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November 8, 2013

Human Resources making courtesy phone calls to faculty, staff who have not enrolled for 2014

Human Resources is making courtesy phone calls to employees who have not yet enrolled for their 2014 benefits. The calls began this week, and a big effort is planned for this Saturday (Nov. 9).

"The consequences of not enrolling are very significant this year," says Eva Nodine, director of benefits in Human Resources. "That's why we're making an extra effort to reach out to faculty and staff who haven't yet selected a medical plan or opted out of Purdue medical coverage through EBenefits."

Faculty and staff who don't enroll by 6 p.m. (ET) Nov. 15 will see the following effects on their 2014 benefits:

* Everyone who does not choose a 2014 medical plan or opt out of coverage for next year through EBenefits will be enrolled automatically for 2014 in the highest-deductible medical plan, the Purdue Health Plan Plus HSA 2. This automatic enrollment extends even to those who are currently opted out of Purdue medical coverage.

* Although the employee will be enrolled in the Purdue Health Plan Plus HSA 2, the employee will not have a health savings account (HSA) through the University in 2014 and will not receive an HSA contribution from Purdue. Purdue can only open an HSA for an employee when the employee authorizes it during benefits open enrollment.

* The employee may be able to open an HSA through a financial institution, but will not be able to open an HSA through Purdue next year.

* Family members currently covered on the employee's Purdue medical plan will be enrolled automatically in the Purdue Health Plan Plus HSA 2 for 2014.

* The employee and any covered spouse/same-sex domestic partner (SSDP) of the employee will be charged the $500 per person annual tobacco-user additional premium.

* The employee will be charged tobacco-user rates on any additional employee term life insurance he or she carries.

* The employee will have no contributions to a flexible spending account (including health care, limited purpose and dependent care FSAs).

* Other 2013 benefits will roll forward to 2014.

"Because we have all new medical plans for 2014, it's not possible to roll the 2013 medical coverage forward to next year," Nodine says.

Employees enroll by going to the Purdue Employee Portal at www.purdue.edu/employeeportal, choosing the EBenefits link at the top of the portal and signing on using their Purdue career account username and password.

Resources are available to help employees understand their 2014 options and enroll by the deadline. Contact the Human Resources Service Center at 765-494-2222, hr@purdue.edu or HR Help.