The University Record, October 23, 2000

Open Enrollment ends this week

Editor’s Note: Click here for an article on Reimbursement Accounts.

By Cathy Mellett
Human Resources/Affirmative Action

Open Enrollment 2000 for 2001 benefits ends this week. Here are some reminders that you may find helpful about the Open Enrollment season and process.

Do you need to call BEL?

If you wish to make changes to your benefits for 2001 and/or to enroll in a Reimbursement Account (Health Care or Dependent Care), you need to call BEL (Benefits Enrollment Line) before 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27.

Benefits Enrollment Line (BEL)

Call BEL to make your Open Enrollment 2000 choices for your 2001 benefits. BEL will be open for your call 7:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m. every day during Open Enrollment. BEL will close at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27.

From Ann Arbor, call (734) 763-0425; from elsewhere in the United States, call (800) 236-1492. Note: 800 numbers do not work outside the United States.

For information about how to make your call, review the “How to Use BEL/Personal Worksheet Information” brochure enclosed with your Personal Worksheet or the section on how to make your call in the Open Enrollment book. Call early to avoid a busy signal.

Confirmation Statements

Approximately one week after Open Enrollment ends, Confirmation Statements will be mailed to everyone who is eligible for benefits at the University. Check your statement carefully to be sure it is correct. The statement will show the benefit plans you selected for 2001, as well as 2001 coverage information for each of your dependents.

Adjustment Period

If you find errors on your Confirmation Statement, or if you decide to change any of your elections for 2001, you can call BEL during the Adjustment Period, Nov. 6–22, to make changes or corrections. The Benefits Enrollment Line (BEL) is open 7:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m. (ET) every day during the Adjustment Period, including weekends. BEL will close at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 22.


The Benefits Office has books, brochures, and other materials on most of the plans. If you have questions about specific plans, visit the company’s Web site or call the plan company directly. Web addresses and phone numbers for the plans are in the Open Enrollment book. If you have questions about changes for 2001, contact the Benefits Office most convenient to you for answers: Main Campus, (734) 763-1214; Medical Campus, (734) 764-6845; U-M-Flint, (810) 766-6845; U-M-Dearborn, (313) 593-5192.

Information related to Open Enrollment is on the Benefits Office Web site,

New plan books are available for 2001 Reimbursement Accounts and for the new University Life Insurance and Optional Life Insurance plans for flexible benefits-eligible faculty and staff. To request books, send an e-mail message to Include in your message your name, the book you wish to receive, the address you wish the book sent to and a phone number where you can be reached during the day. Allow 10 business days for receipt of the materials.