Open enrollment, a time to enroll in or change benefit options, will be Oct. 1028, one week longer than previous years. There will be changes for most staff members. In addition, four new programs, the beginning of flexible benefits, will be available to regular, non-bargained-for staff.
Active staff members will have the opportunity again this year to use the Benefits Enrollment Line (BEL), an interactive telephone line, to record their choices. The BEL will be open 7:30 a.m.11 p.m. EST. It will close at 4:30 p.m. EST on Oct. 28, the last day of open enrollment.
Each active staff member will receive an enrollment package in early October that will explain the enrollment line and provide information on the various benefits. An individualized worksheet will be included in the package. It will tell staff members what benefits they are presently enrolled in and what changes they can make.
Retired University staff members will not need to use the BEL. The package of information they will receive in early October will contain an enrollment form which they must complete and return by Oct. 28 if they wish to make changes. A retiree health fair will be held 24 p.m., Oct. 12, at the Holiday Inn, 2900 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Retirees are invited to attend and ask questions about the various changes in health care coverage.
Whats new or changed for open enrollment, 1994:
Flexible benefits will be introduced in phases over several years. For 1995, non-bargained-for, regular, active staff members may choose from four new insurance options:
Open Enrollment Fairs will be held to highlight the new benefit plans and offer staff members a chance to ask questions. A chart comparing the benefits of the medical plans will also be available at the fairs.
Fair dates are:
Tues., Oct. 11, 10 a.m.2 p.m., Dearborn Campus, Recreation and Organizations Center. Presentation at noon.
Thurs., Oct. 13, 15 p.m., Flint Campus, Michigan Rooms A and B. Presentation at 2:30 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 18, 9 a.m.5 p.m., Central Campus, Rackham Building. Presentations at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 20, 9 a.m.3 p.m., North Campus, Chrysler Center Auditorium. Presentations at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 24, 15 p.m., Medical Campus, University Hospital, Ford Auditorium. Presentation at 3 p.m.
The presentations will address only the new benefit plans.
Staff members should look for the open enrollment package that will be coming to their home address in early October. Those who dont receive one should contact the Benefits Office at 763-1214 to request a duplicate enrollment package.
Future Record articles will give details on the new benefit plans.