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About Franklin Ford Daniel

Franklin Ford Daniel, a Benefits Specialist at Middlebury College, enjoys the administration of the College's retirement plans and other benefits. Franklin's currently fired up with the Certified Benefits Professional training to comply with U.S. legal and regulatory requirements and integrate benefits programs with business strategy and design. Prior to joining Middlebury, Franklin was a benefits analyst at Service Employees International Union. Before his benefits administration career, Franklin spent his days in the soccer field as a semi-professional soccer player with the NJ Nationals and Cape Cod Crusaders. Follow @franklindaniel_ on Twitter.

Reminder: Closing out your 2016 Flexible Spending Accounts

If you participated in a flexible spending account in 2016 and still have a remaining balance, you have until March 15, 2017 to seek reimbursement for dates of service which occurred in 2016.  While at this point in time you can no longer use your 2016 benefits debit card for claims, you may file your claims by using a paper claim form and submitting it via mail, fax or via electronic upload.  Here is a link to the 2016 CBA FSA claim form: http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/170601/original/CBA_Blue_Flex_Claim_Form.pdf

Here is a link to the site for uploading your 2016 FSA claims: https://secure.cbabluevt.com/electronic-submission.aspx?app=reimbursement

After March 15th, remaining 2016 Health FSA balances, up to a maximum of $500 will be rolled over to your 2017 Health FSA account.  The rollovers are expected to be credited to employees accounts with MyCafeteriaPlan in April.   If an employee participated in the flex spending accounts in 2016, but did not enroll in 2017, any rollover funds available to them will result in a new account being opened for them at MyCafeteriaPlan, and debit cards issued.

Cigna One on One Meetings in Middlebury

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Reminder, representatives from Cigna will continue to visit the Middlebury campus several more times in February through April, 2017. On-site visits are reserved for private, one-one-one meetings between employees and a Cigna representative.  If you have a question about your medical or dental benefits please make an appointment to speak with our local representative at:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4cadac2babf49-cigna3

2017 Flexible Spending Accounts Update

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2017 Flexible Spending Accounts Update

If you are a benefits-eligible employee who is enrolled in a 2017 flexible spending account, you may have recently received a Welcome email from MyCafeteriaPlan.  The email outreach effort sent by Middlebury’s new FSA service, MyCafeteriaPlan, provided by Business Plans Inc.  You may access your online portal to your flex account(s) via the instructions in that email. Once logged on to the portal, you will be prompted to update your username and password by following the instructions available at this link: http://www.middlebury.edu/system/files/new_user_login_information_extended.pdf. You may also update your profile with your preferred contact information, such as  a personal email address or physical mailing address. Or you may leave your profile as is, and receive correspondence on your work email account. The portal also gives you access to your account balances, transaction history and an option to submit your claims electronically.

Accessing the flexible spending portal at MyCafeteriaPlan.com is an enhanced service, which many employees may find useful. But if you prefer to not log on, you will still be able to utilize your ‘Benny’ card and/or submit claims utilizing the claim form that is available for download on Middlebury’s website at this link: http://www.middlebury.edu/system/files/media/Claim%20Form_FSA%20Flex.pdf

If you have questions about your 2017 flexible spendng account, feel free to reach out to customer service at MyCafeteriaPlan at (937) 865-6500 or toll free at (800) 865-6543.  You may also contact Nancy Lindberg or Franklin Daniel in Human Resources at 802-443-3372.


2016  Flexible Spending Accounts Reminder

If you participated in a flexible spending account in 2016 and still have a remaining balance, you have until March 15, 2017 to seek reimbursement for dates of service which occurred in 2016.  While at this point in time you can no longer use your 2016 benefits debit card for claims, you may file your claims by using a paper claim form and submitting it via mail, fax or via electronic upload.  Here is a link to the 2016 CBA FSA claim form: http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/170601/original/CBA_Blue_Flex_Claim_Form.pdf

Here is a link to the site for uploading your 2016 FSA claims: https://secure.cbabluevt.com/electronic-submission.aspx?app=reimbursement

After March 15th, remaining 2016 Health FSA balances, up to a maximum of $500 will be rolled over to your 2017 Health FSA account.

Retirement Transitions

Individuals who end employment after having worked for Middlebury in a benefits-eligible status for a minimum of ten years past the age of forty-five qualify as “Middlebury Retirees”.

Name Type Retirement Date Department
Thomas Corbin Staff 1/3/2017 Assistant Treasurer’s Office
Susan Grant Staff 1/4/2017 Facilities Services
Mary Brady Staff 1/4/2017 Student Financial Services
Jane Schoenfeld Staff 1/6/2017 Davis UWC Scholars Program
Ann Hanson Staff 1/9/2017 Commons Office – Ross

TIAA ONE-ON-ONE COUNSELING SESSIONS WITH ERIK MOREAU

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January – June, 2017

  • Wednesday January 18, Davis Library 150C
  • Wednesday February 1, Davis Library 150D
  • Wednesday February 15, Davis Library 150D
  • Tuesday February 28, Davis Library 150D
  • Thursday March 9 , Marble Works, Suite 203
  • Wednesday March 15, Davis Library 150D
  • Thursday March 30, Davis Library 150D
  • Wednesday April 12, Davis Library 150D
  • Thursday April 20, Marble Works, Suite 203
  • Tuesday May 2, Davis Library 150D
  • Thursday May 11, Marble Works, Suite 203
  • Wednesday May 24, Davis Library 150D
  • Wednesday June 7, Davis Library 150D
  • Wednesday June 21, Davis Library 150D

To schedule an appointment with Erik Moreau, please call the Field Support Team at (800) 732-8353, M-F 8am – 8pm (EST).

ID Card Update

cignaWe anticipate that all benefits-eligible participants and their eligible dependents who enrolled in the medical plan for 2017 will receive their Cigna identification cards by the end of December, 2016. A dental ID card will be issued and sent separately.

On or after January 1st, members can register online at myCigna.com and print a temporary ID card. At myCigna.com you will be able to:

  • Learn more about your plan, and the coverage that comes with it
  • Find in-network doctors and medical services
  • View claim history and account transactions, and print claim forms.
  • Find information and estimate costs for medical procedures and treatments
  • Compare hospitals by numbers of procedures performed, patients’ average length of stay, and cost.

Click here for more information on registering for mycigna.com after January 1st.

Click here re: printing a temporary ID card after January 1st.

Cigna’s customer service representatives are available to assist you at any time.  You may reach them at: (800) 244-6224.

2016 Flexible Spending Account Reminder

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You have until December 31st, 2016 to incur expenses that can be applied to your 2016 Flexible Spending Account. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Plan and the Benefits Card. For additional information please see the FSA website at

http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/hr/staffandfaculty/benefits/flex.

Q:  How do I access the funds in my 2016 Flexible Spending Account?

There are two ways to access your FSA funds:

  1. You may pay for eligible expenses using cash or check and then submit for reimbursement by completing a FSA claim form with a itemized receipt or explanation of benefits (you have until March 15, 2017 to submit claims on your 2016 FSA); or
  2. You may pay for eligible expenses, by December 31st, using your Benefits Card.  After December 31st, 2016 you will not be able to utilize your Benefits Card to access your 2016 FSA account.

Q:  How do I know how much is in my account?

FSA plan participants can find out current account balances anytime online by logging into their account at http://select.cbabluevt.com/middlebury/ or by calling Blue’s Customer Service Department at 1-888-222-9206.

Q:  Can I rollover any unused money for the next plan year?

Yes. The IRS allows up to $500 to roll from one plan year to the next in the Health Care FSA only. Please refer to the Health Care FSA Rollover Q&A form:http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/486763/original/fsa_rollover_qa_final.pdf.

Q:  Will I be able to use my Benefits Card in 2017 to access my 2016 FSA account balances?

No, the Benefits Card can only access the available balance in your CURRENT FSA plan year. This means if you want to use your Benefits Card to pay for expenses from your 2016 FSA you must pay for them by December 31, 2016.  

 Q:  Do I have to use the Benefits Card?

 No, you do not have to use the Benefits card. The Benefits Card is provided for your convenience. If you choose not to use the Benefits Card, you may send in a paper claim form with the proper documentation for reimbursement to CBA Blue (via fax or mail).  The paper claim form is available at http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/170601/original/CBA_Blue_Flex_Claim_Form.pdf

 

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