2007 Benefits Open Enrollment: February 12 - 26, 2007
Jefferson Lab.s 2007 Benefits Open Enrollment will be offered from February 12 - February 26, via Employee Self Service (ESS). We are pleased to announce that our employees will receive a minimum premium increase this year, even after adjusting for medical trend inflation.
All Regular and Term employees are eligible for medical, dental, health and dependent care flexible spending accounts, short-term disability and supplemental life insurance.
WHAT HAS CHANGED WITH ENROLLMENT?
- In an effort to streamline our process and provide better service, we are moving to a Default System of Benefits Enrollment. This means that if you choose NOT to make any changes in your benefit elections, you do NOT need to re-enroll this year. Your current benefit elections will remain on file and be effective for the 2007 benefit year.
- If you want to change any of your benefits, you will need to enroll through the Employee ESS system.
- If you are currently enrolled in the Medical Flexible Spending Program or Dependent Care Program, you must re-enroll in these benefits every year. Therefore, you will need to go into the ESS and make your selections accordingly.
You can access ESS via the link on the JLab Insider page or directly at ess.jlab.org . Internet Explorer is the required browser for using the ESS system. Use your Jlab username and password to login. There will be training sessions on the ESS system and benefit overviews in CEBAF F113 on the following dates:
Tuesday, Feb 13th 2-3 pm
Friday, Feb 16th 10-11 am
Friday, Feb 16th 2-3 pm
Wednesday, Feb 21st 10-11 am
Wednesday, Feb 21st 2-3 pm
Monday, Feb 26th 2-3 pm
Highlights for 2007
There have been some modifications with the medical plans. Check the plans carefully to see which is most suitable for you. Please refer to the Benefits Overview Matrix and the Summary of Changes Table available on the Company Links page of the ESS system. These documents provide information on the plans and the premium rates. If you are changing plans or level of coverage, you must complete the Enrollment Form (Anthem or Optima).
There are no changes in the Delta Premier Plan. The new rates are listed on the Summary of Changes Table available on the Company Links page of the ESS. If you are enrolling in the plan for the first time or are changing your coverage you must complete the Enrollment/Change form.
Same-Sex Domestic Partner Coverage
Jefferson Lab will continue to allow same-sex domestic partners to be covered under its medical and dental plans. The dependents of the same-sex domestic partner may also be covered. See the Domestic Partner Coverage Summary on the Company Links page of the ESS. A notarized affidavit is required (available on the medical and dental ESS pages). Contact Human Resources, if you are enrolling in this coverage.
If you are already enrolled in Short-Term Disability (STD) and wish to continue the coverage, you are not required to do anything. If you do not have STD and wish to apply, you must indicate this on the STD enrollment page. You will also be required to fill out an application form. This will be reviewed by MetLife to determine if coverage will be offered. The form is available in the ESS Company Links page. Note: Coverage is not guaranteed.
Supplemental (Optional) Life
Under MetLife, the supplemental Life is called Optional Life. If you are already enrolled in supplemental life and do not want to change your coverage you do not have to re-enroll; your coverage will be continued automatically. If you do not have supplemental life and want to enroll in the Optional Life plan, or if you want to increase your coverage, you must submit the application form. MetLife reviews all applications to determine coverage availability and offers. The form is available in the ESS Company Links page. Note: Coverage is not guaranteed.
It is important that you review your beneficiaries. This applies to both the Basic Life and Optional Life plans. While you are going through the enrollment process check your beneficiaries to be sure that the information is correct. The named beneficiaries in the ESS system will be those that are forwarded to MetLife and receive the benefits of your policies.
Remember, if you make any changes to your current plan options, you will be required to complete the corresponding application.
If you do not want to make any changes and do not want to enroll in the Health Care or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account you do not have to re-enroll.
If you want to make any changes and/or sign up for one of the Flexible Spending Accounts you must go through the enrollment process through ESS.
The deadline to turn in application/enrollment forms and other documents to Human Resources, VARC room 41, is February 26, 2007.
2007 Open Enrollment benefits coverage will be effective April 1, 2007 through March 31, 2008.
Your 2007 premium deductions will be reflected on your April 1, 2007 paycheck.