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July 19, 2013

Information and tools help employees understand medical plans, make decisions for 2014

Faculty and staff will have three new medical plan options for 2014. Human Resources has planned a wide variety of ways for employees to get what they need to make an informed decision.

"We're particularly excited about a medical plan comparison tool that will take each employee's past claims and show how the employee would fare on each of the 2014 medical options, if they had a similar year," says Eva Nodine, director of benefits in Human Resources. "If the employee anticipates that 2014 claims will vary from their 2013 experience, they have the option to increase or decrease claims when running their 2014 estimates." 

According to Nodine, the tool will fill in automatically with the employee's past claims data. "No searching through your insurance paperwork or looking up your history on the Web," she says. Using the tool, which will be available later this fall, will be easy and will take only about 10 minutes of the employee's time.

Other resources for employees will include:

* The Benefits website: The central location for all information and tools related to the 2014 medical plans and benefits open enrollment. Go to www.purdue.edu/benefits and click the top link for information about 2014 medical plans.

* Presentations to the general Purdue community and to smaller groups, including individual departments, as requested. To invite HR to a meeting in your area, email Janine Gulbranson at jcspence@purdue.edu.

* Walk-in labs during open enrollment.

* Ongoing coverage in Purdue Today.

* Coverage in a new HR e-newsletter, which will launch this fall.

* APSAC and CSSAC newsletters.

* Email from Human Resources.

Customer service is available, as usual, through these sources:

* Call 49-42222.
* Email hr@purdue.edu.
* Visit HR Help, a secure Web system that safeguards messages sent between the employee and Human Resources. HR Help protects the employee's privacy at a higher level than ordinary email can.