Benefits Open Enrollment 2016
We are pleased to announce the start of the 2016 Benefits Open Enrollment period at Lafayette College. The Office of Human Resource’s offers one combined Open Enrollment period for your medical, dental, flexible spending, supplemental life insurance coverage, and vision coverage.
This year’s Open Enrollment begins on October 30, 2015 and continues through November 23, 2015. During Open Enrollment, employees may make changes to their benefits plans. All of the plans offered during the Open Enrollment period are based on a calendar year (January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016); therefore changes made during this period will be effective on January 1, 2016.
During Open Enrollment, you can make changes to your benefit plans without having to show evidence of a “life status change”. Once you have made your elections, you cannot change them during the plan year unless you experience a life status change event as qualified under IRS regulations Section 125.
Please refer to the Open Enrollment Brochure for all information regarding Open Enrollment for 2016:
Highmark Blue Shield will continue as the College’s health insurance carrier for 2016. Dental insurance will remain with Blue Cross Dental and continue to be administered by Capital BlueCross. The college has selected Discovery Benefits as its Flexible Spending Administrator for 2016. Detailed information can be found in the Open Enrollment Brochure.
Following are links to Highmark Blue Shield’s web site and enrollment forms. This site provides information and forms for employees enrolling in, or making changes to their medical coverage for 2016.
For dental coverage the following is a link to Capital BlueCross webpage. This customized site provides information and forms for employees enrolling in, or making changes to their dental coverage for 2016.
If you are remaining on dental coverage for 2016 with no changes to dependents, you do not need to complete a new Capital dental Enrollment Form.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Discovery Benefits will continue as the College’s Flexible Spending Administrator for 2016.
A new, Flexible Spending Enrollment Form is needed for all employees enrolling in this program for 2016. Additionally, if you are electing Dependent Care for 2016 you are to complete the Recurring Dependent Care Request Form.
The following documents will serve as a guideline when using you Flexible Spending Debit Card
Optional Life Enrollment
Eligible employees are able to buy or increase their Optional/Supplemental Life coverage in increments of $10,000, up to 5 times their annual salary, not to exceed $500,000. Employees who are currently enrolled in optional life (at any amount) would be eligible to increase their optional life insurance by up to $20,000, without evidence of insurability, during this and future open enrollment periods.
Below is an additional links, to the various forms and plan information, that also pertain to your benefit selections during the 2016 Open Enrollment period.
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