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Open Enrollment Begins October 12

Open Enrollment, your annual opportunity to make changes to your ’Canes Total Rewards package, will begin Monday, October 12. This year, open enrollment will take place in Workday, and unless you make changes in Workday, your current benefits, with the exception of your flexible spending account elections, will roll over to 2016. Visit miami.edu/benefits for more information.

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Employees’ Retirement Plan Annual Funding Notice Now Available Online

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 requires the University of Miami to provide an Annual Funding Notice to all ERP participants. Now available online, the Annual Funding Notice reports the funded status of the ERP for plan years 2014-2015, describes how the plan assets are invested, and outlines the benefits that are guaranteed by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Also available online are Frequently Asked Questions and a Glossary of Terms. This notice is provided for informational purposes only and no action is required on the part of ERP participants.

For questions, email the HR-Benefits team by completing the online form.

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Faculty and Staff Shape Their Bodies, Minds—and Kids—during Week of Well-Being

From talks by author Jimmy Page on finding the “one word” that can simplify your personal and professional life, to financial planning seminars, sessions on breast health and disease prevention, and wellness fairs featuring free chair massages, vision screenings, and a fitness camp led by UM alumna and personal trainer Nicole Chaplin, the University’s third annual Week of Well-Being, held April 6-10, provided a number of opportunities for employees and students on all three campuses to tone, tighten, and test their bodies and minds

It also gave the children of UM employees the chance to see what their parents and other adults do at the U.  The week concluded Friday with the annual “Take Our Children to Work Day,” which featured all sorts of activities for children ages 8 to 14 under the theme “#MPOWR, Knowledge + Choice = Strength.” On the Gables campus, the day included a pizza lunch at the Student Activities Center and visits to schools and colleges.

“It was an amazing week,” said Nerissa E. Morris, vice president for human resources, which spearheads Week of Well-Being. “Each year participation and enthusiasm surrounding the event grow. It was great to see faculty, staff, and students from across our campuses and at several satellite locations engaged in wellness activities. From wellness fairs, to financial education, a focus on culture transformation, and the involvement of families during Take Our Children to Work Day, it truly was an impactful week.”

Morris credited extraordinary teamwork for making the week a success. “I’d like to extend my sincerest thanks to all who participated—to supervisors for supporting participation, and especially to the event organizers and volunteers.”

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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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From Food to Finances, Meditation to Men’s Health, UM’s Week of Well-Being Promotes Holistic Health

UM News
By Robert C. Jones Jr.

Fidelity's Kathy Murphy with UM President Donna E. Shalala during one of the Week of Well-Being's many offerings.

Fidelity’s Kathy Murphy with UM President Donna E. Shalala during one of the Week of Well-Being’s many offerings.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 07, 2014) — It was a “wakeup call” for Kathy Murphy’s mother that came at the wrong time. With three of six children in college, her husband died at 57, leaving her to raise a family alone and figure out how to budget and save.

“We focused a lot on saving, but not investing,” Murphy, president of Fidelity Personal Investing, told an audience of about 300 University of Miami employees. Read the full story

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