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myHR: March 27, 2013

Benefits Open Enrollment: Find Out What’s Changing

The 2013–2014 Benefits Open Enrollment period begins on April 15—and there are some changes you need to know about.

Plan Changes as of July 1, 2013

Learn more about the following plan changes on the Benefits Open Enrollment webpage.

  • Aetna Choice POS II medical plan: The Aetna Choice POS II plan will be more appealing than ever: deductibles and out-of pocket maximums are being reduced.

  • Keystone HMO medical plan: Some services under the Keystone HMO plan will now be subject to a deductible and coinsurance. And the copay for radiology procedures will increase.

  • Prescription drug benefit: Penn’s prescription drug carrier is changing names to Express Scripts/Medco. Keep in mind the company merger will not affect your prescription benefits in any way.

  • Penn Faculty Practice dental plan: Several enhancements will be made to the Penn Faculty Practice dental plan, without increasing premiums.

  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA): The waiting period to participate in the Dependent Care FSA will be removed.

Attend a Fair

Attend an Open Enrollment Fair to get a detailed look at this year’s Open Enrollment period. Representatives from Penn’s health care providers and administrators will be onsite to share information and answer questions. Learn about medical plans, prescription drug coverage, dental plans, vision coverage, flexible spending accounts and the Penn Benefits Center.

Date Time Location
Tuesday, April 16 10am–2pm Houston Hall, Hall of Flags
Thursday, April 18 10am–2pm New Bolton Center, Alumni Hall

Get Important Health Information

At the Open Enrollment and Health Fair at Houston Hall on April 16, you can also take advantage of free health screenings, chair massages, and wellness information on several topics, including blood pressure, nutrition, campus safety, stress management, recreation, Penn dining options, backup care, women’s health, environmental safety and ergonomics, Penn’s Employee Assistance Program, oral and dental care and more.

2013 Model Supervisor Award Finalists

Being a strong supervisor is no easy feat. It takes exemplary leadership, clear communication, and a knack for empowering others. So each year, we honor a Model Supervisor to show the University what a role model really is—and this year’s finalists are among the best of the best when it comes to managers at Penn.

The 2013 Model Supervisor finalists are:

  • Peg Heer, Associate Treasurer, Gift and Investment Services, Office of the Treasurer, Finance

  • Warren Petrofsky, Director, Information Security, UNIX Systems and Natural Science Computing, School of Arts and Sciences

These individuals (who were chosen by a rotating selection committee of campus leaders along with feedback from staff) were selected for their outstanding supervisory behaviors—including fairness, strong leadership and exceptional managerial skills.

Join us on April 9 to see who captures this year’s Model Supervisor Award. The winner will be announced live on stage at the Models of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception at 4pm in Irvine Auditorium.

To RSVP, contact Human Resources via email or at 215-898-1012. You can also click here for more information.

Set Your Sights on Penn’s Vision Benefits

Sherard Graham, Web and Program Coordinator, School of Medicine

Between annual eye exams, prescription glasses and contact lenses, Sherard Graham knows the importance of proper eye care—and how expensive it can be. But thanks to Penn’s vision benefits, the web and program coordinator for the School of Medicine can take proper care of his peepers without breaking the bank.

Sherard enrolled in Penn’s VSP Vision Plan in July 2012. His decision helped knock $120 off his annual comprehensive eye exam bill and saved him an additional $200 on the purchase of a year's supply of contact lenses.

“I couldn’t believe how much money I saved by taking advantage of Penn’s vision benefits,” Sherard said.

Penn also offers the Davis Vision Plan to help you manage the cost of comprehensive eye care. Through both of Penn’s vision plans, faculty and staff save money on eye care no matter which vision provider you use. You can receive coverage for an annual eye exam as well as the cost of lenses and frames, and the amount of your savings depends on whether you use in-network or out-of-network providers. You can also receive additional discounts for some services like progressive lenses and laser vision correction.

“The savings through Penn’s vision plans are really clear when you do the math,” Sherard said.

No matter which vision plan best suits you, now’s your chance to enroll in one. Benefits Open Enrollment begins on April 15, which means you can participate in a vision plan for the first time or switch plans to better meet your eye care needs.

Click here to learn more about Open Enrollment and Penn’s vision care benefits.

Are You an Administrative Professional?

Life is full of changes, and you can’t always control how many come your way. But there are ways to make the most of change and use it to your advantage—and we’ll show you how.

Join us on April 26 to celebrate Administrative Professionals Day and learn how to Change Your Lens, Change Your Life. You’ll learn different strategies for managing change in a positive and rewarding manner. No matter what kind of obstacles you face in your personal or professional life, this workshop will show you how to embrace change and keep moving forward.

Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow administrative professionals across Penn’s campus. Your department will be charged $25 for this program, which includes a boxed lunch.

Click here for complete details and to register.