SMU’s 2011 Open Enrollment takes place Oct. 18-29, 2010. The Open Enrollment period is the only opportunity for SMU employees to make changes to benefits elections for the coming year, except for life event changes.
The University will make certain health plan changes for 2011 to comply with the federal healthcare reform legislation passed in spring 2010, according to the Open Enrollment guide distributed by SMU Human Resources. Most of these required changes are enhancements to the plans. The other changes for 2011 are designed to help SMU and its faculty and staff members to better manage plan costs.
Effective Jan. 1, 2012, SMU will no longer offer the $500 Deductible option to faculty and staff members. If you enroll in this option for 2011, you will need to choose a new option during Open Enrollment 2012.
The 2011 Benefits Guide is available at HR’s Benefits U page.
For 2011 open enrollment, you must take action for the following conditions:
- You want to make changes to your current coverage, including adding or dropping dependents.
- You want to participate in one or both of the Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) in 2011.
- You want to participate in the Health Savings Account (HSA) in 2011.
SMU uses a secure online open-enrollment application available through Access.SMU. To use the application:
- Enter your Access.SMU user ID and password as you normally would to review your pay statement.
- Click Benefits in the Employee Self-Service navigation on the right, then choose Benefits Enrollment to access your personalized Open Enrollment record.
- Be sure to read all instructions carefully before making elections for 2011.
More information on vendors and plan changes will be available at SMU’s 2010 Health and Wellness Fair, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center lower level.
Human Resources also offers guidance through face-to-face meetings with Benefits Department representatives. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Department of Human Resources, 214-768-3311.