2015 Open Enrollment
November 1 - December 1, 2014
It's time for Open Enrollment for benefits for 2015!
Open Enrollment begins on November 1 and will end on December 1, 2014 at 4:45 PM. During this time, you may enroll in, cancel or make changes to your benefits elections.
Open Enrollment announcements and information have been mailed to the campus address of all benefits eligible employees.
You may access additional information about the Open Enrollment process, the benefits that are available to you and the changes to benefits for 2015 via the links below.
"Getting Ready for 2015" Benefits Fair
AUM Human Resources will host the 2015 Benefits Fair on November 5, 2014, in the Taylor Center, Rooms 221-223, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Payroll and Employee Benefits will be hosting the 2015 Employee Benefits Fair on November 12-13, 2014 at the new Recreation and Wellness Center, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Do I Need to Enroll if I Don't Want to Make Any Changes?
If you are currently enrolled in health, dental, vision and cancer insurance and you don't want to make any changes to your coverages, there is nothing you need to do to continue them - no action on your part will be deemed to represent your wish for your elections to carry over into 2015. However, if you are currently enrolled in the Flexible Spending Account, you must re-enroll or your FSA contributions will end as of December 31, 2014.
TO ENROLL OR MAKE CHANGES:
Health, Dental or Vision Plans
Forms may be obtained from Payroll & Employee Benefits or printed as follows:
Enrollment in the Auburn University Dental Plan requires a two-year commitment.
To enroll your dependents in the health, dental or vision plans, you must provide proof of dependent eligibility. Appropriate documentation varies but may include (see Dependent Eligibility):
Cancer and Supplemental Life and Disability
To enroll or change your participation in these products, contact Johnson+Sterling, Inc. locally at 334-887-5533, toll-free at 866-887-5533 or by e-mail at AUBenefits@johnsonsterling.com. A representative will attend each Benefit Fair and will be available at 212 Ingram Hall for walk-ins on November 3, 4, 13, 14, 19, 20, 24, and 25, and December 1. A representative will also be at AUM Human Resources for walk-ins on November 6, 18 and December 1. If you would like to make an appointment, please contact Kori Davis by phone at 334-887-5533, or 800-451-6861.
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA's)
Open Enrollment for the Flexible Spending Account plans runs concurrently with Open Enrollment for all other benefits. Remember that Auburn University elected to offer a Carryover Provision, allowing you to carryover up to $500 of unused Medical Spending Account funds into the next plan year. Additional information about this new plan feature and about FSA Open Enrollment is included in the Flex Open Enrollment packet mailed to your office address.
Continued participation in Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) requires re-enrollment each plan year. For FSA only employees have the option to complete a paper Open Enrollment form or participate in online enrollment via Self Service Banner.
Instructions for FSA online enrollment via SSB:
Using the same process, you may return to change/modify your elections up until 4:45 pm, December 1, 2014, at which time the Open Enrollment period ends.
From the AU home page:
1. Click on "AU Access"; Sign on with your user name and password
2. Select the "Employee Services" tab
3. Click on "Self Service Banner"
4. From Employee Tab click on "Flexible Spending Account Plan Open Enrollment"
5. Complete online enrollment process
6. Click on "Submit"
WHAT HAS CHANGED FOR 2015?
Health, Dental, Vision and Cancer Insurance Premiums
Health Insurance premiums are increasing by 2% for 2015. We do want to remind you to continue to be an engaged partner with us in helping to control our health care expenditures so we can continue to offer great quality, affordable benefit plans. Please see the 2015 Employee Benefits-at-a-Glance to see the new premiums.
Additionally, Superior Vision has announced a premium increase for our Vision Insurance. See the 2015 Employee Benefits-at-a-Glance to see the new Vision plan premiums.
We are pleased to share that there will be no premium increases for the Dental and the Cancer Insurances for 2015.
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR 2015
IMPORTANT! In order to receive your $25 per month (or $30 per month over 10 months for 9 month faculty) Healthy Tigers discount, you must participate in the Healthy Tigers wellness screening program. As of January 1, 2014, there is no set deadline for qualifying for the Healthy Tigers program. An employee and his/her covered spouse, or covered sponsored adult dependent, who are screened during any given month will qualify for the discount for the remainder of that calendar year (after allowing up to 60 days for processing) and for the following calendar year. Test results must be conducted and any required follow-up must be completed (if results are abnormal) to qualify for the benefit. All information about this benefit is posted on the Healthy Tigers web site.
Appointments are coordinated by the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center (AUPCC) located in 2155 Walker Building, Harrison School of Pharmacy and may be scheduled on-line through the Healthy Tigers website. Those who do not have internet access may call the AUPCC at 334-844-4099. No screenings will be conducted by the AUPCC during the month of December. In lieu of screenings through the AUPCC, an employee who sees his/her doctor regularly and has the required test results may have the doctor submit a "Healthcare Provider Screening Form" to AUPCC to verify discount eligibility. Verification of receipt of Healthcare Provider and/or Referral forms in the Healthy Tigers office may be completed through AU Access. NOTE: Lab costs associated with some of the Healthy Tigers screening procedures, if conducted by your physician, may be billable to you unless they are deemed to be medically necessary. Please talk with your doctor to determine how this might affect you.
Special note for employees whose spouse also works for the University: During Open Enrollment, if the health insurance subscriber for your family changes (with the other being covered as a dependent), please contact the Healthy Tigers program at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure your Healthy Tigers discount is applied correctly.
All Auburn University employees enrolled in the Group Medical plan are charged a $20.00 per month tobacco surcharge. However, non-tobacco users can have the $20.00 surcharge waived by certifying that they (and their spouse, if the spouse is covered as a dependent) are not tobacco users. Employees must certify their tobacco use status to Payroll & Employee Benefits to qualify for the waiver. As an alternative, the employee and/or spouse may complete the Pack It Up Program that is available through the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center to qualify for the waiver. Additional information about the Pack It Up program may be found at http://pharmacy.auburn.edu/phs/aupcc/pack_it_up.htm.
Health Care Reform and Grandfathered Plan Status
Auburn University believes our Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance is a "grandfathered health plan" under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As permitted by this Act, a grandfathered health plan can preserve certain basic health coverage that was already in effect when that law was enacted. Being a grandfathered health plan means that Auburn University's health insurance plan may not include certain consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act that apply to other plans. However, grandfathered health plans must comply with certain other consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act. For additional information regarding our plan's grandfathered status contact Payroll & Employee Benefits at 844-4183 or U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at www.healthcare.gov.