Variety of resources help employees through benefits open enrollment
November 11, 2011Human Resources and the companies that administer Purdue's benefits offer a number of tools and resources to help employees understand their benefit options and make solid choices for 2012.
* PayFlex's HealthHub website, purdue.healthhub.com: Employees who participate in a 2012 flexible spending account (FSA) will have access to the full function of this site once they receive their FSA ID number in late December. Until then, the site provides general information, including a calculator to figure how much to put aside in an FSA and lists of eligible and ineligible FSA expenses. Employees may use the site now, but should not register on the site until Jan. 1, 2012.
* Cigna's website, www.mycignaplans.com: Compare out-of-pocket costs for Purdue's three 2012 medical plans. Enter the user ID "Purdue2012" and the password "cigna."
* Remaining live presentations and walk-in labs: See the schedule under the Enrollment Resources section at www.purdue.edu/hr/Benefits/enroll.html.
* Recorded presentations: Employees who are unable to attend a live presentation or who want to review the information again can access recorded presentations around-the-clock. Find the link under the Enrollment Resources section at www.purdue.edu/hr/Benefits/enroll.html.
* One-on-one universal life or critical illness appointments with a certified counselor: Call 855-892-6224 to talk with a counselor or book an appointment through the link in the Enrollment Resources section at www.purdue.edu/hr/Benefits/enroll.html.
* Sample employee scenarios, www.purdue.edu/hr/Benefits/EmployeeMedicalExamples.html: See how Purdue's three 2012 medical plans work out for a diverse group of make-believe Purdue employees.
* Premium Difference Calculator, https://www2.itap.purdue.edu/bs/hrcalculators/benefitsplan2012/index.cfm: An online tool to calculate an employee's medical premium increase or decrease for 2012, depending on the medical plan option the employee chooses.
* Dependent eligibility information, www.purdue.edu/hr/Benefits/eligible_dependents.html: With changes to medical plan dependent eligibility rules introduced by health care reform, some voluntary benefit programs, such as dental and critical illness, have matched those rules for their programs. Because the criteria vary by benefit, check this information as you enroll.
Open enrollment ends at midnight on Nov. 24.
* To enroll and certify tobacco-user status (non-tobacco user, tobacco user, or tobacco user who has completed an approved cessation program), go to www.ebenefits.com/purdue.
* Visit the open enrollment Web page for resources and information, www.purdue.edu/hr/Benefits/enroll.html.
* Call 49-42222 or your regional campus HR office for open enrollment assistance.