Pitt Employee Health Benefits Open Enrollment Starts April 20

Issue Date: 
April 18, 2011

Pitt faculty and staff members who wish to make changes to their health, vision, or dental benefits can do so during the annual Open Enrollment period, which this year runs from April 20 through May 11. This is the only period that the Internal Revenue Service permits benefits changes to be made. Otherwise, changes are permitted only if there is a qualified life event such as birth of a child, marriage, divorce, or loss of a spouse’s coverage.

Pitt employees who do not wish to change their current benefits selections do not need to take any action. Benefits selections will remain the same for the new plan year if an employee does not make any changes. However, if changes are desired, employees must complete them via an online enrollment form by May 11. A confirmation statement will be mailed to employees at the end of the Open Enrollment period.

This week the University expects to mail information packets with details of Pitt’s benefits plans, including vision and dental plan options and long-term care and life insurance choices. Employees who do not receive their packets should call the Benefits Department at 412-624-8160.

The Benefits Department will conduct an Open Enrollment Fair on each campus during the Open Enrollment period. The fairs provide an opportunity to meet directly with representatives from each of the insurance carriers. For the Oakland campus in Pittsburgh, two fairs will be held in the University Club’s Ballroom A—from noon to 2:30 p.m. April 25 and from noon to 3 p.m. April 26. A third fair will be held in Scaife Hall’s Conference Room 1105ABC from noon to 2:30 p.m. May 5.

Long-term care presentations will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the University Club’s Gold Room on April 25 and April 26. A third presentation will be held in Scaife Hall’s Conference Room 1106 on May 6.