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2016 Annual Benefits Enrollment Closed (December 2015)

Online annual enrollment for 2016 university benefits ended on November 11. All full-time benefits eligible faculty and staff will receive a confirmation of their elections by mail in mid-December. If you determine after receiving your confirmation that your enrollment is not correct, follow the procedure outlined here.

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Welcome to Annual Enrollment for 2016 benefits! (November 2015)

You can enroll in or make changes to your benefits on benefits.jhu.edu/mychoices 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 (November 2015)

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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Tags: 2016 Changes, What's Changing, Annual Enrollment

Understanding the New Domestic Partner Coverage (November 2015)

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 (November 2015)

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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Take Action (November 2015)

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

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Retirement Choice 2016 (November 2015)

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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Learn About the 2016 Health and Life Insurance Changes (October 2015)

This year, Annual Enrollment for your health and life insurance benefits coincides with Retirement Choice. Between October 14 and November 11, you will need to make decisions about all of your 2016 benefits—health, life and retirement. It’s important that you focus, first, on the retirement changes. That’s why we’ve kept our Annual Enrollment changes to a minimum this year. Here’s a quick summary.

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Tags: October Newswire, 2016 Changes, Annual Enrollment

Join Us for a Town Hall Meeting (October 2015)

It will be important that you learn more this fall about the changes taking place January 1, 2016. That’s why we’re conducting numerous Town Hall sessions across our campuses

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Tags: October Newswire, Town Hall Meetings, Annual Enrollment

Flexible Spending Accounts are helpful savings tools. (October 2015)

Eligible full-time faculty and staff have the choice to enroll in a Health Care FSA and/or a Dependent Care FSA for 2016. With a Health Care FSA, you can contribute up to $2,550 ($5,000 for a Dependent Care FSA) each year to pay for eligible expenses. You contribute funds through pre-tax payroll deductions.

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Be Ready to Take Action at Annual Enrollment (October 2015)

As you plan for Annual Enrollment, research your benefit options, make sure you understand what’s changing for 2016, and use available resources to help you make the best choices for you and your family this year.

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Updates to the JHU 403(b) Retirement Plan – Participants Must Take Action (October 2015)

We are about to begin our annual benefits enrollment period for health and life plans (from October 14 through November 11), and this year we are updating our 403(b) retirement plan providers and investment options - as well as introducing an online enrollment portal to help make retirement planning easier to manage. If you are a current 403(b) Plan participant, you must take action during this time to retain your current investment elections.

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2015 Benefits Confirmation Statements Mailed (January 2015)

Confirmation statements for 2015 benefits have been mailed to all employees who were actively enrolled in our plans as of 12/1/2014. More...

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2015 Health Care Flexible Spending Account Plan Change (January 2015)

For employees who have a balance of $500 or less in their 2014 Health Care Flexible Spending Account at the end of the year, that balance will automatically carryover into 2015. The mailed confirmation statement does not reflect this carryover amount. More...

Tags: Benefits , Flexible Spending Accounts, Annual Enrollment, FSA

2015 Insurance Cards (January 2015)

A new plan year may mean new insurance cards. To see if you should receive new membership cards, check the list here: More...

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2015 Annual Benefits Enrollment Closed (December 2014)

Online annual enrollment for 2015 university benefits ended on November 12. All full-time benefits eligible faculty and staff will receive a confirmation of their elections by mail in mid-December. If you determine after receiving your confirmation that your enrollment is not correct, please follow the procedure outlined below:

     • Email the university Benefits Service Center at benefits@jhu.edu no later than 12/31/14 with the correction.
     • Enter “2015 Annual Enrollment Correction” in the subject line.
     • You will receive a return email acknowledging receipt of your request.
     • A corrected confirmation statement will be mailed to you in January.
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Learn About What’s New (November 2014)

We are not making many changes to our benefits program for 2015. With the few changes in mind, now is a great time to look back at the past year and consider if you need to update your coverage. More...

Tags: 2015 Changes, Benefits , Annual Enrollment

Plan for Annual Enrollment (November 2014)

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.

The JHU Benefits website is your primary resource for benefits and Annual Enrollment updates. From this site you can find plan details and access our benefits tools. Regardless of whether you are enrolling or changing coverage, here are some key steps you need you take between October 22 and November 12. More...

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myWellness Choices 2014 – Making Sense of Healthcare Terms (November 2014)

2015 Annual Enrollment opens October 22 and runs through November 12. During this once a year myChoices window, you’ll want to take the time to understand your healthcare plans and how they work. Being an educated consumer means getting familiar with some basic terms and definitions. More...

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Flexible Spending Account Reminder (November 2014)

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. More...

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Ready to Take Action? (November 2014)

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

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Annual Enrollment for Voluntary Benefits (November 2014)

This year Johns Hopkins University employees have another great group of voluntary benefits from which to choose. Between your core benefits and these voluntary benefits, you can secure the necessary coverage to protect yourself and your family from financial loss resulting from accidents, severe illness or legal matters. Here are just a few of the benefits available to you during annual enrollment, October 22 to November 12, 2014. More...

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Learn About the 2015 Health, Life and Other Changes (October 2014)

For 2015 there will be minimal changes to your health, life and other benefits, however, it’s important to use this opportunity to review your 2015 coverage and rates. More...

Tags: Benefits , Annual Enrollment, Healthcare Plans

Be Ready to Take Action at Annual Enrollment (October 2014)

As you plan for Annual Enrollment, research your benefits options, make sure you understand what’s changing for 2015, and use available resources to help you make the best choices for you and your family this year. More...

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Flexible Spending Accounts (October 2014)

Flexible Spending Accounts are helpful savings tools. Eligible full-time faculty and staff have the choice to enroll in a Health Care FSA and/or a Dependent Care FSA for 2015. With an FSA, you can contribute up to $2,500 tax-free dollars ($5,000 for a Dependent Care FSA) each year to pay for eligible expenses. You contribute funds through pre-tax payroll deductions. More...

Tags: Benefits , Flexible Spending Accounts, Annual Enrollment, FSA

Planning for the Future (October 2014)

It’s never too early to start saving for retirement. Annual Enrollment is a great time to review your retirement benefits and update your elections. More...

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Getting Ready for Annual Enrollment (November 2013)

Annual Enrollment is an important once-a-year opportunity, and despite minimal changes, all employees should take time to explore their options and prepare to make a choice. More...

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Ready to Enroll? (November 2013)

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

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Explore: What’s Changing for Bargaining Unit Members in 2014 (November 2013)

We are making limited changes to the benefits plans for Bargaining Unit members for 2014. Click here to read a brief overview of what’s changing. More...

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Understanding Your 2014 Costs (November 2013)

Understanding costs is a critical step to making the right plan election during Annual Enrollment. Costs include both what you pay out of your paycheck and what you pay out of pocket when you receive care. The good news is that cost changes will be limited in 2014. More...

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New Tax Rules for Same-Sex Spouses (November 2013)

Due to the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), there will be tax implications for some JHU employees. More...

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Explore What’s Changing for 2014 (October 2013)

We are making limited changes to benefits plans this year. Here’s a brief overview:

Your share of the cost of medical coverage will increase as we continue to move toward the cost-sharing recommendations set last year by the Benefits Advisory Committee (BAC). Here’s a brief overview: https://hrnt.jhu.edu/benefits/documents/Final%20BAC%20Report%20with%20Appendix.pdf
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Prepare for Annual Enrollment – October 22 to November 12 (October 2013)

Annual Enrollment is just around the corner, so take some time now to use the available resources to research your options so you can make the best choice at enrollment. More...

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2013 Annual Benefits Enrollment Closed (December 2012)

Online annual enrollment for 2013 university benefits ended on November 12. All full-time benefits eligible faculty and staff will receive a confirmation of their elections by mail in mid-December. If you determine after receiving your confirmation that your enrollment is not correct, please follow the procedure outlined below:

      • Email the university Benefits Service Center at benefits@jhu.edu no later than 12/31/12 with the correction.
      • Enter "2013 Annual Enrollment Correction" in the subject line.
      • You will receive a return email acknowledging receipt of your request.
      • A corrected Confirmation Statement will be mailed to you in January. More...

Tags: Benefits , Annual Enrollment, myChoices

Understanding Your 2013 Costs (November 2012)

Some important changes are occurring this year, and it’s important that you understand how they affect your health care costs before making your enrollment decisions.

        1. You will not receive benefit dollars this year. Although you will not receive funds directly, some of the cost savings from this will be used to mitigate increases in your health insurance premiums. Note: You will continue to receive a medical waiver credit if you decline medical coverage through the university. The medical waiver credit is $800 if your salary is $40,000 or less and $500 if your salary is more than $40,000.

        2. There are new salary based health insurance premiums for the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Medical Plan and the EHP Medical plan. This change was made in an attempt to coordinate premium with income and make it more affordable for employees with lower income.

        3. There are new, more affordable coverage levels for single parent families.

Please see the myChoices website for additional information about the changes for 2013. More...

Tags: Annual Enrollment, Health Care Premium Net Impact Tool, Medical Plan Coverage Comparison Tool, Medical Plan Cost Estimator Tool

Get Ready for 2013 Annual Enrollment (November 2012)

Now is a good time to take a fresh look at your benefit options by:

        • Exploring the myChoices tab on the Benefits website, finding out what’s new and checking out the new resources;

        • Comparing the features and pricing of your medical plans and other benefit choices; and

        • Choosing the benefits that are best for you and your family during enrollment between October 19th and November 12th.

Click “More” for a quick overview of your resources to explore, compare, and choose your 2013 benefits. More...

Tags: Benefits , Annual Enrollment, Health Care Premium Net Impact Tool, Medical Plan Coverage Comparison Tool, Decision Guide, Medical Plan Cost Estimator Tool

Ready to Enroll? (November 2012)

To begin enrolling in your 2013 benefits, follow these simple steps:

    1.     Before you enroll, you should have the following handy:
            • Your JHED ID
            • Social security numbers and birthdates for your dependents
            • Names and birthdates of your beneficiaries
    2.     When you are ready, visit the JHU benefits website at benfits.jhu.edu.
    3.     Click the myChoices tab to get started.

Remember, if you fail to enroll between October 19th and November 12th, your current options will carry over into 2013 with the new rates that are effective on January 1, 2013. Your flexible spending accounts will NOT carry over unless you actively enroll. More...

Tags: Annual Enrollment, Default Coverage

Get Ready for 2013 Annual Enrollment (October 2012)

Now is a good time to take a fresh look at your benefit options by:
    •  Exploring the myChoices tab on the Benefits website, finding out what’s new and checking out the new resources,
    •  Comparing the features and pricing of your medical plans and other benefit choices, and
    •  Choosing the benefits that are best for you and your family once enrollment begins on October 19. More...

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2012 BENEFITS CONFIRMATION STATEMENTS (January 2012)

All full-time benefits eligible faculty and staff will receive a confirmation of their annual benefits enrollment including health, life, disability and flexible spending account elections by mail in mid December. If you determine after receiving your confirmation that your enrollment is incorrect, please follow the procedure outlined below:

    •Email the university Benefits Service Center at benefits@jhu.edu no later than 12/31/11 with the correction.
    •Enter “2012 Annual Enrollment Correction” in the subject line.
    •You will receive a return email acknowledging receipt of your request.
    •A corrected Confirmation Statement will be mailed to you in mid January or earlier. More...

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Focusing on the Full Picture—Your Total Rewards Statement (November 2011)

Annual Enrollment is the perfect time to review your Total Rewards Statement. Your Total Rewards Statement is a useful tool for your personal financial planning. It offers a personalized summary of your total compensation, including your pay, benefits, and other university programs. More...

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Ready to Enroll? (November 2011)

Once you've carefully reviewed all your benefit options and made the right decision for your needs, you're ready to enroll. Annual Enrollment 2012 runs from October 21 - November 8, 2011. You MUST ENROLL if you wish to:
• Participate in a flexible spending account for 2012
• Make changes to your current benefits (e.g., change medical plans, add coverage for a dependent) More...

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The Eyes Have It—Choosing and Using Your Vision Coverage (November 2011)

All of our medical plan options include basic Vision coverage for routine eye exams. If you anticipate needing more eye care coverage for 2012 – such as frames, lenses or contacts – you should consider enrolling in the voluntary Vision Plan administered by Marsh through United HealthCare. More...

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Rate Relief Update – for Employees Earning $40,000 or Less (November 2011)

The university gives everyone a flat amount of $900 tax-free, in Benefit Dollars for the year. For employees who earn a full-time equivalent salary of $40,000 or less in 2012, the university will also provide an additional $300 per year in Benefit Dollars for Rate Relief. More...

Tags: Annual Enrollment, Cost of Coverage

Flexible Spending Accounts Don’t Roll Over (November 2011)

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) help you save money by allowing you to deduct tax-free dollars from your pay to cover certain health and dependent care expenses you incur during the year. You must enroll each year during Annual Enrollment to renew your participation in these accounts. Your contribution selections for 2011 will not roll over. More...

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Make Time for a Retirement Check-Up This Fall (November 2011)

Are you worried about the current volatility in the financial markets and wondering if you’ll ever save enough money to retire? Here are five things you can do now to maximize your retirement savings: More...

Tags: Retirement, Annual Enrollment

Join Us at the Benefits Fair (October 2011)

Ready to start thinking about your 2012 benefits? Join us for a Benefits Fair—at East Baltimore’s Turner Concourse on Tuesday, October 4 and Homewood’s Glass Pavilion (Levering Hall) on October 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a terrific opportunity to get your benefits questions answered and meet with representatives from our benefit providers, some JHU departments and the Benefits Service Center. More...

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What’s New in Benefits for 2012 (October 2011)

Please join the Benefits Service Center for a benefits update, "What’s New for 2012," which is being offered at a location near you between October 5 and October 19. Dates and details will be posted on the Benefits calendar in the coming week. Learn about the enhanced Long Term Care Plan being offered through Marsh Voluntary Benefits and provided by CNA. Get a head start on your planning for 2012 Annual Enrollment. Advance registration is not required. More...

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