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Benefits Open Enrollment Begins October 7

September 29, 2015

Department of Human Resources

Oberlin College will conduct its annual benefits open enrollment during October and November. The Human Resources Department will kick off the activities on Wednesday, October 7, with a Benefits and Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Carnegie Hall’s Root Room.

The Benefits and Wellness Fair is an excellent opportunity for individuals to obtain more information about the college’s health plans and benefits and to meet with insurance representatives, retirement advisors, financial services vendors, and wellness experts. Student Health Services will provide flu shots at no charge for those with a Cigna membership card during the fair. There is a $20 charge for those without a card, which can be paid with cash, check, credit or debit card.

There will be several new features at this year’s fair.

  • Mercy Allen Medical Center will provide free bone density screenings (foot).
  • Free 10-minute chair massages will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Bon Appétit and Campus Dining Services will host a healthy food preparation with tasting samples.
  • The athletics department will demonstrate stretching and weight-lifting techniques.

Additionally, you may participate in Cleveland Clinic Lifestyle EAP 10-minute relaxation practice tips. Fair goers will receive complimentary promotional items and chances to win raffle prizes offered by the fair exhibitors. Don’t miss this fun and informative event!

The online open enrollment period for 2016 benefits runs October 7 to November 4, 2015. During this time, employees can enroll for a benefit for the first time, change plan options, add or remove eligible dependents, and enroll in a 2016 flexible spending account. You may also make your 2016 pledge to the Oberlin Community Giving Campaign online. All employees who enroll for benefits and/or give to the campaign online using PRESTO will be entered into a drawing for a valuable prize.

New for 2016, faculty, administrative and professional staff (A&PS), and confidential employees will have the option to enroll in a new health plan choice. The new plan, named Choice Fund Open Access Plus HSA, is a consumer-driven health plan (CDHP) with a health savings account (HSA). Eligible employees who elect the CDHP may fund a health savings account each year on a pre-tax basis. Oberlin College will deposit money into the HSA even if you do not add your own funds into the account. These HSA dollars can be used to cover 100 percent of HSA-eligible expenses. If dollars remain at year-end, they roll over for you to use in the future. The HSA account is owned by you and is also portable; you take it with you if you leave the plan or the college.

Additional details regarding the new CDHP benefits will be available throughout open enrollment. Cigna representatives will conduct informational sessions at the Benefits and Wellness Fair.

For additional information regarding open enrollment, contact:

Mark McLeod

Director of Compensation and Benefits


Awura Ferguson Osei

Manager of Retirement and Disability Benefits

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