During 2018 Open Enrollment last fall, it was determined that employees wanted more access to our office for general benefits questions. These office hours are an opportunity for employees to ask questions associated with their employment related benefits in a face to face environment at their own work locations.
Below are the commonly asked about topics at these sessions:
- health and dental insurance coverage; co-payments vs. co-insurance
- FSA eligible expenses and how to submit claims
- retirement preparation and Medicare
- explanation of university credits and paycheck deductions
- double spouse credit
- qualifying events for benefit changes
- life insurance options
In addition to having your questions answered, employees can also receive assistance in submitting claims for reimbursement from their flexible spending account (FSA) by bringing the required documentation to the session. We will have iPads on hand at the sessions for you to use to submit your claims online.
All sessions have designated times for a Q&A-Open Forum, allowing employees to come at their convenience and ask their questions among the group. This is beneficial as employees may have the same question as others, but are unsure how to ask. Some sessions will also have group discussions on specific topics related to general benefits, such as retirement from the university. There will also be an opportunity to schedule a 1:1 appointment with our Benefits Specialist for more private matters.
No registration is necessary to attend these sessions!
For Times and locations, please visit the calendars below:
During the sessions held September 1 through September 10, the focus will be to assist employees with submitting documents for the Dependent Eligibility Verification. Employees should bring their letter from HMS with their reference code and the required documents to submit. iPads will be available for use. Employees are encouraged to bring their own tablets and smartphones, if they have one, to use for their own documents, in the event that attendance is high. More information on the Dependent Eligibility Verification.