Benefits open enrollment period extended; full service enrollment help available all week

November 8, 2010

The benefits open enrollment period has been extended through Wednesday, Nov. 24, to allow faculty and staff additional time to access the new online enrollment system and select their 2011 benefits. A full array of resources and assistance is available through this week. 
* Walk-in labs are available today through Friday.
Locations include Lilly Hall, Freehafer Hall, Beering Hall, Krannert Building and Physics Building. Check the online schedule for dates and times at each location. To make the best use of available counselors, walk-in labs at the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility (IAF), Lynn Hall and Stanley Coulter Hall have been canceled.  
* One-on-one appointments will allow employees to avoid waiting at a walk-in lab. To schedule an appointment, go to or contact the toll-free call center at 877-328-3604 and select option 3. Please arrange your appointment 48 hours in advance.
* Benefit presentations are offered today, Tuesday and Thursday.

* Phone assistance is provided through Staff Benefits customer service at 49-42222. Service is available from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
* Benefits information is available on the Staff Benefits website at and through the online benefits enrollment system at
Beginning the week of Nov. 15, face-to-face assistance will be available through the Staff Benefits office in Freehafer Hall.
Staff Benefits is encouraging faculty and staff to enroll well before the Nov. 24 deadline. Enrolling sooner will allow employees to avoid high traffic on the online enrollment system, resulting in faster service, and will ensure that benefit ID cards and accounts are ready to go for the first of the new year.   

Faculty and staff who do not enroll will have the same coverage in 2011 as they have had in 2010, with one exception: Any contributions the employee has been making to a flexible spending account (FSA) or a health savings account (HSA) will end.