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Well ’Canes Incentives Program Adds New Ways to Earn Incentive Dollars in 2015

The Well ’Canes Incentives Program has added new activities in 2015 to make earning your $300 incentive even easier. After you complete the online health assessment, you can now earn points by getting a flu shot, receiving a skin cancer screening, attending free Faculty and Staff Assistance Program seminars, and getting personal retirement guidance with Fidelity or TIAA-CREF. In addition, the Edna C. Shalala Run/Walk and the Team UM Dolphins Cycling Challenge are now part of the program activities. Click here for a complete list of Well ‘Canes Incentives Program activities and remember to visit the PureWellness website to register, review your account, and track your points. Remember that points earned after this year’s deadlines will be awarded during 2015. If you have any questions, please contact HR-Benefits at 305-284-3004 or miami.edu/benefits/ask.


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Update on VitalMD and Aetna

VitalMD is a large physician practice in Florida consisting primarily of ob-gyn and pediatric providers. The University recently learned that, after several months of negotiations, the contract between VitalMD and Aetna will be terminated on November 15. Negotiations are ongoing between Aetna and VitalMD, and the University has expressed to Aetna its desire to retain VitalMD within the Aetna network. Although our hope is that an agreement will be reached prior to the stated termination date, it is also possible that an agreement will be reached after that deadline passes.  Should that occur, UM will work with Aetna to process any claims incurred during the termination window.  We will continue to provide updates each week.

If you have any questions, please contact HR-Benefits at 305-284-3004 or complete the online form.

To schedule an appointment with a UHealth Ob-Gyn, call UHealth Connect, the UM employee-dedicated appointment line, at 305-243-CARE (2273).


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Open Enrollment Begins October 13

Open Enrollment begins October 13 and runs through October 31. This is your annual opportunity to review, enroll in, or make changes to your medical, dental, flexible spending, and disability benefits. If you are currently participating in the University’s medical plan, please remember that your medical plan elections do not roll over. You must either elect or decline medical coverage for 2015 as well as confirm your smokers’ and spousal surcharge elections during Open Enrollment. If you do not, you and your covered dependents will be placed in the Aetna HRA option, and the increased smokers’ and spousal surcharges will apply for 2015.

Please visit the Open Enrollment website for more information about your 2015 benefits, the open enrollment process, and to review the webcast and live information sessions schedule. And don’t forget to mark your calendars to visit the Benefits Fair featuring a Workday preview, a glimpse at the new Career and Compensation program, benefits vendors, giveaways, free chair massages, flu shots, and more. Click here to view the complete schedule.

This is also a great time to review your retirement savings. If you are a participant in the Faculty Retirement Plan or the Employees’ Retirement Plan, Open Enrollment is the perfect time to begin or increase your voluntary contributions, in addition to what the University is contributing, to help secure your financial wellness. If you are in the Retirement Savings Plan, you could be missing out on free money if you’re contributing less than 5 percent to the plan. Visit netbenefits.com/um or call 1-800-642-7131 to get started. You can receive personalized assistance in person or by phone. It’s never too early or too late to get started.

If you have any questions about your ’Canes Total Rewards or the Open Enrollment process, please contact HR-Benefits at 305-284-3004 or miami.edu/benefits/ask.


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Employees Retirement Plan Annual Funding Notice

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 requires that the University of Miami provide an Annual Funding Notice to all ERP participants. The Annual Funding Notice reports the funded status of the ERP for the plan years 2011 through 2013, describes how the plan assets are invested, and outlines the benefits that are guaranteed by an agency of the federal government called the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Frequently asked questions and a glossary of terms are also included. This notice is provided for informational purposes only. No action is required on your part. If you have any questions, please email the HR-Benefits team by completing the online form located here.

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Ready to Retire? Learn How at a Retirement Education Seminar

UM faculty and staff considering retirement are encouraged to attend Ready to Retire, a seminar designed to guide them through the steps of retirement. Experts will discuss your retirement fund distribution options, health care benefits, and important Medicare deadlines, as well as the emotional and psychological factors that contribute to a healthy and happy retirement. Sessions will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. as follows:

Coral Gables campus | Tuesday, September 9 at Founders Hall; Friday, September 12 at Storer Auditorium

Miller School of Medicine campus | Wednesday, September 10 at the Mailman Center Auditorium

RSMAS campus | Thursday, September 11 at RSMAS Auditorium

Register for a session here.  If you have trouble registering, contact BenefitsRSVP@miami.edu and indicate which campus session you will be attending. For more information, please contact a benefits representative at www.miami.edu/benefits/ask.


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