Open Enrollment Begins October 17

Coral Gables (October 10, 2011) — During Open Enrollment, October 17 to November 4, faculty and staff can enroll or make changes to medical, dental, flexible spending and short-term disability benefits at Employees can expect no increases in copays or deductibles and modest medical premium increases in 2012.

“We’ve worked hard to keep cost increases to a minimum,” says Joe Natoli, senior vice president for business and finance and CFO.

Open Enrollment is the ideal time to take a close look at UM plans and the services you need and to make the choices that are best for you and your family.

Through Well ’Canes, the University will continue to offer a variety of free and low-cost preventive care services and free flu shots.

Maria Kesti, development director at UHealth International Medicine, never goes a season without a flu shot. “I’ve been getting the flu shot every year,” she says. “I truly believe it helps ward off colds–I haven’t had a cold or the flu in years.”

As we enter the cold and flu season, employees will continue to have access to $10 walk-in visits for minor illnesses at the Healthy ’Canes Employee Clinics (the Coral Gables clinic opens in early 2012).   The clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners who are overseen by UHealth physicians.

Nerissa Morris, vice president of Human Resources, believes that successful health and wellness programs stem from strong partnerships between the University, UHealth, and faculty and staff.

UM will continue to offer medical premium incentives in 2012. Employees can receive a medical premium credit of up to $150 if they participate in the Aetna Online Health Assessment and the Know Your Numbers health screenings through March 31, 2012.

“The incentive programs offer more than a premium discount,” Morris says. “They provide you with valuable personal health information and healthy lifestyle recommendations.”

Details about 2012 changes, including coverage and costs, are included in guides that will be mailed to faculty and staff. Attend an information session or webcast to learn more. View the event schedule and other Open Enrollment details at

Don’t miss this year’s annual Health, Wellness, and Benefits Fairs, where you can meet  with representatives to learn more about your options for next year. Enjoy games, raffle prizes, and giveaways, and enter a drawing to win an iPad2. The fairs take place October 17 – 21.

2012 Benefit Summary

• No changes to copays or deductibles

• Healthy ’Canes Employee Clinic: Now open on the Medical Campus and opening in early 2012 on the Coral Gables campus

• Maintenance prescription drug coverage changes

• High-end imaging services available only at UHealth (some exceptions apply)

• Deadline extended for Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts

• Free flu shot program offered at the Healthy ’Canes Employee Clinic

NOTE: Current elections for the UM/Aetna medical plan, smokers’ surcharge, spousal surcharge, and the Flexible Spending Account will NOT roll over. Failure to enroll in or decline medical coverage, smokers’ surcharge, and spousal surcharge during Open Enrollment will result in placement in the HRA medical plan and surcharges will apply.

For more information on Open Enrollment, please visit

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