The 2010 UST Annual Enrollment for benefits began Nov. 2 and will end Wednesday, Nov. 18. This is the only time of the year when employees can change their insurance coverage without having a “qualifying event.” Those eligible employees who have not completed their annual enrollment should do so immediately.
This year’s annual enrollment is important for hourly employees as they are eligible to participate in the Employee Purchase Leave Time program (EPLT). Information can be found in your annual enrollment packet or online here. This program allows hourly employees to purchase additional time off in calendar year 2010 beyond their normal leave time (PLT) accrual.
Changes in coverage made during the annual enrollment period become effective Thursday, Jan. 1, 2010. Participants must remain enrolled in their selected health-care option until the following year.
UST is self-insured, which means the university acts as its own insurance company, paying all claims and bearing the risk of the plan. Blue Cross of Minnesota administers UST’s medical plan.
Medical premiums for the 2010 plan year were initially projected to increase by 12.3 percent over the 2009 rates. This increase did not take into account the projected $340,000 deficit in plan cost for 2009. Together with the Fringe Benefits Advisory Committee (FBAC), Human Resources Department staff made several plan design changes in order to more closely align the health-care plan with those of other Twin Cities employers. By making several modest plan changes, we were able to reduce the premium increase from 12.3 percent to 7.5 percent for 2010.
Unlike previous years in which employees and UST shared all premium cost increases equally, St. Thomas will absorb a larger percentage in 2010 — that is 10 percent for UST and 3.2 percent for employees.
Changes to the medical plan include:
Platinum Plan Co-Pay Changes
Dental Plan Changes
Vision Plan Changes
For employees interested in learning more about the UST benefits program are invited to attend one of the following employee meetings:
General Annual Enrollment Information Sessions Remaining
Health Savings Account (HSA) Info Session
You are required to complete the online enrollment process if:
For more information contact the Benefits Office, Human Resources Department, at (651) 962-6497 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.