Benefits Open Enrollment Begins Today - Important Changes

Benefits Open Enrollment Begins Today - Important Changes

Attention All Regular and Term Employees:

Jefferson Lab's 2012 Health Benefits Open Enrollment begins today and will go through, Wednesday February 29, 2012.

Below are a few reminders concerning the Open Enrollment Process

Default Enrollment: If you want to leave your benefit elections as is and make no changes, you are not required to re-enroll.

Conditions in which you will need to access the Employee Self Service (ESS) System:

  1. To select another medical option outside of the medical plan default;
  2. To make changes to your current benefit elections;
  3. To participate for the first time in a Medical Care or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account Plan;
  4. Continue your enrollment in a Medical Care or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account


Important Things to Remember:

Due to Anthem's Medical health plan/product realignment, employees will automatically default into the most comparable medical plan as indicated below:

  • BlueCare Indemnity → KeyCare PPO 10
  • KeyCare PPO 15 → KeyCare PPO 10
  • Healthkeepers HMO 15 → Healthkeepers 15 POS

√  Optima Vantage open access HMO will continue to be offered as is
√  Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) maximum contribution changes from $5,000 to $2,500
√  Short-Term disability premium rates decreased approximately 35 percent

A matrix that provides a high level overview of the medical plans and associated cost can be found here: http://www.jefferson-lab.galiagante/sites/default/files/2012Medical_Plan_Summary.pdf.

Grandfathered Plan Special Enrollment for Adult Children

As a result of the Health Care Reform you may be eligible to enroll your adult children up to age 26 on your medical and dental plan. Your dependent may be added to your health coverage regardless if they reside with you, their marital status, or financial dependency. However, your adult children are NOT eligible for coverage on your insurance plan if they have group sponsored coverage available through their employer.

Instructions to Log Into the Employee Self Service (ESS) System
To log into the ESS go to or click on the open enrollment link from the Insight page. To learn more specifics regarding this year's plan changes and enhancements, please view the 'Summary of Benefits Matrix' found on the Benefits web page or the attached PDF.

Training on the ESS System as well as an overview of the 2012 Anthem medical plans and all other sponsored Lab Benefits will be offered at the following times:

Wednesday February 15 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Anthem Representative
Friday February 17 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Anthem Representative
Wednesday February 22 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Treva Ferguson, Benefits Consultant
Thursday February 23 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Anthem Representative
Monday February 27 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.   Treva Ferguson, Benefits Consultant
Wednesday   February 29   1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Anthem Representative

All sessions will be conducted in the CEBAF Center, room F113

If you have any questions, please contact one of the following: Treva Ferguson at ext. 7291 or Doug Roeder at ext. 7576

content by
maintained by