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IMPORTANT BENEFIT REMINDERS

Trouble-free employee benefit plan administration requires a strong partnership between employees and Human Resources. The Human Resources Department works diligently each year-end to accurately process the thousands of required or requested benefit record changes and then to check and double-check our work.  However, in the end, we also must rely on you, the employee, to do your part in managing your benefits by confirming that you are enrolled in the benefits you intended to elect.  Please carefully review your first paycheck and let us know if you have questions or if anything seems amiss.

Medical/Dental Insurance

  • If you are a new enrollee in Medical or Dental or if you added dependents to your existing plans, CIGNA mailed individualized medical and dental ID cards to participants’ home addresses in mid-December. Otherwise, if your coverage is continuing unchanged from 2017, you should continue to use your previously issued CIGNA ID card.  If you have lost or misplaced your ID card, please call Cigna customer service at 1-800-244-6224 and they will issue you a new one.
  • As was announced on November 1, there were some increases to employee contributions toward medical and dental premiums for 2018.  New premiums will be reflected in the first paychecks issued in 2018. Additionally, employees who made coverage level changes (i.e. from family to single) should see the premium deduction applicable to the new coverage level applied in the first paycheck. Please refer to the Middlebury or Monterey 2018 rates charts when reviewing your check.
  • CIGNA’s website and mobile app are easy to use and provide convenient access to a wealth of information and services including: recent claims history, the ability to print temporary ID cards and to access virtual ID cards, provider network search, the ability to see real-time progress towards deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums, drug cost comparison tools, virtual explanations-of-benefits (EOBs), etc. To take advantage of these on-line services please follow the instructions in the MyCigna.com flyer. After registering, you can elect the paperless option and access your EOBs electronically. Your dependents may also register for their own portal…a great option for adult dependent children.

Vision Insurance

  • The premium for the vision plan increased slightly for 2018. Participants who changed coverage levels during open enrollment (i.e. switched from single to family coverage) will see the resultant premium change in the first paycheck in 2018.
  • The plan design will remain the same.  Remember, ID cards are not required (simply tell your VSP provider the last four digits of your SSN and date of birth). A summary of the plan and other helpful information is available on-line at http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/hr/staffandfaculty/benefits/vision.
  • At  VSP you can learn how to use your benefits, create a log-in to access your personal account information, file an out-of-network claim electronically, and search for in-network providers.

Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Double Check your paycheck deduction: Elections in health care and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts for 2018 should be reflected in employees’ first paychecks of the new year. Please review your pay stub and confirm that your contribution is correct (divide your total annual election by 26 and round up to the nearest penny to calculate your per pay-period election.)
  • File 2017 Claims by March 31, 2018: If you participated in a Middlebury flex plan in 2017, please remember that any medical or dependent care FSA claims incurred through December 31, 2017 should now be filed for reimbursement.  You may upload claims to the website or app or mail or fax claims (link to claim form) (do not use your Flex Card for 2017 claims). You should also make sure you have completed all substantiation requests.  For assistance with substantiation, please contact customer service at 1-800-865-6543, M-F 8am-8pm (EST).
  • Web Portal and Mobile App: The MyCafeteriaPlan website and mobile app are excellent sources of real-time information.  If you have not previously set-up an account log-in, please contact customer service oat MyCafeteriaPlan for assistance.
  • Communications: You will periodically receive emails from MyCafeteriaPlan asking that you log on to the portal to access some updated information.  The vendor alerts participants when substantiation may be needed through the portal.  These alerts are also sent to remind you to log on and review your balances and recent activity.  If you do not want to receive communications electronically (which will by default be sent to your Middlebury address), you must log on to request paper correspondence or call customer service at MyCafeteriaPlan.
  • Balances: As of January 1, 2018, your health FSA balances visible on the MyCafeteriaPlan portal reflects your 2018 unclaimed elections in combination with up to $500 of the unclaimed balance from your 2017 health FSA account.  While the amount eligible for rollover has already been added to your 2018 monies, you may still access that 2017 rollover PLUS the amount that did not rollover (which is subject to forfeiture) up until March 31, 2018 for 2017 claims. To see your 2017 balance separate from your 2018 balance, look on the left side of the home page under the ‘Available Balance’ section.  If you need assistance determining what you still have available to use for 2017 claims, please contact customer service at MyCafeteriaPlan.
  • 2018 Claims Filing Options: Expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2018 may be paid using the MyCafeteriaPlan Flex Card, uploading claims to the website, app, mailing or faxing a claim (see claim form attached).
  • Direct Deposit: If you would prefer to have reimbursements direct deposited, you will need to complete and submit a paper election form (see form attached) or enroll on-line through your MyCafeteriaPlan account on the web or mobile app.
  • Policy regarding check re-issue requests: Please carefully consider the direct deposit option.  If you receive your reimbursements via check, you will be responsible for any stop payment and re-issue fees in the event that the check is lost in the post or misplaced by you. Click here to review the policy.
  • Flex Cards: All new 2018 FSA participants (who did not participate in 2017) should have received FSA debit cards in late December. These blue Visa-branded cards, called ‘Flex Cards’, allow participants the option to access available FSA funds directly. Information about using the debit card with your FSA account can be found on the FSA Plan Details brochure attached. If you are a repeat user, your existing red “Benny Card” continues to be your active card to use.  You will not receive a new card at this time. If your cards are not received via post, or if they are misplaced or lost, they can be replaced for a $5 cancel/reissue fee. Please contact customer service at (800) 865-6543 for assistance.
  • Substantiation: Using the Flex Card is convenient however do keep in mind that the IRS requires substantiation for most expenses paid by use of such cards, so receipts must be maintained. Participants will receive a message by MyCafeteriaPlan via their online account/portal if substantiation is required.
  • Forfeiture: After the 2017 runout period ends on March 31, members will forfeit any unclaimed 2017 health FSA balances in excess of $500. Excess 2017 health FSA funds up to $500 maximum will remain in participant’s Health FSA accounts to be used for 2018 expenses.

 

Voluntary Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance

  • Premium changes related to coverage amount increases or decreases should be reflected in the first paycheck in 2018.  Voluntary Life insurance age-band changes (5-year increments) for employees will be reflected in the first paycheck in 2018. If you made changes for 2018 or you hit a new age band in 2017, please review the deduction details on your checks to confirm that your premium changed.
  • Requests for new life coverage and/or for increases in life coverage over the guarantee issue amount are not effective until approved by UNUM. An Evidence of Insurability (EOI) form (paper or electronic) must be submitted by you to UNUM if you have requested this type of change. Notification to participants who require an EOI along with a link to the on-line EOI form will be distributed to affected employees during January.  Upon review, UNUM will notify employees directly of approval or denial of coverage. Any premium changes will be made as of the effective date of the approved coverage.


Retirement

  • If you submitted forms prior to the holiday break requesting changes to your Voluntary Retirement Plan or to enroll in the 457b Salary Deferral Supplemental Retirement Plan, your new elections should have been reflected in your first paycheck of 2018. If you requested changes please confirm that your elections are as expected.

If you have questions or concerns about your benefits, please contact your benefits team: Nancy Lindberg (nlindberg@middlebury.edu / 802-443-3372) or Franklin Daniel (fdaniel@middlebury.edu / 802-443-5755.)

 

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
Jacqueline Davies Staff 11/3/2017 Student Financial Services
David Saward Faculty Emeritus 12/31/2017 Athletics
Mary Reed Staff 1/3/2018 Events Management
Bonnie Betourney Staff 1/8/2018 Parton Center for Health and Wellness
Cindy Brush Staff 1/19/2018 Student Financial Services

 

 

Digital Detox: Invitation from DLINQ

In the spirit of the new year, the newly-formed Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ) invites you to subscribe to a brief electronic newsletter series called Digital Detox. Digital Detox is an initiative organized by DLINQ which aims to reduce the toxicity of our personal digital environments and how we engage with them.

By mindfully taking on this detox, you will begin to develop critical habits that will improve your overall well-being and reduce risks to your personal digital data. The series begins Wednesday, January 10, and includes approximately two issues per week (eight total) written by DLINQ team members with information and activities to help you develop more critical, self-protective, and healthy habits in digital spaces. Issues are sent to subscribers via email.

To sign up for Digital Detox, please fill out this form. If you are curious to read more about the series, feel free to peruse this info on DLINQ’s new website.

News from the Office of Digital Learning

Updates

Are you curious about what the Office of Digital Learning is up to? As always, we provide our readers with a weekly blog series published on Tuesdays called This Week in ODL where the inquisitive mind can easily find updates on the projects, news, and developments underway at our office. We invite you to click here for a complete listing of our weekly updates. And don’t forget to check our Projects page where you can find descriptions and links to our work.

Blog

The ODL has an active blog and we hope to count you among our regular readers! To receive blog updates in your inbox, subscribe to our blog by scrolling to the bottom of our website and adding your email address to the subscribers’ list. While you’re there, we hope you’ll check out some popular recent blog posts in case you missed them:

TIAA ONE-ON-ONE COUNSELING SESSIONS WITH ERIK MOREAU

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January – March, 2018

 

  • Thursday January 4, Marble Works, 152 Maple Street, Suite 203
  • Wednesday January 10, Davis Library, Room 150D
  • Thursday January 18, Davis Library, Room 150D
  • Tuesday January 30, Marble Works, 152 Maple Street, Suite 203
  • Thursday February 8 , Davis Library, Room 150D
  • Wednesday February 14, Marble Works, 152 Maple Street, Suite 203
  • Thursday February 22, Davis Library, Room 150D
  • Tuesday March 6, Davis Library, Room 150D
  • Thursday March 15 Davis Library, Room 150D
  • Wednesday March 21, Marble Works, 152 Maple Street, Suite 203

To schedule an appointment with Erik Moreau, please call the Field Support Team at (800) 732-8353, M-F 8am – 8pm (EST) or register for one of the sessions at www.tiaa.org/schedulenow .

News from the Office of Digital Learning

Updates

The Office of Digital Learning has recently begun a series on our blog about the newly-formed information environmentalism movement as an integral part of cultivating digital fluency. As Amy Collier writes in her post Attending to the Information Environment of the Web, “Misinformation on the web is polarizing us, it’s radicalizing us, and we should be paying attention.” Amy makes a call for higher education in general — and Middlebury in particular —  to lead the way in improving our information ecosystem. To learn more about information environmentalism, and to join in, we invite you to begin by reading Amy’s post.

To learn more about other projects and initiatives supported by the Office of Digital Learning, we invite you to peruse This Week in ODL, a series on our blog where readers can find updates on the projects, news, and developments underway at our office. And don’t forget to check our Projects page where you can find descriptions of and links to our many projects.

Blog

The ODL has an active blog and we would love to count you among our regular readers! To receive blog updates in your inbox, subscribe to our blog by scrolling to the bottom of our website and adding your email address to the subscribers list. While you’re there, we hope you’ll check out our latest blog posts:

News from the Office of Digital Learning

Updates

The Office of Digital Learning has recently begun a series on our blog about the newly-formed information environmentalism movement as an integral part of cultivating digital fluency. As Amy Collier writes in her post Attending to the Information Environment of the Web, “Misinformation on the web is polarizing us, it’s radicalizing us, and we should be paying attention.” Amy makes a call for higher education in general — and Middlebury in particular —  to lead the way in improving our information ecosystem. To learn more about information environmentalism, and to join in, we invite you to begin by reading Amy’s post.

To learn more about other projects and initiatives supported by the Office of Digital Learning, we invite you to peruse This Week in ODL, a series on our blog where readers can find updates on the projects, news, and developments underway at our office. And don’t forget to check our Projects page where you can find descriptions of and links to our many projects.

Blog

The ODL has an active blog and we would love to count you among our regular readers! To receive blog updates in your inbox, subscribe to our blog by scrolling to the bottom of our website and adding your email address to the subscribers list. While you’re there, we hope you’ll check out our latest blog posts: