Final two days to make Open Enrollment corrections
This Friday, Dec. 13, at 5 p.m. is the deadline to make changes or corrections to your 2014 Open Enrollment benefit elections. NO exceptions or changes to benefit elections will be permitted after Dec. 13, so it is imperative to go online through My HUB now to make any necessary corrections. Simply follow this path:My HUB > Human Resources > Benefits Enrollment > Enroll
Click on Store and Submit when finished to submit your changes.
Call the Employee Service Center at 1-800-994-2752, option 3. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Deadlines and important dates
Mark your calendar and don’t miss out on any of these upcoming events.
- Dec. 13: Final day at 5 p.m. to make any changes to your 2014 benefit elections.
- Dec. 13: Last day to submit documentation for any spouse or domestic partner added to any new benefit during Open Enrollment (not required if documentation was previously submitted to the Employee Service Center).
- Dec. 14: Last day to use 2013 PTO Buy.
- Dec. 16: First day to make new PTO Sell elections for 2014 (not elected during Open Enrollment).
- Dec. 20: Unused PTO Buy paid out (Dec. 31, if paid monthly).
- Week of Dec. 23: Mailing of new UPMC Health Plan medical/flexible spending account cards.
- Week of Dec. 23: Mailing of BenefitWallet health savings account (HSA) welcome kits.
- Dec. 25: Christmas holiday (Employee Service Center (ESC) and UPMC Health Plan closed).
- Dec. 31: Last day to use remaining money in Dependent Care FSA.
- Dec. 31: For those that elected the Advantage HSA, this is your last day to exhaust your health care FSA balance in order to begin contributions to or receive funds from UPMC into your health savings account on Jan. 1 (unless your balance is $25 or less and you agreed to forfeit the balance when making your Open Enrollment elections).
- Jan. 1: Effective date of 2014 benefits.
- Jan. 1: New Year’s holiday (ESC closed; UPMC Health Plan available 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
- Jan. 3: First 2014 biweekly pay date; review your deductions (Jan. 31, if paid monthly).
- Jan. 3: PTO Sell elected during Open Enrollment included in paycheck (Jan. 31, if paid monthly).
- Jan. 31: W-2s will be mailed by Jan. 31. If you consented to receive your W-2 electronically, the form will be available several days in advance on My HUB.
The gift of retirement savings
During this season of holiday giving, don’t forget to do something special for yourself! Give yourself the gift of retirement savings by participating in the UPMC Savings Plan. The Savings Plan allows you to save for retirement through convenient payroll deductions. Best of all, UPMC matches a portion of your contributions to the Savings Plan (once you are eligible*).
You can save any portion of your pay on a pre-tax and/or after-tax basis, up to IRS limits. The pre-tax limits for 2013 and 2014 are $17,500 for those younger than age 50 and $23,000 for those ages 50 and older. It is important to review and adjust your account periodically.
The new year is a good time to evaluate your investment options and make updates to your account, and you now have options to get advice.
- Use the online Financial Advice section to get expert advice and recommendations on how to improve your retirement income projection. Follow this path to visit the Your Benefits Resources™ website: My HUB > Human Resources > My Retirement. Click on Investment Advice under the Savings and Retirement tab.
- Schedule a one-on-one meeting with an Aon Hewitt Financial Advisor, at no cost to you. Call the UPMC Retirement Center at 1-877-206-8264. Representatives are available to help you schedule an appointment with an advisor, Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern time.
It is also very important to consider increasing your savings a little each year, because small changes over time can add up to big savings down the road.
Ready to Change Your Contribution Rate?
You don’t need to worry about the Open Enrollment deadlines — you can make changes to your UPMC Savings Plan at any time. To make changes to your contribution rate, simply follow this path to visit the Your Benefits Resources™ website: My HUB > Human Resources > My Retirement. Select Change Contributions from the Savings and Retirement tab. Or, call the UPMC Retirement Center at 1-877-206-8264.
*Physicians and members of collective bargaining units should refer to the terms of their contracts for information regarding their eligibility. An explicit definition of eligibility and other plan provisions can be found in the Summary Plan Description on Your Benefits Resources. If there are any discrepancies between the Summary Plan Description and the plan documents, the plan documents will govern.
Feeling under the weather? Would you like to have an “e-visit” with a UPMC provider day or night from your PC, tablet, smart phone, or other internet-ready device?
UPMC and UPMC Health Plan recently developed a new program called UPMC AnywhereCare and will offer a no-cost introductory trial to UPMC employees* with UPMC Health Plan medical coverage now through March 1, 2014. This service incorporates online care to get treatment for conditions such as sinus infections, cold and flu symptoms, sore throat, and other common medical issues.
Anywhere Care is staffed by UPMC providers who can treat your common conditions, write prescriptions**, make referrals and answer your medical questions. Here’s what you need to do to get started:
- Register with MyUPMC.com by establishing a user name and password. If you have already registered with UPMC Health Track, your account is now a MyUPMC account, and can be accessed with the same user name and password.
- Answer an online questionnaire.
- A UPMC provider will review your symptoms.
- A personalized care plan will be delivered to you by email, usually within 30 minutes.
*Must be located in the state of Pennsylvania during the time of the visit.
**Does not include controlled substances.
Get ready for the 2014 Weight Race
Can’t wait to get started on your New Year’s resolutions? If you don’t want to wait until the race begins in late January to start changing your eating or exercise habits, or improving your health, contact a UPMC MyHealth health coach now by calling 1-800-807-0751. Coaches are available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The health coach services offered are:
- Available at no cost
- Convenient; it is over the phone
- Personal, with one-on-one support
- Customized to your needs
- Completely confidential
If you prefer to use online programs designed to improve your health, you may access a variety of online tools, including Nutrition, Stress Management, and Smoking Cessation Programs and other online programs and health trackers. For employees looking to improve their eating habits, the 7-step online nutrition program can be used to create a personalized healthy eating plan and track your progress on the secure, interactive MyHealth OnLine website.
Simply follow this path to get started:
My HUB > Human Resources > MyHealth OnLine > MyHealth Central > Healthy Activities.
2014 pay and holiday schedule now available
The monthly and bi-weekly pay schedule, along with the seven UPMC observed paid holidays is now available on Infonet. You may access the 2014 calendar in the Payroll section of Infonet.
Listed below are the 2014 observed holiday dates:
- Wednesday, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day
- Monday, Jan. 20 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Monday, May 26 – Memorial Day
- Friday, July 4 – Independence Day
- Monday, Sept. 1 – Labor Day
- Thursday, Nov. 27 – Thanksgiving Day
- Thursday, Dec. 25 – Christmas Day
New UPMC Health Plan and FSA cards will be arriving
If you elected a UPMC medical plan during Open Enrollment, you will receive a new medical insurance card at your home address in late December. Information on your card will include the medical plan option you selected, applicable copays and coinsurance amounts specific to your plan option. The back of the card will have important phone numbers and the claims submission address.
In addition, if you elected a health care flexible spending account (FSA), you will receive a new debit card for 2014. If you participated in a health care FSA in the past and also had UPMC medical plan coverage, your combination medical/FSA card will cease to be active after Dec. 31, 2013. You will receive two separate cards: one for your medical plan and one for your health care FSA. Here is a sample of the 2014 MyFlex Advantage FSA payment-only card: