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Welcome to Annual Enrollment for 2016 benefits!

You can enroll in or make changes to your benefits on any time between now and November 11, 2015. During this time, it’s important that you carefully review your retirement options in addition to your health and life benefits. Action is required from all employees who are enrolled in the 403(b) retirement plans, as you need to make important decisions about your future retirement benefits.


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Late Breaking News

While our health and life insurance changes are minor for 2016, we do have some late-breaking (and positive additions) to the list of What’s Changing. These changes are outcomes from the work of the Marriage Benefits Task Force.


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Understanding the New Domestic Partner Coverage

The university’s benefits program includes coverage for both the employee and their eligible dependents in the following plans: medical, dental, dependent life and personal accident insurance. And now, effective January 1, 2016, the definition of eligible dependents has changed.


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Plan for Annual Enrollment

Planning is a critical step in the enrollment process. It’s important to research your coverage options, use available resources, and consider what’s best for you and your family.


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Flexible Spending Account Reminder

FSAs are a great way to save money by paying for certain health care and dependent care expenses tax-free. You may contribute to a Health Care FSA, a Dependent Care FSA, or both.


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Take Action

Once you have made your choice and are ready to enroll, follow these simple steps:


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Retirement Choice 2016

In 2016, Retirement Choice will be different from any other - this year every employee will need to TAKE ACTION to make retirement plan choices for 2016. The annual benefits enrollment period for health and life plans - and the retirement plan - is October 14, 2015 through November 11, 2015. It is important that you log into the new online portal during this time to make your retirement plan elections for 2016.

Retirement Choice: Learn. Plan. Act.


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New Health Care Benefit Program Available as Part of Your Benefits Package

This year, a new service called Managing Cancer at Work (MCaW) will be added free of charge to the benefits package for Johns Hopkins employees.


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Important change on candidate background checks

The university has contracted with a new vendor to perform the final candidates’ background checks, employment and education verifications as part of the pre-employment process. We transitioned from ADP (our previous vendor) to Universal on October 12, 2015.


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Considering Adoption?

If you are considering adoption, you’re already aware of the significant costs that can be involved—anywhere from $0 to $50,000 per child. With this in mind, the university is increasing the amount provided under the Adoption Assistance Plan.


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Johns Hopkins Baby Shower for New and Expectant Parents

Tuesday, November 17, 2:30 – 5 pm
Turner Concourse, East Baltimore campus (Shuttle service is available between campuses.)


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Breastfeeding Support Program Expands

As part of the comprehensive program supporting breastfeeding mothers at Johns Hopkins, three new Mother's Rooms have opened on the East Baltimore Medical campus: Weinberg 2339, Halsted B186, and 1830 East Monument building, Room 511.

Employees needing to use any of the Mother's Rooms should register with the Breastfeeding Support Program at Up-to-date information about the rooms and other aspects of the program will be provided via email once the registration form is received.


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Calling all Chefs, Bakers, and Tasters

What: Annual Johns Hopkins Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Bake-Off to benefit United Way of Central Maryland and Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund

When: Friday, October 30, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Where: Glass Pavilion, Levering Hall on the Homewood Campus (Shuttle service is available between campuses.)


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B’more Involved with Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund

There’s no better time to b’more involved in Baltimore. Faculty, staff, and retirees can contribute to the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund during the United Way campaign to fully fund grants that assist nonprofits’ efforts to build stronger neighborhoods by addressing needs in the areas of community revitalization, education, employment, health, and public safety.


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Coming Soon! Holiday Programs to Assist Our Baltimore Neighbors

The annual Vernon Rice Memorial Turkey and Adopt-a-Family programs are gearing up to make the holiday season brighter for those in need.

Visit and the week of October 19 to learn more.


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Free Tickets to Peabody Concerts for Employees, Students, and Retirees

Concertgoers affiliated with Johns Hopkins University are eligible for free tickets to any of the concerts ticketed through the Peabody box office except opera, dance, and children’s chorus. Faculty, staff, and retirees may use two free tickets per concert; students may use one free ticket per concert.


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Work & Family Fair Brings 40+ Experts to over 250 Employees

The fair provided an opportunity to ask one-on-one questions about services in the areas of aging adults, children and youth, financial and legal, health and wellness, housing, and recreation. One of the vendors was Children of the World Co-Op.


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