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Benefit Choice Enrollment: May 1-31
The Benefit Choice Enrollment Period will run May 1 through May 31. During this time, UI employees may enroll in the flexible spending accounts and make changes in current health, dental and life insurance coverages with changes effective July 1. Even though the Benefit Choice period formally ends on Monday, May 31, since it is a holiday, the state department of Central Management Services (CMS) has announced that the Benefits Center may accept forms on Tuesday, June 1. In campus mail you will receive the State of Illinois Benefit Choice booklet, and also a NESSIE flier, letter and enrollment worksheet from the Benefits Center. Faculty and staff members participating in either of the flexible spending accounts -- Medical Care Assistance Plan or Dependent Care Assistance Plan -- will be sent re-enrollment forms to their home address by CMS.
If you decide not to make any changes, no action on your part is necessary. Your present enrollment will continue automatically, except for the Medical and/or Dependent Care Assistance plans. Both of these plans require re-enrollment each year.
Also, remember that the state's telephone enrollment system can be used to make changes until midnight on May 31 and NESSIE will be available until 10 p.m. June 1.
The reason for the inflexibility in these deadlines is the state of Illinois Premium Payment Plan. Under this plan, payroll-deducted premiums members pay for health, dental and life coverage are tax exempt. The Internal Revenue Service code requires plans with the tax-exempt premium to prohibit changes in the member's deduction during the plan year unless there is a qualified change in family status, special enrollment period or other special circumstances. This Irrevocability Rule is required pursuant to Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code. If the state is not in compliance (accepts forms late), the plan could lose its qualification and/or employees could be subject to an Internal Revenue Service audit and be required to pay additional taxes and possible penalties.
Employees enrolled in an HMO also should receive information from the
HMO detailing its benefits and plan provisions.
For a copy of the "Your Benefits" newspaper, distributed April 29, contact the Benefits Center. You also may get more info on the Web or via e-mail. (See below.) There also is an acrobat version posted on the Web.
Where to go for help
To reach your counselor by phone or e-mail
(Last names beginning with)
AE Brenda Butts 244-1053; email@example.com
FK Judy VanDeventer 244-1044; firstname.lastname@example.org
LQ Patricia Kirby 244-1045; email@example.com
RZ Michael Ward 244-1043; firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Manager for Services
Norma Kite 244-1042; email@example.com
Benefits Center Director
James P. Davito 244-1041; firstname.lastname@example.org
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