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From Human Resources
April 8, 2008, Volume 54, No. 28

Health Aware
Health Aware is an ongoing series designed to help you be proactive in managing your health and healthcare by taking advantage of the many resources available to you as a Penn employee.

Open Enrollment Has Begun

As of Monday, April 7, Open Enrollment for the 2008–2009 benefits plan year has begun. This means that from now through Friday, April 18, you can make any changes you like to your benefits package. Enroll in, switch or drop your healthcare plan(s); change your pre-tax expense account contribution level or amount of life insurance; add or remove a dependent from your coverage; it’s up to you.

By now, you should have received your personalized Open Enrollment packets at your home address. Be sure to examine the Open Enrollment guide to learn about your healthcare coverage options, as well as the changes being made to existing plans in the upcoming plan year. Detailed information about Open Enrollment is also available online from the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu.

To make changes to your benefits coverage at any time during the Open Enrollment period, log on to www.upenn.edu/u@penn and click on “Open Enrollment” in the “Announcements” section at the top-left of the page. If you don’t have internet access, or are having problems enrolling online, please contact the Penn Benefits Center at 1-888-PENN-BEN (1-888-736-6236), Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

Dependent Eligibility Audit Amnesty Reminder

This year, Open Enrollment also serves as an amnesty period ahead of the upcoming dependent eligibility audit. This means that between April 7-18, you can remove ineligible dependents from your benefits coverage with no penalties and no questions asked.

When the dependent eligibility audit begins in May, Penn faculty and staff who have elected to cover dependents for the 2008–2009 plan year will be asked to provide documentation verifying the eligibility of those dependents for coverage under Penn’s plan rules. Individuals covering ineligible or unverified dependents once the new plan year starts (July 1, 2008) may face financial penalties and the removal of unverified dependents from their healthcare coverage. Depending on the circumstances, there may be further consequences as well.

More information about the audit, including the rules governing dependent eligibility and a list of acceptable documents to verify eligibility for different types of dependents, is available on the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu.

Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day 
If you have children ages 9–15, bring them to Penn for this year’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” On Thursday, April 24, organizations from across the campus will host a range of special activities in honor of this event. Discount meal and beverage options will also be available throughout the day. Activities will include:

•   Robot Lab Fun

•   Beginning Rock Climbing

•   Thinking About Your Future: How to Get to the Career of Your Dreams

•   Penn Museum Tour

•   Police and Public Safety Careers

•   Penn Relay Track Meet Tickets

•   WXPN Radio Station Tour

•   Cupcake Decorating Demonstration

•   Science Experiments with the Society for Women Engineers

•   Robotics “GRASP” Lab Tour

•   Handling Peer Pressure and Bullying

•   And more…

Please note that adult sponsors must have supervisory approval and must accompany their young guests at all times. Online pre-registration* is required to attend Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day activities. Registering is quick and easy—instructions are available from the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/Quality/DaughterSon.aspx.

*Each registration is valid for one adult and one child guest. If you would like to bring more than one child as a guest, please contact Human Resources at the number below.

If you have questions about Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day activities, registration or meal and beverage discount options, please visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/Quality/DaughterSon.aspx or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-0380 or kraut@exchange.upenn.edu.

—Division of Human Resources




Almanac - April 8, 2008, Volume 54, No. 28