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Open Enrollment Reminder: April 6-April 17
March 31, 2009, Volume 55, No. 27

Open Enrollment is just around the corner.  Don’t miss your annual opportunity to modify your healthcare elections. From April 6–April 17, you can make changes to your benefits 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using Penn’s online enrollment site at www.pennbenefits.upenn.edu. Any changes made during Open Enrollment will be effective as of July 1, 2009.

Also remember to mark your calendars for the Open Enrollment and Health Fair on April 14 in Houston Hall from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Register now for a free cholesterol and glucose screening at the fair by visiting the Human Resources online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog
(click on “Course Catalog” at the top of the screen, then select “Health Promotions” from the “Browse by Category” menu).

A New Look to This Year’s Open Enrollment Materials

In this difficult economic environment, we’re all looking for ways to reduce or contain costs. To contribute to the University’s efforts, the Division of Human Resources is committed to reducing the amount of paper we generate and distribute. That’s why this year’s Open Enrollment material will look quite different from what we’ve distributed in previous years.

You should receive your Open Enrollment materials this week. As part of the mailing, you’ll still receive your personalized enrollment worksheet listing the plans you’re eligible for and the corresponding costs. You’ll also find highlights of this year’s Open Enrollment such as dates, what’s new, and how to make changes.

Then, simply visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu to find more detailed information, including specifics on what’s changing, medical plan comparison charts, and more. You’ll still have access to all the details you need to help you make the best decisions for you and your family, just in a different format.

In addition to aiding the University’s cost reduction effort, decreasing the size of the Open Enrollment materials also contributes to Penn’s sustainability effort. To further support that goal, these materials are printed on recycled paper.

We welcome your feedback about our communication efforts; please email us at askhr@hr.upenn.edu if you’d like to send a comment. And remember, more information about Penn’s benefits can always be found at www.hr.upenn.edu or by calling the Penn Benefits Center at 1–888–PENNBEN (1-888-736-6236).

Going Green: The Paperless Route

You can help Penn reduce waste and “go green” by selecting the paperless option. Choose to review your enrollment materials online instead of receiving paper enrollment guides. You’ll still have access to all the details you need about your benefits, and you’ll still be notified when you’re eligible to make changes (i.e., Open Enrollment each year or a mid-year change to your benefit eligibility status).  If you’d like to go paperless, visit www.pennbenefits.upenn.edu or call the Penn Benefits Center at 1–888–PENN–BEN (1–888–736–6236).


Almanac - March 31, 2009, Volume 55, No. 27