October 25, 2018

First week of benefits open enrollment for 2019 wraps up tomorrow; enrollment deadline Nov. 5

The first week of benefits open enrollment for 2019 is coming to a close. As a reminder, this weekend is one of only two weekends during the enrollment time frame. Enrollment ends at 6 p.m. ET Nov. 5. Faculty and staff who have not yet enrolled for their 2019 benefits are encouraged to do so. No changes to benefit plans will be accepted after that date unless there is a qualifying life event (change in family status).

Two changes to the 2019 medical plans have been announced via a memorandum distributed on Tuesday (Oct. 23). Employees are encouraged to review this information before enrolling.

Although no changes from 2018 will be made to the spousal coverage policy for 2019, the Benefitfocus enrollment survey that employees complete while enrolling will still ask a question about spousal coverage. Employees must select a response to move forward with completing their enrollment; however, the response will not affect their 2019 benefits, and it does not matter which response is selected.

The dedicated website for open enrollment 2019 provides all the need-to-know information for faculty and staff to ensure they make the best selections for themselves and their families. From the website, faculty and staff can access not only the detailed, step-by-step instructions to enroll, but also medical and prescription information as well to help them select coverage best-suited to their needs.

Those who prefer face-to-face opportunities to discuss their plan selection have the opportunity to do so on all three campuses throughout open enrollment. Employees and their spouses who are turning 65 in 2019 are particularly encouraged to attend the Medicare presentation.

Live presentation and walk-in labs

Below is the schedule for today (Oct. 25).

* West Lafayette
-- Live presentation, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Stewart Center, Room 310 
-- Live presentation, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Stewart Center, Room 313
-- Medicare and HSAs presentation, 1-2 p.m., Stewart Center, Room 313
-- Walk-in lab, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Kurz Purdue Technology Center, Conference Room 2
-- Walk-in lab, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Pfendler Hall, Room 103
-- Walk-in lab, 8:30-4:30 p.m., Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry, Room 114
-- Walk-in lab, 5-7 p.m., McCutcheon Hall Room C217

* Purdue Northwest
-- Hammond: Live presentation, 2 a.m., Schneider Avenue Building, Room 90
-- Hammond: Walk-in lab, 9-11 a.m., Powers Building, Room 204
-- Westville: Walk-in lab, 1-3 p.m., Technology Building, Room 298

* Purdue Fort Wayne
-- Live presentation, 4:30 p.m.,  Kettler Hall, Room 119
-- Walk-in lab, 10-11:30 a.m., Kettler Hall, Room G13 (Banner Room)

Human Resources can be contacted at 765-494-2222, hr@purdue.edu or HRHelp (secure email path) for additional assistance if needed. Faculty and staff at Fort Wayne and Purdue Northwest campuses may also contact their campus HR offices for assistance at 260-481-6684 and 219-989-2251, respectively.

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