August 11, 2014
Topic: Human Resources
University of Michigan faculty, staff and retirees will be able to make changes to their benefit selections during this year's Open Enrollment period, Oct. 27 through Nov. 7, with changes taking effect Jan. 1, 2015.
Retirees will have the option to enroll in the university's Legal Services Plan during this year's Open Enrollment. This benefit currently is available to benefits-eligible faculty and staff, and is being made available for the first time to retirees beginning in 2015.
The Legal Services Plan is administered by Hyatt Legal Services and the monthly premium is fully paid by the employee or retiree. Those enrolled in U-M's Optional Life Insurance or Retiree Life Insurance plans already have access to simple will preparation services with Hyatt attorneys. The additional legal plan may be of interest to those needing professional legal assistance with wills, trusts, estate planning, real estate transactions and other family law matters.
More information on the plan is available at benefits.umich.edu and will be included in the Open Enrollment books that will be mailed to retiree home addresses in early October.
Most U-M medical plans to cover in vitro fertilization
As announced in June, the university will expand its current coverage of infertility diagnosis, drug therapy and counseling to include in vitro fertilization.
The new coverage takes effect Jan. 1, 2015, and applies to most U-M medical plans. The expansion will provide IVF coverage for women through age 42 who have been diagnosed with infertility. Individuals contribute a co-insurance of 20 percent of the cost, and the remainder is covered by the plan up to a $20,000 lifetime maximum.
The U-M Health System will be the exclusive provider for those who qualify for the IVF benefit. IVF services at non-UMHS providers will not be covered.
All of U-M's self-insured medical plans will add IVF coverage for 2015. Health Alliance Plan is not a self-insured plan and is excluded. Employees with HAP coverage who are candidates for IVF can select a different medical plan during Open Enrollment to receive coverage of IVF in 2015.
Open Enrollment details will be sent to faculty, staff and retirees
Beginning in late August and continuing through the Open Enrollment period, the Benefits Office will provide comprehensive information to retirees and employees about their benefits options and instructions on how to make changes for 2015.
For answers to questions about U-M benefits or Open Enrollment, faculty, staff and retirees can visit benefits.umich.edu or call a benefits representative in the U-M Shared Services Center at 734-615-2000 or 866-647-7657 toll free, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.