HR asking employees to list beneficiary information in EBenefits during open enrollment

October 24, 2012  

Faculty and staff will gain added convenience when EBenefits, Purdue's online benefits system, becomes the official record of beneficiaries for the University's term life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance. Currently, this information is kept in the records of Minnesota Life.

The change will consolidate benefit information into a single website, making it easier for faculty and staff to manage their benefits, particularly when they have experienced a life change event. For example, when an employee is in EBenefits to add a new spouse or a baby to medical coverage, the employee can make related beneficiary changes at the same time through a simple additional step.

To assist with this change, Human Resources is asking all employees to list their beneficiaries for these plans in EBenefits during this year's benefits open enrollment, Oct. 29-Nov. 16. Employees who choose not to list beneficiaries during open enrollment may list them at any time through EBenefits, beginning Oct. 29, and preferably before Dec. 31.

After the first of the year, HR will individually contact those who haven't recorded their beneficiaries in EBenefits. "We'll provide assistance to help ensure that everyone has their beneficiaries up-to-date and properly recorded," says Luis E. Lewin, vice president for human resources.

Benefits-eligible employees will receive a letter in their home mail that lists beneficiaries currently recorded with Minnesota Life. This letter was originally planned to arrive the week of Oct. 15, but will now be sent later in the month to coincide with benefits open enrollment, when employees will be in EBenefits to make benefit choices for 2013.

Faculty and staff may contact the HR Service Center at 49-42222 or for assistance or more information.

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