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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - September 2019

By Mary Jane Chew

Across Our Campus

Improved process aims for easier benefits enrollment for 2020

Here are some of the initial improvements employees can expect as they prepare for open enrollment, which will be Oct. 29 through Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.

  • Enhanced website: The Benefits website has been redesigned to be more user-friendly. Information is now easier to find. As part of the new site design, a dedicated open enrollment webpage serves as the online resource for open enrollment 2020. Additionally, two new categories/tiles were added to provide a simple way to access the following resources.
    • Smart Healthcare gives employees a quick look at resources to help them find the best care at the most cost-effective prices based on Purdue’s medical plans.
    • Quick Reference provides quick access to FAQs, provider contacts, HR/Benefit forms, HR policies and more.
  • Accessible benefits guide: The benefits guide will be provided solely in electronic format this year. It will be sent via email to every benefits-eligible employee’s Purdue email address. Note: Hard copies will not be delivered to campus addresses. However, the guide will be located on the dedicated enrollment webpage so employees can access it anytime and print a copy.
  • Earlier communication of benefit changes: The University communicated benefit changes earlier this month via Purdue Today to give employees time to look into how any changes might affect them. More detailed information will be distributed weekly between now and open enrollment.
  • Personalized benefit statements mailed to homes: Recently, employees received personalized benefits statements at their homes reflecting their current benefits elections, retirement contributions and Healthy Boiler incentive earnings. This statement is intended to assist each employee in planning for open enrollment 2020.
  • More resources to help employees make benefits decisions: The Purdue Benefits team will offer live presentations and walk-in labs for those who want an overview of changes or have questions (see dates here). Plus, in mid-September an employee can set up a one-on-one appointment with a member of the HR Service Center to discuss health plans or ask other questions. Details on scheduling one-on-one assistance will be shared soon.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to watch for more detailed information throughout the coming months about 2020 benefits and open enrollment, which will be sent via email, contained in Healthy Boiler newsletters and Purdue Today, and provided online via the dedicated enrollment webpage.

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