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October 17, 2011

Open Enrollment for Benefits To Run Oct. 31-Nov. 14

Dental and Vision Plans Can Now Be Selected Annually

The Open Enrollment period for 2012 benefits will begin Monday, Oct. 31 and end on Monday, Nov. 14.

During this two-week period, employees can use HR Connection to review their benefit options and rates, and make their elections for 2012. If you don't actively make new elections, many of your 2011 benefits will carry over to 2012. However, active enrollment is required to participate in the Health Care and/or Dependent Care Spending Accounts for 2012.

The two main benefit plan changes for 2012 are:

  • Dental and vision plans are moving to an annual enrollment instead of every two years.
  • The maximum dependent age for eligibility in the dental and vision plans has increased to age 26 to match the maximum dependent age in place for the medical and prescription drug plans.
For more details about 2012 benefits and to access HR Connection, visit The Benefits Office is available at 412-268-2047 or to answer specific questions.

Staff Council Hosts Encore Presentation of Benefits Open Forum, Nov. 1

Due to an overflow crowd and a high number of questions at the Benefits Open Forum on Oct. 25, Staff Council is hosting an encore presentation from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1 in McConomy Auditorium, University Center. Benefits Manager Mary Oler and Benefits Specialist Lori Bell will preview changes for 2012 and answer your questions.

Benefits & Fitness Fair is Nov. 2

The annual Benefits & Fitness Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Rangos Ballroom, University Center. Representatives from HR, benefit carriers and health organizations will be there to answer questions. The fair also features wellness screenings, raffle drawings and giveaways, and flu shots.