cover the premiums, it may be possible to defer your first paycheck in September or February to ensure you have sufficient pay in the three months premiums are deducted.  Check with your college or school’s business manager.

Procedure to receive Kaiser Coverage at USF:

If you want to be put on the waiting list, send an email to the USFFA-PT Secretary: secretary [at] For additional information regarding benefits, contact benefits [at] The waiting list will be shared with HR after Census Date of the given semester. People on the wait list will be contacted 1-3 weeks after census date with instructions on how to complete enrollment. Kaiser health coverage then begins the first of the following month - October 1st for fall semester enrollees, March 1st for spring semester enrollees.

SF Healthcare Security Ordinance (SFHCSO)

The SFHCSO is a requirement for employers with 20+ employees, to spend a certain amount per hour toward health care for their employees who work at least 8 hours per week in San Francisco.  To learn more about the Ordinance, go to

For information about how USF meets this requirement, please visit

USF also does not offer access to Blue Cross. However, all CSU alumni have access to Blue Cross PPO. SFSU is .


We often hear from members about the lack of dental insurance for USF adjuncts. Even though we don’t have access to a dental insurance plan like Delta, you can purchase Careington Dental Plan for $99/year, and get dental services for reduced fees. A small additional fee will cover everyone in your household, and also includes a vision fee reduction plan. Not all dentists accept Careington, but the savings can be significant.

You can also check out the Covered California website: we do not endorse this plan, we merely want adjuncts to know that CC has dental coverage that they might be interested in looking into.