Medical Plan Open Enrollment, Open Enrollment, and VEBA Opt-Out
If you are a benefits-eligible employee, during this year’s Open Enrollment three primary events will take place, as outlined below. Open Enrollment is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014 through Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Changes made during Open Enrollment are effective July 1, 2014. You will not be able to make changes to your health benefits after Open Enrollment unless you experience a Qualifying Change of Family Status Event. For newly added dependents during Open Enrollment, you will be required to submit proof of dependency documents, such as a marriage certificate or birth certificate, to the HR Service Center by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 30, 2014. The VEBA opt-out option is only available once a year during Open Enrollment.
The three primary Open Enrollment events are outlined in the full article. Be sure to review these events carefully.
The Open Enrollment Period: A Clarification for Retirees
The pending sale of Lovelace to BlueCross BlueShield has created a lot of confusion as to how the UNM-sponsored Medicare plans will be affected, specifically for those that are currently enrolled in the Lovelace Sr. plans. To clarify, this sale does not create a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) under Medicare, and as a result, you are not required - nor are you able - to make changes to your selection of Medicare provider during the upcoming Open Enrollment period.
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Open Enrollment Resources
In addition to the Information Sessions, Technical Assistance Sessions (see page two of the OE Sessions Schedule), and Open Enrollment Checklist, Human Resources also provides a wealth of additional information on the HR website regarding Open Enrollment:
- On the General Information Tab, there are several Open Enrollment Videos that will walk you through key points of the Open Enrollment period, as well as the process for enrollment, making changes, and opting out of the VEBA.
- Rate sheets are available for UNM Health, BlueCross BlueShield of NM, and Presbyterian.
- On the Medical Tab, you will also find One Page Summaries for each Medical Coverage option.
- The VEBA Opt-Out page outlines the steps for opting out, and the significance of doing so.
- A Medical Plan Booklet for more Open Enrollment details in one convenient location
For additional questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (505) 277-MyHR(6947).
Join the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor2.0 Program
A UNM Volunteer Initiative
In 2013, Big Brothers Big Sisters launched a new mentoring program that President Frank identified as a great fit for faculty and exempt staff at UNM. The program is called mentor2.0 and focuses on high school students.
The mentor2.0 program is working to place mentors with 9th grade students at South Valley Academy located on Coors and Blake SW and Amy Biehl High School in downtown Albuquerque. The goal is to match every incoming freshman in these two schools with a mentor, in order to increase graduation rates.
We understand that you may be hesitant to volunteer for a program that you don’t know that much about. Here is a video describing a similar program in New York City called iMentor. This is the program upon which Big Brothers Big Sisters is building their mentor2.0 program.
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Wellness Champion - Pediatrics Prevention and Population Science Department
When running an errand on campus, travel time can take longer than the actual errand. If you drive, you have to find parking, and if you walk it might be a 30-minute round trip. Leslie Trickey, a 23-year employee of the University of New Mexico, and the rest of the Pediatrics Prevention and Population Sciences department found an easier way to get around campus - biking. They are able to save time and boost physical activity by taking advantage of Parking and Transportation’s Lobo Bike program, available to all departments at UNM.
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2014-2015 Catastrophic Leave Program
Information for Fiscal Year 2015
What is the Catastrophic Leave Program?
The Catastrophic Leave Program provides financial assistance to eligible employees when they or their immediate family member experiences an approved catastrophic illness/injury. A catastrophic illness or injury is an acute or prolonged illness or injury that is considered life threatening, or with the threat of serious residual disability, which results in the employee’s inability to work. Each request to receive benefits is evaluated under the program guidelines and includes a medical review and determination.
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