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University of Illinois employees are reminded that if they wish to make changes to their health, dental, state optional life, dependent coverage or re-enroll in the flexible spending plans, these changes must be made using NESSIE, the university’s online self-service benefits application. All changes must be made by midnight May 31 and will be effective July 1.
- If you do not want to change health, dental, life or dependent coverage, you do not have to do anything. Your current elections will continue.
- For flexible spending plans, re-enrollment is not automatic, so you must re-enroll in the Dependent Care Assistance Plan and/or the Medical Care Assistance Plan to continue to receive pretax savings. Enrollment in DCAP and or MCAP for fiscal year 2017 is for the period of July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017. Those who do not re-enroll will forfeit any amount eligible for rollover from the previous year. The maximum plan-year rollover amount will remain at $500.
Benefit Choice Information Sessions
University Payroll and Benefits will sponsor three information sessions in May. The sessions will provide employees with Benefit Choice information and allow employees to ask questions. Registration is not required.
- May 3, 2:30-4 p.m., Student Dining and Residential Programs building, multipurpose rooms 2025A and B
- May 11, 10-11:30 a.m., Beckman Institute auditorium, Room 1025
- May 19, 10-11:30 a.m., Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, Room 134
Benefit Choice Documentation Requirements
Documentation is required when making some changes.
- Documentation, including the dependent’s Social Security number, is required when adding dependent coverage. If the dependent is not eligible for an SSN, a letter from the Social Security Administration stating that the dependent is not eligible for an SSN will need to be provided to University Payroll and Benefits.
- An approved statement of health is required to add or increase member optional-life coverage or to add spouse-life or child-life coverage.
- If opting out of health insurance, proof is required of other comprehensive health coverage provided by an entity other than the Department of Central Management Services.
IMPORTANT: Opt out and dependent documentation should be faxed to 217-244-3135 on or before June 10, otherwise, those changes will not be valid.
Fiscal Year 2017 Premiums
The employer portions of the health and dental insurance premiums are expected to increase; therefore, part-time employees’ health and dental costs are likely to increase. Part-time rates will be available as soon as the employer portions have been finalized.
From Central Management Services
The premium levels listed in the benefits flier are for fiscal year 2016. Employees should be aware that these premiums may be subject to an increase, pending the outcome of an ongoing legal dispute between the state and AFSCME and that the premium increase may be applied retroactively to July 1, 2016. See the special notice on page 5 of the CMS flier for complete text.
Transition of care after health plan change
Members and their dependents who elect to change health plans and are then hospitalized prior to July 1 and are discharged on or after July 1 should contact both the current and future health plan administrators and primary-care physicians as soon as possible to coordinate the transition of services. Members or dependents involved in an ongoing course of treatment or who have entered the third trimester of pregnancy should contact the new plan to coordinate the transition of services for treatment.