We are pleased to announce our Benefits Open Enrollment period for the 2014 plan year. Beginning November 18, 2013 through December 9, 2013, you will have the opportunity to enroll in or make changes to your existing enrollment in the Barnard Benefits Program.
GHI/Emblem Medical Health Care
During the 2014 Open Enrollment period, employees may add eligible dependents to their existing health care plan. Normally, employees that experience a qualifying life event, such as birth, adoption or marriage, allows for such dependent to be added to the plan within 31 days of such event.
Dependent Children Coverage
For your information, the following applies to your coverage with GHI:
Under certain circumstances children may be continued as dependents under the plan beyond age 26. Children must reside in New York State, must be unmarried, under age 30, and must be ineligible for other coverage. In such cases you must pay the full, taxable amount of this coverage.
If your child is no longer eligible for coverage under the plan, your child has the right to continuation coverage under COBRA.
Please provide Human Resources with information regarding the status of your dependent child(ren), (i.e., student or no longer eligible), on the form that was mailed to your office. If your child can no longer be covered under the plan, our third party COBRA administrator, COBRASource, Inc.,will provide premium information to you once they have been notified.
Waiver of Coverage
In accordance with the College’s agreement with Local 2110:
An employee who is eligible for health insurance coverage and waives such coverage will receive a monthly payment of $200 for single coverage and $400 for multiple/family coverage in lieu of benefits. In order to be eligible for this payment, annually the employee must submit satisfactory proof of coverage under another health insurance plan. Employees who waive coverage may terminate the waiver and elect coverage if there is a change in the employee’s spouse’s employment status that results in the loss of coverage. This waiver of coverage payment is not available to employees where both the employee and his/her spouse work for Barnard College. Amounts will be pro-rated for part-time, benefits eligible employees opting out of health insurance.
The deadline for submitting enrollment changes, waivers and dependent information forms is December 9, 2013. All changes will become effective January 1, 2014.
GHI/Emblem Dental Care
During the Open Enrollment period, you can make certain changes to your dental coverage, like add eligible dependents, or waive coverage based on certain requirements. Open enrollment is the only time you may add eligible dependents, other than within 31 days following the birth or adoption of a child, or marriage.
Dependent Children Coverage:
Flexible Spending Accounts
The Barnard College Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account is a benefit program which can enable you to reduce taxes by paying for your unreimbursed dependent care expenses with pre-tax income. In order to participate for the calendar year 2014, you must complete and return your election form by the deadline, December 9, 2013.
Annual Maximum: Dependent Care Spending $5,000
Once the plan year begins, you may change the amount of your flexible spending contributions only if you experience a qualifying life event – marriage, death, divorce, birth or adoption of a child, or a change in a spouse’s employment status. This change must occur within 31 days of the qualifying event. Otherwise, your election may not be changed during the year.
We have indicated your contribution election on the enrollment form. Please complete and return the form to the Office of Human Resources by December 9, 2013. This deadline is crucial to the completion of the flexible spending process for the beginning of the year 2014.
Employee Assistance Program
We are pleased to announce our new Employee Assistance Program through Harris Rothenberg International Inc. We encourage your participation in this program and take advantage of the available resources provided. This program is available to you at no cost. Enclosed is a flyer that provides additional information on this program.