The University Record, October 9, 2000

Open Enrollment starts today

By Cathy Mellett
Human Resources/Affirmative Action

Open Enrollment 2000 books mailed

The Open Enrollment 2000 Workbooks have been sent through Campus Mail. All faculty and staff who are eligible for benefits, and who have a current campus address on file with Human Resources Records and Information Services (HRRIS), should receive an Open Enrollment Workbook. Anyone who does not receive a book by Oct. 9 can pick up a copy at one of the locations where extra books are available, or send an e-mail request for one to Be sure to include in your message your name, the address to which you wish the book(s) sent and your daytime phone number.

Extra books are available

Extra books are available at several sites around campus:

Angell Hall, Fishbowl

Athletic Department

Campus Information Center, Michigan Union

School of Dentistry, 1st floor

Fleming Building, 1st floor

LS&A Building lobby

Medical Science I and II buildings entrance

Michigan League, First Floor Reception Area

North Ingalls Building, by elevators

Pierpont Commons, North Campus

Social Work Building

Taubman Health Care Center, Information Desk

Wolverine Tower, by elevators

E-mail address for benefits publications requests

If you did not receive an Open Enrollment Workbook, or if you need a benefits plan book for a particular benefits plan or any other publication from the Benefits Office during Open Enrollment or through the end of the year, send an e-mail message to Include in your message the name or a description of the materials you would like, the address to which they should be mailed and your daytime phone number. The Benefits Office encourages the use of Campus Mail to save the cost of postage. However, if you need or prefer to have materials sent to your home, please include your home address. The Benefits Office does not have books for the HMO or point-of-service health plans; call the the companies if you have questions.

2000 Personal Worksheets mailing

The Personal Worksheets for Open Enrollment 2000 contain personal, confidential information and are mailed to home addresses via the U.S. Postal Service. A “How to Use BEL/Personal Worksheet Information” brochure, which has the information needed to make a call to the Benefits Enrollment Line (BEL) is included with the Worksheet. If you do not receive a Personal Worksheet by Oct. 11, send an e-mail message to to request one. When you call, leave your name, home address, Social Security number and a phone number where you can be reached during the day.

Benefits Enrollment Line (BEL)

Faculty and staff have three weeks to make their Open Enrollment call to BEL. BEL will open at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 9 and will remain open until 11:30 p.m. every day, including weekends. BEL will close at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27. The Benefits Office encourages everyone to call early. BEL sometimes receives a heavy volume of calls during the final days of Open Enrollment.

Most frequently asked Open Enrollment question

Do I need to call BEL?

No, you do not have to call if:

  • You do not want to enroll or re-enroll in a Health Care or Dependent Care Reimbursement Account for 2001.

  • You are happy with your current benefits enrollments.

    If you do not call, your current benefits enrollments will continue into 2001, except Reimbursement Accounts, which must be renewed every year. Your current Reimbursement Account elections will end Dec. 31 unless you call BEL and re-enroll for 2001.


    For Open Enrollment information and for benefits plan and other information throughout the year, visit the Benefits Office Web site at or call any Benefits Office: Main Campus, (734) 763-1214; Medical Campus, (734) 764-6584; Flint Campus, (810) 766-6845; or Dearborn Campus, (313) 593-5192.


    Please note the following corrections to the book:

    (1) Page 22, 2001 Health Insurance Coverage Comparison Chart, GradCare column, Prescription Drugs, delete “Mail order for 90-day supply: generic, $16 co-pay; brand-name, $37 co-pay.” Mail order is not available under GradCare.

    (2) Page 29, Legal Plan, the correct Web password for U-M faculty and staff is 2100010.

    (3) Page 35, Do You Plan to Retire in 2001? The information related to Care Choices U-M Group Senior Plan is no longer relevant. That plan will not be available in 2001. Care Choices made this decision after the book was printed.