As open enrollment for 2016 health-care benefits begins today, Human Resources and Talent Development officials are spreading the word about concierge services available to help walk employees through their options. Employees must enroll by Saturday, Oct. 31.
Different than in years past, all employees will need to re-enroll and select a benefits plan. Doing so will ensure that employees are making the most appropriate benefits choices to meet their changing lifestyle needs, are taking advantage of enhancements to benefit plans, and are preparing to participate in “Healthy U” wellness initiatives.
Also new this year, while examining current health-care needs, employees will be required to recertify eligibility for their covered dependents. To do so, employees will submit verification documents for spouses, dependent children and domestic partners. A new feature has been developed where employees can upload their documentation through mobile devices. The list of acceptable documentation can be found here.
“This is precisely the area that Human Resources and Talent Development representatives can help employees navigate,” said Jovita Thomas-Williams, vice president and chief human resources officer. “While this year’s process is more intensive than in past years, by taking this step, we won’t need to repeat this process for a number of years going forward.”
Employees with questions or who would like to schedule an appointment with a benefits representative can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, to assist in understanding the available benefits plans, Human Resources has scheduled a series of information sessions across all UT campuses during the first and second weeks of October. A listing of the sessions can be found here. Employees are encouraged to attend one of the information sessions.
“Simply put, we want to help you make this process as seamless as possible,” Thomas-Williams said.
Beginning Oct. 1, employees will be able to access the open enrollment website through the employee tab inside the myUT portal. Computers will be available for employee access Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Human Resources offices in Academic Services Center Room 1000 on Scott Park Campus.