June 15, 2017

Human Resources announces new benefit enrollment system; action requested

Faculty and staff will see a new benefit enrollment process, as Human Resources rolls out a new benefits enrollment system beginning July 5.

The new “BenefitFocus” system will take the place of the current EBenefits enrollment tool -- and will give faculty, staff and graduate staff* a fresh, user-friendly look and feel as they enroll in and manage their benefits. (* Graduate staff on the West Lafayette campus only.)

New enrollment processes

Faculty and staff will use this new system beginning in July to manage and update their benefits for occasions such as:

* Life events (change in family status).
* Adjusting HSA contributions.
* New hire enrollments.
* Reviewing personal benefit summaries.
* Updating life insurance beneficiaries.

In August, graduate staff on the West Lafayette campus will complete the enrollment process through the new tool and then, later in the fall, employees will enroll for 2018 benefits coverage during the annual open enrollment period.

Important changes

It is important to note a few changes occurring with this transition:

• All faculty and staff will be asked to enter new beneficiary information for life insurance plans.

Some voluntary benefit plans will have carrier changes. Purdue has made arrangements that allow employees to keep their same plan coverage at the same or reduced premiums. 

• Critical Illness insurance coverage is moving from Unum to MetLife -- Employees currently covered by the Critical Illness plan through Unum will have their coverage moved automatically to MetLife. Premiums for the coverage have been decreased while the coverage levels remain the same.

• Accident Insurance coverage is moving from Trustmark to MetLife -- Employees currently covered by the Accident Insurance plan through Trustmark also will move automatically to MetLife. Again, premiums will be reduced for the same coverage levels.

• Universal Life Insurance coverage -- Employees currently covered by the Universal Life plan through Trustmark will keep the same coverage at the same premiums; however, they no longer will pay through payroll deduction.  Trustmark will send information to employees to set up direct payment arrangements.

Faculty and staff will receive letters at their homes later this month outlining details about what changes to expect with the move, and outlining actions to take. If, for some reason, an employee does not wish to continue with a current voluntary benefit due to these changes, Benefits can assist in looking at options to discontinue the coverage.

Assistance is available to help navigate the new system and answer questions by contacting Human Resources at 765-494-2222 or hr@purdue.edu.  Additional communication for faculty and staff will be shared via Purdue Today and emails as needed. 

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