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New employees must enroll to have Purdue medical coverage in 2012

If the new employees you hire in 2012 want Purdue medical insurance, be sure they sign up during their initial 30-day enrollment period. Those who don’t enroll will default to a benefits package with no medical coverage.   

Human Resources is changing both the benefits enrollment process and the default benefits coverage for new employees, effective Jan. 1, 2012. 

Under next year’s arrangement, each new employee will receive a benefits enrollment guide through campus mail. In addition, HR will send an email to the employee’s @purdue.edu email address. The email message will inform the employee about the process for enrolling in benefits, plus the benefits package the employee will receive if he or she does not enroll. 

New hires will have 30 days from the date they receive the notification email from Human Resources to enroll in their benefits for the remainder of 2012. HR will send a reminder email 10 days before the deadline and another reminder five days before the deadline, if the employee has not enrolled. Employees may change their benefit enrollment as often as they choose during their initial open enrollment period, but once the 30-day window closes, no changes will be allowed.

New employees who do not enroll in benefits within the 30-day window will default to the following basic benefits package:

  • No health plan coverage
  • Term life insurance equaling 1½ times annual budgeted salary, not to exceed $500,000
  • Accidental death and dismemberment insurance of $15,000
  • Long term disability coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Retirement plan associated with the employee’s position

Human Resources will offer one-on-one enrollment help for all interested new employees. The information provided in this article will be explained in the new employee’s benefits enrollment guide.

As a supervisor, you play a major role in helping your new employees understand the importance of their 30-day initial open enrollment period and in making them aware of the benefits assistance available from HR.

If you have questions or comments, please contact me at 49-49514 or through my email address below.  

- Teresa Wesner, HR customer service manager
  HR Service Center

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