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Benefits Open Enrollment Begins April 9

April 3, 2012, Volume 58, No. 28

The 2012–2013 Benefits Open Enrollment period begins in less than a week—and now’s your chance to prepare!

From Monday, April 9 through Friday, April 20, you’ll have the opportunity to make changes to your healthcare elections 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Read on so you know what to expect for the new plan year beginning July 1.

Plan Changes

We’re making several enhancements to our benefits for the new plan year, including changes to our medical, prescription, dental, vision and life insurance plans as well as our flexible spending accounts. Some of them may impact you even if you keep the same coverage for the new plan year. Visit www.hr.upenn.edu/benefits/openenrollment.aspx for a complete list of changes.

How to Enroll

Make changes to your benefits coverage online using your PennKey and password. Simply visit www.pennbenefits.upenn.edu, and the online system will walk you through the enrollment process.

If you don’t have internet access, go to one of the following locations on campus to enroll online. Or contact the Penn Benefits Center at 1-888-PENN-BEN (1-888-736-6236), Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST to complete your enrollment over the phone.




Goldstein Undergraduate Study Center
3420 Walnut Street (ground level of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library)

24 hours daily Friday: closes 12 midnight
Saturday: 10 a.m.–2 a.m.
Sunday: opens 10 a.m.

Human Resources
3401 Walnut Street, 5th Floor

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Unique Advantage
3624 Market Street, Suite 1SD

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

If You Don’t Enroll

If you don’t make changes during Open Enrollment, you’ll receive the same coverage you had last year, except for the following:

  • If you have medical coverage, Penn’s prescription drug vendor will change from CVS/Caremark to Medco. You’ll receive a new prescription ID card to use as of July 1, 2012.
  • If you have dependent life insurance coverage, your coverage amount (and corresponding payroll deduction) will increase.
  • If you’re currently contributing more than $2,500 to the Health Care Flexible Spending Account, your annual contribution will automatically decrease to $2,500.

You will not need to recertify your qualified adult children during this year’s Open Enrollment. If you’re currently covering eligible children between the ages of 19 and 26, they’ll remain on your coverage as of July 1, 2012.

Attend a Fair

Representatives from Penn’s health care insurance providers and administrators will be onsite to share information and answer questions. Learn about medical plans (Independence Blue Cross and Aetna), prescription drug coverage (Medco), dental plans (Penn Faculty Practice and MetLife), vision coverage (Davis Vision and VSP), Flexible Spending Accounts (ADP) and the Penn Benefits Center (ADP). Penn’s retirement vendors—TIAA-CREF and Vanguard—will also be onsite to answer questions and provide information about retirement plans.

At the Open Enrollment and Health Fair at Houston Hall on April 10, you can also take advantage of free health screenings and wellness information on several topics, including blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose, recreation and fitness, women’s health, environmental safety and ergonomics, Penn’s Employee Assistance Program, occupational therapy, diabetes and heart health, oral and dental care and more. Pre-registration for some tests is required.





Open Enrollment and Health Fair

Tuesday, April 10

10 a.m.–
2 p.m.

Houston Hall,
Hall of Flags

Open Enrollment Fair

Wednesday, April 11

10 a.m.–
2 p.m.

New Bolton Center,
Alumni Hall

More Information

Learn more about the 2012–2013 Open Enrollment period from the following resources:

  • Visit www.hr.upenn.edu/benefits/openenrollment.aspx where you can learn about plan changes, access plan comparison charts, view benefit rates for the new plan year, and more.
  • Contact the Penn Benefits Center at 1-888-PENN-BEN (1-888-736-6236), Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST.
  • Contact Human Resources at benefits@hr.upenn.edu



Healthcare Rates for 2012-2013


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MetLife Dental


















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