The University Record, September 17, 2001

Mark your calendars: Open Enrollment period is Oct. 8–19

By Vivian Byrd

Human Resource and Affirmative Action

The Benefits Office has announced the 2001 Open Enrollment schedule for choosing or changing benefits for 2002. Open Enrollment is an annual period when everyone who is eligible for benefits from the University has an opportunity to make changes to their benefits plan. It is important that all faculty and staff be aware of the following dates:

  • Sept. 21—Books will be mailed to active faculty and staff through Campus Mail, and to retirees through U.S. Mail.
  • Sept. 28—Personal enrollment worksheets will be mailed through U.S. Mail.
  • Oct. 8–19—Open Enrollment.
  • Oct. 29–Nov. 2—First confirmation mailed.
  • Nov. 5–16—Adjustment period.
  • Nov. 26–30—Final confirmation mailed.
  • Jan. 1, 2002—Effective date of benefits choices.

    If you have questions, there are many ways to get more information about your benefits, including:

  • HR/Payroll Service Center. Call the HR/Payroll Service Center, (734) 615-2000 or 1-866-647-7657. Service Center representatives are available to answer your questions 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Mon.–Fri.
  • E-mail your questions. Send e-mail questions to benefits.office@umich.edu. Be sure to include your U-M ID or U.S. Social Security number in your message.
  • Benefits Office Web site. Browse the Benefits Office Web site for timely information at www.umich.edu/~benefits/. Open Enrollment information will be on the Web site beginning Oct. 1.
  • Visit a Benefits Office. The Central Campus and Medical Campus offices are open on a walk-in basis for a consultation with a Benefits representative. Both the Flint and Dearborn campus representatives ask that you call ahead for an appointment.
  • Benefits AnswerLine. To hear recorded information and have benefits forms faxed directly to your home or office fax machine, call the Benefits AnswerLine, (734) 647-2375, and select category 6150. A greeting and series of prompts will guide you to the information you want.
  • Publications. The Benefits Office has many publications available, from benefits plan books and brochures to information kits such as the Retirement Planning Kit. Send e-mail and include in your message the name or description of the material you want, your name, address and daytime telephone number.
  • e-Newsletter. To receive up-to-date benefits and employment information, subscribe to the HRAA News. This e-mail newsletter is available to anyone who works at the University. To subscribe, send e-mail to hraanews-request@umich.edu. Type “subscribe” in the subject line of the message.