Yes. You are required to pay your short term disability premiums while you are out on disability to keep your STD insurance in force. You will be direct billed for short term disability premiums just as you are for other benefits such as medical and dental.
Please note that the long term disability insurance FAQs are for state employees only. The state of Tennessee does not offer long term disability insurance to higher education employees. If you are a higher education employee, direct questions on LTD to your agency benefits coordinator.