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Maximize Your Benefits at Friday's Fair,
Pay Attention to Deadlines

Date: Oct. 23, 2002
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Archive: Campus News

For about 6,000 UC faculty and staff members across the UC campuses, fall brings deadlines and the necessity to make decisions for Choice Benefits Enrollment. An efficient way to get answers to any questions you might have about enrollment is to attend the Benefits Fair on Friday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marriott Kingsgate Conference Center Ballroom.

Benefits Enrollment logo This year's fair offers more than 40 booths featuring benefits providers, UC counselors and plenty of prizes. UC's Benefits staff will be dressed in Hawaiian shirts and sunglasses for an "Escape to Benefits Island" theme. This is one tropical paradise where no one will be voted off the island. As a matter of fact, the opposite is true. All UC faculty and staff are encouraged to attend, says Betty Young, senior director, Benefits.

This year's Benefits Fair also offers the chance to drop off your completed enrollment form, marking choices for your benefits. By the time Friday's fair gets under way, all employees should have received their Choice Benefits Enrollment workbook and form. If you didn't, call the Benefits Office at (513) 556-6381 and let them know immediately. Completed forms must be submitted back to Benefits by Nov. 21.

In addition to the chance to consult with counselors and providers, this year's fair offers the opportunity to win prizes. Among the items to be raffled are a $100 American Express gift certificate, a $25 gift card for Circuit City, a Bearcat campus card, an overnight stay with breakfast and dinner for two at the Embassy Suites in Blue Ash, as well as gift certificates to local restaurants such as Glendale Gaslight Café, Amigo's and the Mexican Connection.

The event also features a healthy element as flu shots will be offered for $10 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., as well as free blood pressure checks. (No appointment needed.)

The key change in benefits for the upcoming year is a new insurance provider for the PPO and HMO medical plans. Humana - the same health care provider that covers Procter & Gamble, General Electric and Fifth-Third - will replace Unicare and United Healthcare for these services. Its extensive provider network includes more than 93 percent of the health care physicians in Greater Cincinnati. There are also new prescription administrators for the PPO and HMO, which are Caremark and PCS, respectively.

During the transition to the new health plans, employees should pay special attention to claims filing deadlines and special requirements to insure continuing care for current medical treatment that may extend into 2003. All claims for medical care and prescription services received prior to Jan. 1 must by filed by Dec. 31, 2002 with the current providers, while claims with a date of service after Jan. 1, 2003, must be filed with the new medical and drug administrators. If you or a family member is undergoing medical treatment that will continue into 2003, please contact the Benefits Office to determine if you will need to complete a Humana Insurance Transition of Care form.

For complete details on the Transition of Care forms, claims filing and other benefits enrollment deadlines and matters, please consult your Enrollment workbook or the following web sites.

Enrollment deadlines, important dates
Drop-Off locations
Choiceline newsletter with more on what's new
Benefits Fair flyer
Contact the counselors

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