Today at Berkeley Lab

Open Enrollment Starts Today; Resources Available to Assist

Updates include new videos that explain benefits, rising supplemental disability costs for shorter waiting periods, and Western Health Advantage expansion in northern California. Open Enrollment continues through. Nov. 25.

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Take Five to Make the Most of Benefits During Open Enrollment

All of the current medical plans will be available in 2015, with a few benefits enhancements (including chiropractic care and acupuncture) and no major changes. Open Enrollment begins at 8 a.m., Oct. 30 and runs through 5 p.m., Nov. 25. Go here to check premiums and here to view the results of the recent medical plan survey.

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Open Enrollment Starts Oct. 28; Informational Town Hall on Oct. 21

The University of California’s Open Enrollment period begins on Monday, Oct. 28 and continues until Monday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. To help employees navigate changes to and options to 2014 plans, the Lab’s Human Resources and CUCSA representatives are hosting a town hall meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Attendees will learn about the new medical plans and why changes were made, and can participate in a Q&A session. Representatives from UC and participating medical plans will also be on hand. For those unable to attend, the town hall will streamed live here. Go here for more Open Enrollment information.

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Lab Benefits Group Hosts Open Enrollment Info Sessions, 24/7 Webinar

The University of California Open Enrollment period starts Monday and continues through Nov. 20. To assist employees with this process, the Lab’s Benefits group will host a series of information sessions in the cafeteria lobby from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. They will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31, Thursday, Nov. 8, Wednesday, Nov. 14, and Monday, Nov. 19. A Powerpoint presentation will be available 24/7 on the Benefits website, starting Monday, Oct. 29.

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Benefits Open Enrollment Runs From Oct. 29 to Nov. 20

It comes like clockwork every year: UC’s annual Open Enrollment period. This year, Open Enrollment runs from 8 a.m., Oct. 29 to 5 p.m., Nov. 20. Even if you’re satisfied with your UC benefits, it’s a good idea to use the Open Enrollment period to review your benefits, the plan changes for next year, and basic information like your address on record or your beneficiaries’ addresses. Although the cost of medical premiums continues to rise, there is good news for the majority of UC employees. About 80 percent of faculty and staff across all pay bands and coverage levels will see increases of a few cents to less than $8 per month. Only two out of our eight medical plans have larger increases. Go here to view 2013 rates. More>

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Open Enrollment Ends Nov. 22; Info Sessions Scheduled

To assist Berkeley Lab employees during Open Enrollment (Oct. 31-Nov. 22), the HR Benefits Group is hosting a series of information sessions in the coming weeks and has created a website with links to information on choosing a medical plan, rates, finding a doctor, eligibility, and more. It also includes a webinar presentation on Open Enrollment. A Google calendar on the site lists all the scheduled information sessions. More>

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Open Enrollment Begins Oct. 31; Info Booklet Mailed to Employees

The University of California’s Open Enrollment, during which staff can make changes to some of their benefit plans, launches on Monday, Oct. 31, at 8 a.m. and end on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m. Employees will see only modest increases in medical plan costs for 2012, with 70 percent of employees seeing increases of less than $10 each month. In some instances, rates will actually go down next year. Go here to see the complete list of 2012 health care rates. Those enrolled in Health Net HMO Blue and Gold plan will now have access to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Services. The Lab’s HR Benefits Office will be hosting a series of information session throughout November. Look for announcements in future editions of Today at Berkeley Lab.

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Open Enrollment Ends Today

This is the last chance for employees who want to make changes to their health and welfare plans for 2011. Visit the Open Enrollment website before 5 p.m. today to take action. Remember, the costs for Health Net and Anthem Blue Cross coverage are greatly increasing, so the groups are offering two lower-cost plans as an option. Staff can also enroll eligible family members, including children up to age 26, enroll or re-enroll in a flexible spending account, or enroll in the legal plan, among other options.

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Only Six Days Left to Make Open Enrollment Changes

Employees have until 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, Nov. 23, to make UC health and welfare benefit plan changes for 2011. If you are planning to make changes, do it soon to avoid heavy usage that can cause delays in accessing the website close to the deadline. Staff can make changes to their medical plans, enroll children up to age 26, enroll or re-enroll in a flexible spending account, enroll in a legal plan, change dental plans, or change participation in the Tax Savings on Insurance Premiums program. Visit the Open Enrollment website to make any plan enrollment or coverage changes for next year. For assistance, stop by the HR Benefits Help Desk in the cafeteria lobby between noon and 1 p.m. on Monday.

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Enroll, Re-Enroll in Flexible Spending Accounts During Open Enrollment

Employees who want to enroll or re-enroll for a Flexible Spending Account can do so during Open Enrollment, which ends on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 5 p.m. Consider participating if your 2011 out-of-pocket medical expenses are expected to cost between $180 and $5,000. For 2011, non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines are not eligible for FSA reimbursement (see FSA-Update). The money is set aside in an FSA in a pre-tax account, and FSA members are issued a card that can be used to make purchases, eliminating the need to pay out-of-pocket and file a reimbursement claim. Note: any money not used or claimed by April 25, 2012 will be lost. More>

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