Benefits Open Enrollment February 21st - March 3rd
February 16, 2006
Benefits Open Enrollment will be from February 21st through March 3rd. All regular and term employees are eligible for medical, dental, short-term disability, and supplemental life insurance.
All regular and term employees are required to enroll even if you are not changing your elections. You must enroll through the Employee Self Service (ESS) system. 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 in CEBAF Auditorium on the following dates:
Wednesday, February 22 2-3pm
Thursday, February 23 2-3pm
Tuesday, February 28 2-3pm
Friday, March 3 2-3pm
There have been changes in some of the 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 Deltal 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 a new enrollee or are changing your coverage you must complete the Enrollment/Change form.
Same-Sex Domestic Partner Coverage
Also, Jefferson Lab is now allowing 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. This is in response to changes in Virginia law in 2005. 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).
New Life and Disabilty Insurance Carrier - Metlife
SURA/Jefferson Lab has Metlife as the carrier for Life and Disability insurance. The rates are lower than the rates under our CIGNA policies. You do not have to do anything to enroll in the Lab paid Basic Life Insurance and Long Term Disability. There are some actions you need to do for the Short-Term Disability and Supplemental Life.
If you are already enrolled in Short-Term Disability (STD) simply indicate that you want the coverage on the STD enrollment page. If you do not have STD and want to enroll indicate that on the STD enrollment page. You will have to fill out an application form. This will be reviewed by MetLife to determine if they will offer you coverage. The form is available in the ESS Company Links page.
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 and application form. This will be reviewed by MetLife to determine if they will offer you coverage. The form is available in the ESS Company Links page.
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.
Turn in all application/enrollment forms and other documents to Human Resources, VARC room 22 by March 3rd.