The University Record, October 8, 2001

What’s New for Open Enrollment 2001

By Cathy Mellett
Benefits Office

Open Enrollment 2001 begins today (Oct. 8) and continues through Oct. 19. University employees should call the Benefits Enrollment Line (BEL) to enroll or re-enroll in a Flexible Spending Account for 2002 or to make changes in benefits for 2002. It is important to review Open Enrollment materials and Personal Enrollment Worksheet when received, make decisions and call BEL early. BEL will close at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19.

New for Open Enrollment 2001:

2002 Rates

Plan rates will change for all medical, Blue Cross Blue Shield Prescription Drug, dental, and legal plans. Rates will not change for any life insurance plans or the vision plan.

Prescription Drug Changes

The United of Omaha prescription drug card program now offers a mail order service to all Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan/United Major Medical participants.

For more information, call (800) 889-0375.

Effective Jan. 1, 2002, the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBSM) Prescription Drug Plan (Group #68719) co-pays will be adjusted from $4 for generic and $7 for brand-name drugs to $4 for generic and $8 for brand-name drugs. The BCBSM Prescription Drug Plan (Group #68714) that currently has a $2 co-pay will be replaced by a new plan (Group #68706) with a $4 co-pay.

For AFSCME, Trades, and IUOE members, prescription drugs will continue to be covered through a separately negotiated prescription drug plan administered by BCBSM. For these groups, prescription drugs will not be covered through M-CARE HMO, Care Choices HMO, Health Alliance Plan, M-CARE Point-of-Service or the Comprehensive Major Medical plans.

M-CARE Residency Policy Changes

Beginning Jan. 1, 2002, the M-CARE HMO and M-CARE Point-of-Service medical plans will require that a member live within 50 miles of the plan service area. If a member lives in the 50-mile area adjacent to the service area, that member is required to complete a Residency Acknowledgment Form. Existing members living outside of the 50-mile area adjacent to the service area, but within the state of Michigan, will be allowed to remain in M-CARE until terminatation of enrollment with M-CARE.

Members residing in another state or another country will be terminated from M-CARE effective January 2002, with the exception of those members in the Toledo, Ohio, area who reside within the 50-mile adjacent area.

Exceptions are made for members transferred to employment outside of the service area on a temporary basis for less than six continuous months and for members on sabbatical.

The M-CARE Senior Plan requires members to be a resident of the service area without exception.

M-CARE U-M Group Senior Plan

Due to capacity limits, the M-CARE U-M Group Senior Plan will no longer accept new enrollments under its Medicare + Choice contract. Current Group Senior Plan members are not affected by this change. Also, retirees who are enrolled in other M-CARE plans are still able to enroll in the M-CARE U-M Group Senior Plan when they become eligible for Medicare.

For more information, visit the Benefits Web site at To request benefits plan books, call the HR/Payroll Service Center, (734) 615-2000 or (866) 647-7657 (toll free), or send e-mail to and include the name or description of the material, name, address and daytime telephone number.