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University Releases Details of 2015 Medical Plans

Benefits Open Enrollment will return October 13-31. With health care ranked as a “highly valued” benefit, according to the ’Canes Total Rewards assessment, the University has released the 2015 health care plan highlights to enable you to make informed decisions about your coverage for next year.

What’s staying the same in 2015?

  • Same three medical plans: Aetna Select 1, Aetna Select 2, and the Aetna Health Reimbursement Account (HRA).
  • Free preventive care services for UM/Aetna medical plan members.
  • No increase to medical plan copays or deductibles.
  • Lower copays at UHealth.
  • Low-cost services for sick care, and free annual physicals and immunizations at the on-site walk-in Healthy ’Canes Employee Clinics.
  • Free generics and reduced-price brand medications through Aetna Health Connections.
  • Well ’Canes Incentives Program will continue in 2015, allowing you to earn up to $300 per year by getting engaged in your well-being.

What’s changing in 2015?

  • Minimal increases to health care premiums.
  • Spousal surcharge. The medical plan’s spousal surcharge, which allows you to cover a spouse/same-sex domestic partner who has access to his/her own employer-provided medical plan, will increase to $250 per month.
  • Smoker’s surcharge. The medical plan’s smoker’s surcharge, which applies to adult smokers covered under the UM/Aetna medical plan, will increase to $100 per smoker, per month. Complete the complimentary BeSmokeFree program by October 31, 2014, to avoid the surcharge.
  • NEW: Aetna Select 1 and 2 out-of-pocket maximums will now include prescription copays. This enhancement will help reduce overall cost for participants.
  • NEW: Generic Choice incentive program for UM/Aetna members. Save money and avoid out-of-pocket costs by choosing generic medications, if available. If you fill a brand name medication when a generic is available, you will be responsible for the higher copay, plus the difference in cost between the generic and the brand name medication. If you’re currently taking a brand name medication for which a generic equivalent is available, you will receive more information about this program at your home within the next few months.
  • NEW: Rx Step Therapy program. Expensive medications aren’t always best. For a small group of medications, UM/Aetna plan members will be required to try a less expensive but equally effective medication before trying higher-priced alternatives. If the less expensive medication has not been tried, the plan may not cover the more expensive medication. If you’re currently taking a medication that may be part of the Rx Step Therapy program, you and your doctor will receive more information about this program within the next few months.
  • Minimal increase to some prescription drug copays. Generic drug copays will remain at $10. The copay for tier 2, brand-preferred drugs will be $45, and for tier 3, non-preferred brand drugs, it will be $75.
  • NEW–Guardrails Screenings at Healthy ’Canes Employee Clinics. The Guardrails Prevention Initiative will offer free, 10-minute health assessments for faculty and staff. Visit healthycanesclinic.com to locate a clinic near you and see the Guardrails evaluation schedule.

The University will continue to monitor health care reform requirements and changes to the health care environment while working to ensure that the UM health care plans remain competitive.

In September, you will receive additional information about the 2015 Benefits Open Enrollment via email, interoffice mail, and through e-Veritas and e-Update. We thank you for your continued partnership and engagement in advancing your well-being as we work together to maintain high-quality health benefits. If you have any questions about the University’s health care plans or how these changes may affect you, please click here or contact HR-Benefits at miami.edu/benefits/ask or 305-284-3004.



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Are You Missing Out on Free Money?

If you’re eligible for the Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) but aren’t making contributions, you are missing out on free money from the University that will help you save for your retirement. If you aren’t sure how to get started or think it’s too late to start, you should register for “Save a Little Today, Play a Lot Tomorrow.” These interactive workshops, hosted by Fidelity Investments, will teach you how saving a little today will result in an increased retirement benefit. Workshops are scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon, and healthy snacks will be provided at the end. As an added bonus, if you enroll or increase your voluntary contribution after the workshop, you will receive a complimentary two-week pass, good at both the Coral Gables and medical campus Wellness Centers. Click here to reserve your seat today.

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Well ’Canes Yoga Wednesdays on the Foote Green

Bring your yoga mat and participate in 45 minutes of stretching and relaxation on the Coral Gables campus’s Foote University Green on Wednesday, June 11, from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Well ’Canes Yoga Wednesdays, which are free sessions sponsored by UM Human Resources and the Wellness Centers, are offered exclusively for faculty, staff, and students. If you have any questions, contact HR-Benefits by calling 305-284-3004 or completing the online inquiry form at www.miami.edu/benefits/ask.

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Save on Prescription Drugs and Get Personalized Medical Guidance Through Aetna Health Connections

If you or a family member on the UM/Aetna medical plan take medication for diabetes, asthma, high cholesterol, or hypertension, you can save money and get personalized medical guidance through Aetna Health Connections. This condition management program provides you with an Aetna nurse, who will be your personal health coach and can help you understand your doctor’s treatment plans, help you find healthier lifestyle choices, and keep you on track to improve your well-being.

Program participants will receive generic drugs for their condition at no charge and a 50 percent co-pay reduction for preferred brand drugs. Maintenance medications should be filled in 90-day supplies at CVS or through Aetna Rx Home Delivery to make the most of the discounts. It can take up to eight weeks from the time participants enroll in the Aetna Health Connections condition management program to see their discount at the pharmacy. To get started, call Aetna at 1-866-269-4500 or click here to learn more.

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Flexible Summer Workweek Program Begins May 30

The University’s Flexible Summer Workweek Program returns this month. Flexible workweeks allow employees to take care of personal and family obligations while fulfilling work commitments, a key component to workplace wellness and UM’s wellness philosophy. Coral Gables and Rosenstiel Campus employees looking for a change from their traditional work schedules can request to participate in the ten-week program, which runs from May 30 through August 6.

If you would like to participate in the program, please complete the Flexible Summer Workweek Form. All forms must be submitted to the supervisor at least ten (10) days prior to the start of the flexible schedule requested and require management approval.

Click here to learn more about the Flexible Summer Workweek Program. Specific units or departments may adjust the duration of this program for operational reasons as needed.

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