Annual open enrollment is the only opportunity to make changes to your current benefit elections unless there is a qualified status change such as marriage, divorce, death, birth, adoption or loss/gain of coverage from a group plan. Each October, we offer a benefits open enrollment to provide an opportunity for employees to review their benefits and make any needed changes. Changes made during the annual open enrollment are effective Jan. 1 the following year. Some plan changes require an Evidence of Insurability where you have to answer health questions and these changes will not be effective until approved by the carrier.
You can enroll or make changes to your state health, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, and Aflac products (critical illness, hospital indemnity and accident insurance). The enrollment period for short-erm disability and whole life insurance will be in March 2018. You may add or drop dependents; add or drop plans; as well as modify your level of coverage. Please review the 2018 Health and Insurance Guide located in Lawson/Employee Self-Service/Benefits/Benefits Handbook for an overview of what is offered.
Annual benefits open enrollment is Oct. 2-31. Enrollment for short-term disability and whole life insurance will be in March 2018.
Annual open enrollment changes will all be made online by employees themselves in Lawson. We are implementing a new informative and user-friendly employee self-service process for 2018 open enrollment. This will allow you more flexibility to enroll at your own pace, whether at home or at work with 24/7 availability. Our online benefit enrollment portal provides detailed plan information and rates empowering employees to make educated benefit decisions.
Beginning Oct. 2, log into Lawson/Employee Self Service/Open Enrollment. The open enrollment link will be available from Oct. 2-31.
You can view your current benefits by logging into Lawson/Employee Self-Service/Benefits/Current Benefits.
Also, if you go online in Lawson during open enrollment to make changes, you will see a summary of your current benefits.
Information on employee benefits offered at UMMC can be found in the 2018 Health and Other Insurance Benefits Guide located in Lawson/Employee Self Service/Benefits Handbook. You can also find information on the benefits website.
Also, you can participate in one of the benefits overview sessions that are offered during September. Go to HealthStream, and the course name is Open Enrollment Benefits.
We are implementing a new informative and user-friendly employee self-service process for 2018 open enrollment. This will allow you more flexibility to enroll at your own pace, whether at home or at work with 24/7 availability. Our online benefit enrollment portal provides detailed plan information and rates empowering employees to make educated benefit decisions. In addition, there are benefits overview sessions available during September. You can register to participate in one of these sessions in HealthStream. The course name is Open Enrollment Benefits Session.
You will be able to view and print a summary of your elections when you complete your enrollment in Lawson. You also will receive an email notification of the changes you made.
Any enrollments/changes you made during open enrollment will be effective Jan. 1, 2018 (excluding long-term disability, state life, and supplemental lLife which will be effective the first of the month following carrier approval).
Except for state health insurance, deductions will start Jan. 1, 2018, unless an Evidence of Insurability (EOI) is required, in which case deductions would start the month the application is approved. Examples of EOI required are state life insurance and supplemental life. State health insurance premiums are due a month in advance, so any premium changes made for 2018 will be reflected in your December paychecks. If you currently do not have health insurance or you are changing your plan from base to select or vice versa, you will see catch-up deductions listed as PrHealth on your paycheck.
All flexible spending accounts will end Dec. 31, 2017. You must re-enroll in flexible spending for the next calendar year during open enrollment each year.
You are not eligible to participate in open enrollment while on leave. If annual open enrollment is over when you return from leave, you have 31 days from the date you return from leave to make changes and you will need to contact the Benefits Team by sending an email to HRBenefits@umc.edu.
You can change your elections as many times as you need during the enrollment period of Oct. 2-31. Your latest changes will be noted in your election summary when enrolling online. Print off your latest changes for your records.
It is important that you take the opportunity to review your benefits during annual open enrollment to ensure your benefits are accurate and meet your needs. If you have a flexible spending account, such as a Medical reimbursement account and/or a dependent care account and you want to continue it for next year, you must re-enroll. If you do not make any changes to your current benefits, they will continue into 2018, except for flexible spending accounts. Flexible spending accounts do not roll over into 2018.
You can go to UMC.EDU and scroll to the bottom left of the page until you see “General." Below General, you can click on My UMMC. You will be able to log into CITRIX using the same log-in credentials to log into Lawson. You can then follow the prompts to log into Lawson.
Contact the Help Desk at (601) 984-1145.
The benefit elections you currently have will continue into 2018 with the exception of your flexible spending account(s) which will terminate Dec. 31.
No, current carriers will remain the same for 2018.
No, there are no new benefit plans available.
Health insurance plan:
Dental premiums are slightly increasing by 6% effective Jan. 1, 2018, and except for employee-only coverage, medical premiums are increasing by 5% effective July 1, 2018. Also, changes in your supplemental life premiums due to age band and salary changes, State Life salary changes, take place Jan. 1 each year.
Click here for the 2018 medical rates for Jan. 1-May, 31, 2018, and rates effective July 1, 2018. On the same page, you will find dental rates effective Jan. 1, 2018.
*Remember that medical premiums are due a month in advance, so adjustments will be made in June paychecks for July premiums.
Contact our local UMMC HR-Benefits Department to make changes due to a qualifying event by emailing us at email@example.com. You will be required to complete the appropriate form(s) and submit specific documentation as proof of the qualifying event. You have 31 days from the date of the qualifying event to make the change.
No, over-the-counter drugs are not eligible for reimbursement. Refer to the Plan Document on the UMMC Benefits page for more information on items/services that are not eligible for reimbursement or Southern Administrators Benefits Consultants (SABC) website.
No, school tuition is not an eligible expense. Dependent care reimbursement is designed for childcare, daycare and/or afterschool care. To be reimbursed for childcare expenses, you must use an eligible provider. An eligible provider is an individual (in your home or their home) or a childcare facility that has a tax ID # and/or claims the income on taxes.
If your spouse is benefits eligible and works at UMMC or at another Mississippi state Agency, he/she must be covered separately through the employer on the state health plan. You can cover them on the other plans.
Yes, under the Affordable Care Act, dependent children can be covered on a parents’ health plan until age 26. Once you lose that coverage, it is a qualifying event for you to join our health plan. You have 31 days from the loss of coverage to be added to the UMMC health plan coverage.
Other than what you pay out of pocket in terms of annual deductible, copays, and premiums, there are no differences. See the 2018 Health and Other Insurance Benefits Guide in Lawson/Employee Self-Service/Benefits/Benefit Handbook for more information or the Plan Document at http://knowyourbenefits.dfa.ms.gov/
If you made changes to your health insurance coverage, then you will receive new cards from BCBS for your health insurance and Prime Therapeutic for your prescriptions the beginning of the year.
You can find a medical network provider by going to the DFA website at www.knowyourbenefits.dfa.ms.gov, click on the link AHS State Network (in state) to find a provider in MS and click on the link Blue Card Program (out of state) to find a provider out of the state of Mississippi.
Also, you can find a provider using the myBlue mobile app on your mobile device which is available on the APP Store or Google Play. Register at myblue.bcbms.com and answer "yes" to state employee question.
The difference is that the Network Plan directs you to an AlwaysCare network provider. The Choice Plan gives you the freedom to go to any provider regardless of whether he/she is in the network. AlwaysCare has contracted rates with network providers so non-network may charge more for services/procedures. This means the calendar year maximum might be exhausted faster on the Choice Plan than the Network Plan. In a nutshell, you get more for your money with the Network Plan as long as you go to a network provider.
If you made changes to your dental insurance coverage and/or your vision insurance coverage, then you will receive new cards from AlwaysCare the beginning of the year.
You can find dental providers that are on the AlwaysCare network by going to their website at www.alwaysassist.com.
No, there are not any waiting periods for any services that the plan provides once your coverage is effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Yes, the Network Plan and Choice Plan cover orthodontics for children and adults. There is a lifetime maximum benefit of $1,000 on the orthodontic benefit. The orthodontic benefit will coordinate benefits with any other dental plan you have received an orthodontic benefit from.
Yes, you can still participant in this plan regardless of your other benefit elections. The funds can be used for expenses for you and/or your dependents, so long as those expenses are not being reimbursed by another plan.
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