Pitt Slates Benefits Fairs for 2009 Open Enrollment Season

Issue Date: 
April 26, 2009

If you are a University of Pittsburgh faculty or staff member and want to change your benefits, now is the time.

The University’s open enrollment period is April 23 through May 13—a period during which Pitt staff and faculty can make changes in their benefit selections. The period is the only time during the benefits year that IRS regulations allow such changes. Otherwise, benefit selection changes are permitted only if there is a qualified life event. The most common qualifying life events include marriage, divorce, birth/adoption of a child, and a significant change in or loss of a spouse’s/partner’s benefits coverage.

Benefits information sessions for faculty and staff are set for noon to 3 p.m. on April 29 and 30 in the William Pitt Union’s Lower Lounge.

A session titled “Staying on Track in a Volatile Market” will be presented by TIAA-CREF from noon to 12:45 p.m. on April 29 and from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on April 30.

The Vanguard Group will present “Staying Calm in a Bear Market” from 1 to 1:45 p.m. April 29 and from noon to 12:45 p.m. April 30.

Representatives from UNUM Group will discuss Pitt’s long-term care offerings from 12:45 to 1 p.m. on April 29 and 1:45 to 2 p.m. on April 30.

In addition, representatives from UNUM and Pitt’s benefits department will hold five additional sessions on long-term care insurance. The benefit is being offered during the open enrollment period, which means faculty and staff can enroll in group long-term care insurance without completing an evidence of insurability application.

All sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and will be available on April 27 in Room 4127 of the Sennott Square Building; May 1, William Pitt Union Ballroom; May 4, Room 4127 Sennott Square Building; and May 8 and 11, William Pitt Union Ballroom.