Duke University Employees
Active full-time employees, regular rank faculty, and non-regular rank faculty of Duke University excluding Private Diagnostic Clinic faculty and house staff.
Duke Health System Employees
Active full-time employees of Duke University Health System excluding faculty*, Private Diagnostic Clinic faculty and staff, and house staff.
*Full-time Clinical Associates and Consulting Associates are eligible for this benefit.
Voluntary LTD is for those with fewer than three years of full-time continuous service who are not eligible for the Duke Disability Plan. This plan is one of the MOST IMPORTANT benefits you can purchase because it can help secure your financial future. Read more...
How to File a Claim
To initiate a voluntary disability claim call 866-945-4558 or log on to this web site. The group number for Duke is 043211. For a voluntary long term disability claim, please file your claim within 60 days after your date of disability to allow for proper processing. View further instructions on how to file a claim.
The voluntary long-term disability plan (employee paid) is a different and separate plan from the Duke-paid long-term disability program (Duke Disability).
The plan replaces up to 60% of your base salary to a maximum monthly benefit of $12,500.
This plan is for employees with less than 3 years of full-time continuous service, unless the employee already qualifies for the Duke Disability Plan.
Voluntary Long Term Disability (LTD) benefits cover disabilities whether or not they are job related. However, benefits will be reduced by the amount of other income benefits you receive while disabled, such as sick/vacation leave, paid time off, Kiel, or Social Security. Regardless of these offsets, the minimum monthly benefit is the greater of 10% of the Voluntary LTD benefit or $100.
When Benefits Begin
Voluntary LTD benefits begin after you have been totally disabled for four months if you are a Duke University employee. Benefits begin after you have been totally disabled for six months if you are a Duke University Health System employee.
If you had an employer-sponsored long term disability plan within 90 days of full-time employment to Duke, you may participate in the Duke Disability Program as of the first day of the month after your hire date (waiving the normal three-year waiting period). You can request that your immediate previous employer complete the Duke Disability Program - Request for Service Requirement Waiver form. Waiver requests must be received in the Benefits Office within 90 days of your date of hire.
Waiver requests should be emailed to email@example.com or faxed to the attention of our disability analyst at (919) 681-8774 within 90 days of your hire date.
An individual (non-group) LTD disability plan does not qualify for LTD waiver consideration.