2005-2006 Open Enrollment: April 11-22
Don’t miss your annual opportunity to make changes to your healthcare benefits. Open Enrollment for the 2005-2006 plan year begins next Monday, April 11. Make your benefit changes online 24 hours-a-day at www.upenn.edu/u@penn (click on “Open Enrollment” under “Announcements”). Any changes must be made by Friday, April 22, and will take effect as of July 1, 2005.
You will receive personalized information at your home address this week. You should take note of some important plan changes affecting medical and dental coverage. We also encourage you to attend the Open Enrollment and Health Fairs that will be held on campus this Thursday, April 7 in Houston Hall and next Tuesday, April 12 in BRB II/III from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Faculty and staff at New Bolton Center can attend an Open Enrollment Fair next Wednesday, April 13 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in Alumni Hall.
You can take advantage of several upcoming health and wellness activities during this time. Free health screenings and information will be available at the Open Enrollment and Health Fairs on April 7 and 12. In addition, wellness and fitness workshops will be offered on April 7 and 8. Note that you must pre-register for these free workshops as well as for cholesterol screenings at the fair on April 7.
In the meantime, keep in mind these important reminders about Open Enrollment:
• Dependent Children Age 19 and Over—If you don’t certify the student status of your dependent children age 19-23 during Open Enrollment, they will not be covered as of July 1, 2005. This certification must be done every year online or by calling the Penn Benefits Center. Non-disabled children over age 19 may only be covered if they are full-time college students, and only up to the end of the plan year in which they turn 23 years of age. For information on covering disabled children, contact your health plan directly.
• Pre-Tax Expense Accounts—If you are currently enrolled in a Pre-Tax Expense Account (Health Care or Dependent Care), remember that your current annual election amount will automatically roll over for next year unless you make a change during Open Enrollment.
• Go “Paperless”—You can make the choice not to receive bulky enrollment materials in the mail when you elect to go “paperless.” If you make this election, you will simply receive one-page notifications when you are eligible to make benefit changes (Open Enrollment or status changes during the year). The notifications will include key information, and full materials will be available online for you to view or print. Simply use the online enrollment system to make your paperless election.
See last week’s Almanac for more detailed information about Open Enrollment, or visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu (click on “Open Enrollment” under “Benefits”). You can also call the Penn Benefits Center at 1-888-PENNBEN (1-888-736-6236) if you have any questions.
—Division of Human Resources
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 27, April 5, 2005