Short-Term Disability Insurance

Protect Your Paycheck & What You Love About Life

Surgery, having a baby, or even an illness or injury can keep you away from work. Your ability to earn a paycheck is your most valuable asset. Help protect it with Short-Term Disability (STD) insurance, a benefit that works for you when you can’t, due to a covered disability. It’s an affordable way to continue receiving a steady income so you can focus on getting better. This insurance provides you with a weekly cash benefit to help pay for expenses (such as mortgage/rent, utilities, childcare, or groceries) without relying solely on vacation days, sick pay, or your savings to stay on track with your expenses.

When it comes to protecting income, many people don’t make it a priority, but they should. Did you know, the biggest reason for not enrolling in Short-Term Disability insurance is the lack of a perceived need for it. It’s everyone’s belief that, “it’s not going to happen to me!” If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that you need to plan for the unexpected and the chance you may become disabled. Your chance of acquiring a disability is higher than you probably think! Learn what the most common Short-Term Disability claims are and why you should have Short-Term Disability coverage.

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Short-Term Disability Insurance Features


You may be eligible for Short-Term Disability insurance as an active, dues-paying PEF member.

PLEASE NOTE: NYS employees are not eligible for New York Disability Benefits Law coverage, therefore this insurance program may be of interest to you! Without this insurance, you may have to use your sick time, vacation time, or even put your paycheck at risk if you are out of work due to a short-term disability.

How it works

You have the opportunity to buy affordable protection that may provide you with a weekly benefit once your claim is approved. This benefit is paid if you are absent from work while insured as a result of either a job-related or non-job-related injury or illness. You may think that you are still young and you don’t need insurance. Many insurance claims are sports related injuries that younger adults experience.

Important Fact: Over 50% of Americans don’t have enough savings to cover three (3) months of living expenses if they’re not earning an income.

Coverage amount

You choose the benefit option that best fits your needs. Your Short-Term Disability benefit payments are not subject to federal income tax and will not be reduced by other income even though you may be entitled to sick leave or have other insurance coverage.

26-week plan rates

Important points to consider

  • Get a weekly check—after your claim is approved—that replaces a portion of your income while you recover from a covered disability.
  • Disability benefits are payable for a covered disability on the first day for accidental bodily injury and on the eighth day for sickness. You must be under the care of a legally qualified physician.
  • Benefits are not payable for disabilities caused by, contributed to by, or resulting from a pre-existing condition for the first twelve (12) months (six (6) months for members 65 and older) following the effective date of insurance or an increase in insurance. A pre-existing condition is one for which an insured has received medical treatment, consultation, care, or services, including diagnostic measures or prescribed drugs or medicine, within the three (3) months prior to his or her effective date of insurance or increase in insurance. Please refer to your certificate for additional details.
  • Receive a weekly check for up to 26 weeks—as long as you are still unable to work due to a covered disability.
  • Provide your survivors with a lump sum benefit if your death occurs while you are eligible to receive a weekly benefit and your Total Disability has continued for fourteen (14) consecutive days.


No Short-Term Disability benefit is payable for any Total Disability that is due to:

  • intentionally self-inflicted injuries;
  • a war, declared or undeclared, or any act of war;
  • your active participation in a riot or insurrection;
  • or your participation in a felony.


Your insurance will terminate on the earliest of:

  • the date the Group insurance Policy terminates,
  • the date the Group insurance Policy no longer insures your class,
  • the date the premium payment is due, but not paid by the PEF Membership Benefits Program,
  • the date on which you cease to be in an eligible class, including:
    • temporary layoff,
    • leave of absence, including but not limited to leave for military service, or
    • the date your PEF membership ceases, or
  • the date you retire.

To learn more about Short-Term Disability insurance, call the PEF Membership Benefits Program at (518) 785-1900, ext. 243, opt. 2, or (800) 767-1840.

STD Brochure

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How to Enroll or Increase Existing Coverage Online

Enrolling in insurance for the first time, or increasing your existing coverage is quick and easy with the online insurance application. The application is automatically programmed to allow you to enroll in the levels for which you qualify, whether you are enrolling for the first time or you are increasing your current coverage. Please note the following:

For new employees on the job less than 240 days

If you are a new employee (on the job less than 240 days) in the PS&T (Professional, Scientific & Technical) unit, you may enroll with no medical questions asked¹. If we do not receive your insurance application(s) within 240 days of your date of hire with the PS&T unit, you can still enroll in the insurances, but you will need to also complete a Medical Questionnaire/Evidence of Insurability form.

Current employees (on the job more than 240 days) in the PS&T unit

If on the job more than 240 days, you may enroll or increase coverage in an existing insurance, but you must complete an Evidence of Insurability form along with your insurance application.

You must join PEF before you can enroll in any one or more insurances.

Begin your enrollment, increase, or decrease your existing coverage

  • If you have questions regarding Short-Term Disability insurance, existing coverage, or changes you are considering, please contact our office at (518) 785-1900, ext. 243, opt. 2, or (800) 767-1840. before submitting an application.
  • To access the online insurance application, make sure you are signed into the website with your MIN. If you are not signed in, you will not see the insurance application button below, that provides access to the online form.
  • To enroll in any of the insurances, or to increase or decrease your coverage in an existing insurance, please click the button below for access to the application.
  • You will not be able to successfully submit your insurance application until all required fields (indicated by a red asterisk *) are completed.

Remember, if you have been on the job for more than 240 days and you are enrolling for the first time, or if you are increasing your existing Short-Term Disability insurance coverage, you must complete an Evidence of Insurability form as well.

PLEASE NOTE: The online insurance application is not an acceptable way to cancel coverage. If you would like to cancel your insurance coverage, please contact PEF MBP at (518) 785-1900, ext. 243, opt. 2, or (800) 767-1840. You may also email the PEF Membership Benefits Program.

When an Evidence of Insurability Form (EOI) is Needed

  1. If you did not elect insurance in your first 240 days of employment with the PS&T unit.
  2. If you are increasing coverage on an existing insurance policy.
  3. If a PEF MBP representative requests that you complete an EOI form.

For more information: Call the PEF Membership Benefits Program at (518) 785-1900, ext. 243, opt. 2, or (800) 767-1840, opt. 2. You may also email the PEF Membership Benefits Program.

Footnotes, Additional Details & Disclaimers

¹If you decline coverage during your initial eligibility period and want to elect coverage or increase coverage at a later date, you are required to complete and submit an Evidence of Insurability application, which must be approved by Sun Life prior to coverage taking effect. For additional information, contact the PEF Membership Benefits Program.

The rates shown above include the PEF Membership Benefits Program Administrative Fees.

This product web page is intended to provide an overview of the benefits available from the PEF Membership Benefits Program and is not a complete description of plan provisions. Review of this product web page does not certify eligibility for benefits under this plan. For complete plan details, including limitations and exclusions that may affect benefits, please refer to your certificate.

This policy provides disability income insurance only. It does NOT provide basic hospital, basic medical, or major medical insurance as defined by the New York State Department of Financial Services. The expected benefit ratio for this policy is 79.3%. This ratio is the portion of future premiums that the company expects to return as benefits, when averaged over all people with this policy.

In New York, group insurance policies are underwritten by Sun Life and Health Insurance Company (U.S.) (Lansing, MI) under Policy Form Series 13-GP-LF-01, 13-LF-C-01, 13-GP-LH-01, 13-ADD-C-01, 13-LTD-C-01, 13-STD-C-01, 06P-NY-DBL, 07-NYSL REV 7-12, GP-A, GC-A, 12-GP-SD-01, 13-SD-C-01, 12-GP-01, 12-AC-C-01, 12-GPPort-01, 13-LFPort-C-01, 13-ADDPort-C-01, 12-STDPort-C-01, 12-ACPort-C-01 and 13-SDPort-C-01.

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