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October 15, 2014

Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 3

Plans Available with Highmark, UPMC, HealthAmerica

Open Enrollment for 2015 benefits will take place from Monday, Nov. 3 until 
5 p.m. (ET) on Monday, Nov. 17.

During this time, employees have the opportunity to review benefit options and make new elections for 2015. Employees who do not elect their 
benefits during this period will be automatically enrolled in the same benefits they currently have in 2014 (except flexible spending accounts, in which employees must actively enroll each year to participate).

Elections made during Open 
Enrollment are effective on Jan. 1, 2015, and will remain in effect for the entire calendar year. Employees can only change benefit elections during Open Enrollment, unless they experience a qualified life or family status change during another time of the year.

CMU will continue to offer plan options with Highmark, UPMC and HealthAmerica. Most of the contracts between Highmark and UPMC will end on Dec. 31.

The state of Pennsylvania has enforced a “Consent Decree,” which may protect UPMC in-network access for some Highmark members. More 
information can be found online at Employees with concerns about network access in 2015 should contact the health plan provider directly.

Medical plan changes for 2015 include changes to the PPO 1 and 
PPO 2 plans and the elimination of the PPO 3 plan.

Detailed plan information and rates are available to view at Questions can be directed to the HR Benefits Office at 412-268-2047 or

Upcoming Events

Staff Council's Benefits Open Forum
Tuesday, Oct. 28
Noon-1 p.m.
McConomy Auditorium, Cohon 
University Center

2014 Benefits & Fitness Fair
Wednesday, Nov. 5
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center
     Benefits and fitness vendors are available to answer your questions. The fair also includes fitness demonstrations, free health screenings and flu shots, raffles and giveaways. For more information, visit

SEI Open Enrollment Presentation
Monday, Nov. 10
10-11 a.m.
SEI Building, A.J. Auditorium

By Emily Baskin