July 27, 2017

New benefit enrollment system Benefitfocus in effect

As Benefitfocus -- the new benefit enrollment and management tool – nears the end of its first month of use, Human Resources – Benefits would like to thank employees for their patience during the transition and for sharing feedback on the tool. The information provided has been very useful and adjustments have been made based on that feedback to improve the user experience.


All employees are asked to update their life insurance beneficiary information, even if the employee only has the basic coverage level provided by the University at no cost to them. For assistance on how to navigate the tool to update beneficiary information, follow the “Benefitfocus Detailed Add/Change Beneficiary Instructions.” The instructions that were sent out via mail had to be adjusted so please use these updated instructions.

While in the tool, it’s also recommended that employees review their personal benefit summaries, just to confirm that the information looks correct from the transition.  Any discrepancies should be reported to Human Resources to investigate.

Employees paid on a monthly pay cycle will see their first pay using Benefitfocus for benefit deductions on July 31, 2017, and employees paid on a biweekly pay cycle will see their first full pay using Benefitfocus for benefit deductions in their Aug. 2, 2017, pay. Employees are encouraged to review those deductions on their pay stubs and compare deductions to past pay dates, taking into account merit increases, which may affect some deductions. Deductions for benefits such as medical and dental premiums should remain the same except for employees who crossed above the $44,000 annual salary tier following merit increases. Again, any discrepancies should be reported to Human Resources to investigate.

More information on Benefitfocus is available

A dedicated web page is in place to assist faculty and staff through the transition to the new tool. The web page contains many useful resources including detailed instructions on updating beneficiaries, important changes to be aware of and more.

Assistance is also available to help navigate the new system and answer questions by contacting Human Resources at 765-494-2222 or hr@purdue.edu. Faculty and staff from the Purdue Northwest or Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne campuses should contact their campus Human Resources office.

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