Open Enrollment 2000-2001: April 17-28
You will soon have the opportunity to elect your benefits for the new
plan year, July 1, 2000, to June 30, 2001, during the annual Open Enrollment
period that begins April 17 and runs through April 28, 2000.
You can conveniently enroll via the Internet or by calling the Penn
Benefits Center. The Internet web page provides links to provider directories
and allows you to enroll on-line, 24 hours a day, and print your confirmation
statement at the time of your enrollment. You can log on from your home
or office or use a computer at either of the following locations: Rosengarten
Reserve (ground level of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library) or Todays Penn Partnership
Office (3550 Market Street, Suite 110). You may also enroll by calling the
Penn Benefits Center at 1-888-PENNBEN (1-888-736-6236).
Look for additional Open Enrollment information in Almanac in
upcoming weeks, including publication of the health care rates for the plan
New for 2000-2001
- Reimbursement on the Prescription Drug Plan will now be at 90% for
generic drugs and 70% for brand name drugs. This includes mental health
drugs. If there is no generic substitute for the brand name or if the
physician does not allow a generic substitute, reimbursement will be at
- The Prescription Drug Plan, which is administered by PCS Prescriptions,
will be administered by Caremark Prescription Services. Please note, HUP
pharmacy has been added as a participating pharmacy for your convenience.
As is the case currently, you will not have to make a separate election
for this coverage.
- The co-pay differential between the UPHS network of physicians and
the other physicians in the Point of Service (POS) plan and HMOs will be
eliminated in order to simplify the administration of the plan. This will
generally mean a $5-$10 increase in co-pays for the UPHS network in the
POS and a $5 co-pay increase for the Aetna and Keystone HMOs.
- The number of mental health inpatient days has been increased from
30 or 35 days to 60 days for the Aetna and Keystone HMOs and in-network
portion of the Point of Service (POS) plan.
The following Benefits Fairs will give you the opportunity to talk with
providers and pick up new provider directories:
- April 18--Sheraton University City Hotel, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- April 20--New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Health and Welfare representatives will be available from:
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield
- Aetna US Healthcare
- Penn Faculty Practice Plan
- Clarity Vision
- CNA Insurance
Additional information on other benefits/ programs not subject to Open
Enrollment will be available from:
- HR Benefits/Hewitt Assoc.
- Quality of Worklife
Change of Address? Please advise your Business Administrator
so that your mailing address will be updated in the system.
--Division of Human Resources
Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 25, March 21, 2000
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