Work-life balance is focus of SMU’s 2012 Human Resources Fair

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Work-life balance is focus of SMU’s 2012 Human Resources Fair

Stock image of 'Good Health, This Way' freeway signThe importance of work-life balance, and how to achieve it, is the focus of SMU’s 2012 Human Resources Fair, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. New additions for this year’s fair include Open Enrollment information sessions to help faculty and staff members make the best plan decisions for themselves and their families.

Participants can also take their annual flu shots, get chair massages from SMU Department of Recreational Sports massage therapists, receive a free health screening from Baylor Health Care System and much more during the fair, which will take place in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

The fair will also host Emeriti Retiree Medical Plan information sessions for SMU retirees and active employees who are considering retirement. RSVP online to attend a session.

Learn more at the Human Resources Fair homepage
Visit SMU Human Resources online

October 23, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Open Enrollment 2012 takes place until Oct. 31, 2011

SMU Benefits U logoSMU’s 2012 Open Enrollment takes place Oct. 14-31, 2011. The Open Enrollment period is the only opportunity for SMU employees to make changes to benefits elections for the coming year, except for qualified life event changes.

Effective Jan. 1, 2012, SMU will no longer offer the $500 Deductible option to faculty and staff members. Faculty and staff members who carry this plan need to choose a new option during Open Enrollment 2012. There are no plan design changes to the remaining medical plan options or to the prescription drug plan.

As a result of rising health care costs, medical premiums will rise in 2012 at an average of 9.7 percent. The most significant increases will apply to the $1,000 Deductible option. There will be modest increases to the $2,000 and $2,500 options.

Premiums will remain the same for dental and vision coverage. Effective Jan. 1, 2012, the vision plan will offer enhanced retail frame and contact lens benefits, with the purchase allowance increasing from $105 to $130 for both.

In addition, SMU has chosen BlueCross BlueShield of Texas (BCBSTX) to replace Aetna as its new dental plan administrator. You will receive a new combined medical, dental and prescription plan ID card from BCBSTX if you participate in the medical and dental plan in 2012.

> Find more information in the 2012 Benefits Guide, available at HR’s Benefits U page

For 2012 open enrollment, you must take action for the following conditions:

  • You are currently enrolled in the $500 Deductible medical option. If you are enrolled in this option, you may choose a new plan during the open enrollment period. If you do not choose a new plan, you will be enrolled automatically in the $1,000 Deductible option.
  • 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 2012. All faculty and staff members must reconfirm their participation in an FSA even if they participated in an FSA in 2011.
  • You want to participate in the Health Savings Account (HSA) in 2012. All faculty and staff members must reconfirm their participation in the HSA even if they participated in the 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 2012.

More information on vendors and plan changes will be available at SMU’s 2011 Human Resources Fair, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballrooms. Vendor representatives will be on hand to answer questions about your options.

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.

> Find the 2012 Benefits Guide on the web

October 17, 2011|News, Save the Date|

SMU’s 2011 Open Enrollment is Oct. 18-29, 2010

SMU HR Benefits U logoSMU’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.

> More about key changes for 2011 Open Enrollment
> Find the 2011 Benefits Guide on the web (PDF format)

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October 18, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Health and Wellness Day 2010 features a ‘Focus on Education’

Stock image of 'Good Health, This Way' freeway signA focus on smart choices in both health care and lifestyle is the organizing principle of SMU’s 2010 Health and Wellness Day Oct. 21. Faculty and staff members can learn more about the University’s health plans, take their annual flu shots, get chair massages and more during the fair, scheduled for 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center’s lower level.

The “Focus on Education” theme reflects a trend toward “more preventive care and better consumerism of medical benefits and health care in general,” says Lorea Belle Seidel, associate director of human resources.

This year’s schedule:

Faculty and staff members can sign up on site for free cholesterol and glucose screenings from Baylor’s Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, as well as for free skin cancer screenings from Consulting Dermatologic Specialists.

Massage therapists from SMU Recreational Sports will give free 10-minute chair massages with on-site signup.

In addition, Concentra will provide free health screenings to faculty and staff members who sign up in advance. Refer to the Concentra packet mailed to your home address or e-mail wellpower@smu.edu for more information.

> Learn more at the Health and Wellness Day homepage
> Visit SMU Human Resources online

October 14, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Open Enrollment 2010: New rates and new services

Benefits U logoSMU’s 2010 Open Enrollment takes place Oct. 14-30, 2009. 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.

Some important information for 2010:

  • The Aetna HMO plan will no longer be offered as of 2010. Those who are currently enrolled in the HMO and wish to continue medical coverage under an SMU plan must select another option for the coming year.
  • The Employee + One category has been replaced with two new options: Employee + Spouse and Employee + Child(ren).
  • Medical premium costs will rise this year. However, many can avoid premium increases by selecting a higher deductible level or offset out-of-pocket expenses by participating in the Healthcare Savings Account (HSA) or the Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limits will increase for 2010.
  • Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code enables SMU to deduct premiums for your health coverage on a pre-tax basis. As a result, SMU will undergo a dependent eligibility audit of University health plans during the first quarter of 2010. All individuals claiming a dependent for insurance purposes will be required to provide supporting documentation of the relationship to the covered dependent. Faculty and staff members will have the opportunity to drop non-eligible dependents from coverage during open enrollment, prior to the audit.
  • Under the SMU Health and Wellness Plan, mental health and substance abuse services will be covered at the same benefit level as physical health and illness.

This year, Human Resources is offering an enhanced and updated version of the Access.SMU Benefits Open Enrollment application introduced during 2009 open enrollment. The application gives faculty and staff members easy access to useful information to help make decisions on benefit options and plans.

Training in the Access.SMU open enrollment application will be available during Health and Wellness Day Oct. 22. In addition, Director of Total Compensation and Associate Director of Human Resources Sheri Starkey will offer an information session on choosing the right plan for your needs. Read more on 2009 Health and Wellness Day.

Who needs to make changes?

This year’s benefits changes will require many faculty and staff members to make an active election during open enrollment. For 2010 open enrollment, you must take action for the following conditions:

  • You want to make changes to your current coverage.
  • You want to add or drop dependents from coverage.
  • You are currently enrolled in the Aetna HMO, which will not be offered for 2010.
  • You are currently enrolled for Employee + One medical coverage.
  • You want to adjust your premium payments.
  • You want to participate in one or both of the Flexible Spending Accounts in 2010.
  • You want to make a contribution to the Health Savings Account (HSA) in 2010.

To take advantage of Online Open Enrollment at Access.SMU:

  • Enter your Access.SMU user ID and password as you normally would to review your pay statement.
  • Click Benefits Open Enrollment under Benefits on the right to access your personalized Open Enrollment record.
  • Be sure to read all instructions carefully before making elections for 2010.

Learn more under the link.

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October 14, 2009|News|
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