2008 Benefits Open Enrollment
February 11 -- February 25, 2008
It's that time of year to review and evaluate your benefit election choices. Jefferson Lab's 2008 Benefits Open Enrollment will be offered from February 11th - February 25th, via Employee Self Service (ESS).
All Regular and Term employees are eligible for medical, dental, health and dependent care flexible spending accounts, short-term disability and supplemental life insurance.
ENROLLMENT INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW
You can access ESS via the link on the JLab Insight page or directly at http://misportal.jlab.org/time. Use your JLab username and password to login. There will be training sessions on the upgraded ESS system and benefit overviews in CEBAF F113 on the following dates:
Monday, Feb 11th, 10-11 am
Tuesday, Feb 19th, 10-11 am
Thursday, Feb 14th, 2-3 pm
Wednesday, Feb 20th, 2-3 pm
Highlights of Benefit Changes for 2008
There have been some significant changes to the Anthem prescription drug and co-pay 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 (2nd link on the web menu in ESS). 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 have been some slight changes to the Delta Dental premier plan. Dental implants are now a covered service under the Delta Premier Plan. The new rates are listed on the Summary of Changes Table available on the Company Links page of the ESS (2nd link on the web menu in ESS). Effective 4/1/2008, dependent children are allowed coverage until December 31st of the year they turn 23 years old. 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 (2nd link on the web menu in ESS). Note: Coverage is not guaranteed.
Supplemental (Optional) Life
Under MetLife, 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, you must submit a MetLife application. MetLife reviews all applications to determine coverage availability and offers. The form is available in the ESS Company Links page (2nd link on the web menu in ESS). 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.
Submitted: Friday, February 8, 2008 - 2:00pm