blog postsReview/Update Your Mailing AddressSep 17, 2021 1:00 pm28 views Have you reviewed your mailing address recently?SURS Money Purchase Factors ChangeSep 16, 2021 4:00 pm57 views Earlier this year, SURS announced that the factors table used to calculate SURS retirement benefits under the Money Purchase calculation will change effective July 2, 2022. This change is a result of a study required by state statute. Read on to determine if you are impacted by this change, and for important considerations if you are thinking about retirement. Deadline September 30: Submit FSA Claims for FY2021Sep 15, 2021 7:30 am77 views Only a few weeks remain to submit your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) claims for the FY2021 plan year! Any remaining claims for services from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, must be submitted by September 30 for reimbursement.Keep Your Personal Information UpdatedSep 9, 2021 7:30 am210 views Do you have emergency contacts on file with the University of Illinois System? Are they current? It is important to keep up-to-date emergency contact information on file, so U of I System representatives know who to call on your behalf in the unfortunate event of an emergency or accident.MyBenefits Unavailable September 8 - 12Sep 2, 2021 7:30 am368 views The MyBenefits Service Center and MyBenefits.illinois.gov will be unavailable from 6 p.m. September 8th – September 12th for a system upgrade.September 2021 Wellness ConnectionSep 1, 2021 1:00 pm0 views The September 2021 Wellness Connection Newsletter is now available! In this issue: Lifestyle Changes to Improve Cholesterol, Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Apples and Onions, Addiction and the Brain, Prepare to Protect, and Interview with Vice President Adrienne Nazon.Time Off for COVID-19 Vaccination PurposesAug 27, 2021 9:00 am282 views The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) enables the University of Illinois System to provide COVID-19 vaccine-related time off to faculty and staff through September 30, 2021. Employees of the University of Illinois System who meet the qualifying criteria may now be eligible for leave related to accompanying or caring for a related individual receiving a COVID-19 vaccination. University of Illinois System Statement on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual MisconductAug 16, 2021 7:30 am164 views The University of Illinois System Statement on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct is available on the System HR website. Please take a few minutes to review this important information.Reminder: State Benefit Updates Effective July 1Aug 16, 2021 7:30 am302 views We’d like to provide a general reminder about some State benefits changes that took effect July 1, 2021.403(b) Plan Changes Complete: Review Your AccountAug 12, 2021 3:00 pm462 views Changes to the University of Illinois 403(b) Plan are now complete. Now that funds have been mapped to the new streamlined fund lineup, you are encouraged to log into your Fidelity and/or TIAA account to review your portfolio to ensure the asset allocation is consistent with your retirement goals. You may make fund changes at any time (up to once per business day). No action is necessary if you do not wish to make any changes.Returning from Leave - State Benefits CoverageAug 12, 2021 7:30 am109 views During an unpaid leave, Central Management Services (CMS) mails bills directly to State benefit participants, and bills are to be paid in full to CMS. Failing to pay premium bills can result in your coverage being terminated.Your Flexible Spending Account: Login with HealthSafe IDAug 6, 2021 7:30 am276 views Last month, we communicated that the FSA vendor, ConnectYourCare (CYC), is transitioning to Optum Financial. As part of this change, participants will now log into their accounts using HealthSafe ID. HealthSafe ID provides the enhanced security of two-factor authentication to keep your information secure.August 2021 Wellness ConnectionAug 4, 2021 1:00 pm0 views The August 2021 Wellness Connection Newsletter is now available! In this issue: Summer Sun Safety Month, Fig and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese & Pecans, Self-Care: Finding the Time, Eight Dimensions of Wellness, and an Interview with the UI Stride Winners.Last Chance! 403(b) Plan Changes: Attend a WebinarAug 2, 2021 7:30 am255 views Upcoming 403(b) Plan enhancements will be effective soon. You have just a few more days if you’d like to make any changes prior to the fund mapping for streamlining of the fund menu. If you would like to make any changes to your asset allocation prior to mapping, you must complete your transaction(s) ahead of the stock market closing (3:00 PM CST) on Friday, August 6th.Juneteenth HolidayJul 26, 2021 7:30 am161 views As President Killeen announced in his June 17th communication, we are pleased to add Juneteenth National Independence Day to the University of Illinois System holiday schedule beginning June 2022.Reminder! 403(b) Plan Changes: Attend a WebinarJul 19, 2021 7:30 am292 views Last month, we announced important upcoming enhancements to the University 403(b) Plan. Prepare for Upcoming ChangesTo help you navigate this change to the new streamlined fund lineup, transition guides and live informational webinars are available. The same webinar will be repeated multiple times with each company.State Life Insurance Beneficiary DesignationJul 14, 2021 8:00 am281 views We recently communicated that MetLife is the new Life Insurance Carrier for the State of Illinois Employees’ Group Insurance Program (SEGIP). See below for some important updates regarding this transition.Your Flexible Spending Account: Verify Deductions and ReminderJul 13, 2021 8:00 am164 views At the beginning of a new benefit year, it’s a good idea to review your payroll deductions to ensure the appropriate amounts are being withheld. You should view the benefit deductions on your Earnings Statement to ensure your FSA deductions and other benefit deductions are correct.HealthLink Participants: Watch for Your Updated ID CardJul 9, 2021 11:45 am177 views New for FY 2022, your HealthLink ID card will only have your (the primary member’s) name listed. You will not receive separate cards with covered dependents’ names as you have in previous years. Additionally, your middle initial(s) will not be on the ID card.July 2021 Wellness ConnectionJul 7, 2021 3:30 pm0 views The July 2021 Wellness Connection Newsletter is now available! In this issue: Strengthen Your Social Muscles, Southwestern Crockpot Chicken, Healthy Habits, The Power of Time Off, and Employee Spotlight with Cassie Tafilaw.403(b) Plan Changes: Attend a WebinarJul 7, 2021 1:00 pm304 views Last month, we announced important upcoming enhancements to the University 403(b) Plan. To help you navigate this change to the new streamlined fund lineup, transition guides and live informational webinars are available. The same webinar will be repeated multiple times with each company.Verify Your State Benefit ElectionsJun 30, 2021 11:00 am354 views The new plan year for State benefits (health/vision, dental, and life insurance, and flexible spending accounts) starts on July 1, 2021. If you made any changes during Benefit Choice, you should have received a mailing from CMS at your home address confirming your Benefit Choice elections. Any changes you made will be in effect tomorrow.New State Life Insurance Carrier - MetLifeJun 29, 2021 3:00 pm559 views MetLife is the new Life Insurance Carrier for the State of Illinois Employees’ Group Insurance Program (SEGIP) with coverage transitioning July 1, 2021. Please watch your mail regarding the plan summary and rate information. Unemployment fraud, phishing on the rise via text, email, social mediaJun 28, 2021 12:30 pm840 views Following is a general notice and reminder to all University of Illinois System faculty and staff to be aware of an increase in identity theft-related unemployment fraud and phishing schemes. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) issued a press release urging citizens to be on high alert for phishing schemes attempting to impersonate and exploit IDES and unemployment systems across the country. Note: IDES will never send a text message seeking your personal information, such as your social security number or driver’s license number.Reminder: Be Alert for Phishing AttemptsJun 24, 2021 4:15 pm62 views Be cautious of unexpected messages or emails asking you to urgently log in to a website or service. Please protect your personal information.Introducing University 403(b) Plan EnhancementsJun 22, 2021 8:30 am2981 views We are pleased to announce important upcoming enhancements to the University 403(b) Plan. The University of Illinois System is committed to providing a best in class Supplemental 403(b) Plan to help support your financial wellbeing and to help you prepare for your retirement goals.ConnectYourCare is transitioning to Optum FinancialJun 18, 2021 12:15 pm645 views ConnectYourCare (CYC), the current vendor for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), is transitioning to Optum Financial over the coming months. During this time, you may see both the CYC and Optum Financial names on program materials.Junteenth HolidayJun 17, 2021 6:00 pm0 views I am delighted that President Biden and Governor Pritzker each signed legislation this week declaring Juneteenth a holiday on both the federal and state levels.June 2021 Wellness ConnectionJun 2, 2021 1:00 pm0 views The June 2021 Wellness Connection Newsletter is now available! In this issue: Active Recovery for Better Workouts, Cherry Berry Smoothie, Step Up for PTSD Awareness, The Benefits of the Great Outdoors, and A BIG Thank You to Leana Coffey.State of Illinois Budget UpdateJun 2, 2021 8:00 am0 views Over the holiday weekend, the Illinois legislature approved a budget for the coming fiscal year that would hold state appropriations at current-year levels for the University of Illinois System. The proposed budget will be sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who is expected to sign it into law.HSHS Medical Group Provider Coverage for FY22May 27, 2021 4:30 pm157 views HSHS Medical Group will continue to serve Aetna HMO, Aetna OAP, Quality Care Health Plan (QCHP) and Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP) for FY22.Last Chance: Benefit Choice Ends Tuesday, June 1!May 26, 2021 8:00 am216 views Benefit Choice ends Tuesday, June 1! This is your final reminder to make your State benefit elections or changes for the upcoming plan year on https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov. Elections will be effective July 1, 2021Flexible Spending Re-Enrollment and RemindersMay 26, 2021 8:00 am148 views The end of Benefit Choice is June 1. If you haven’t re-enrolled in the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Program for the plan year beginning on July 1, 2021, you have until June 1 to do so at https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov. No action is required if you are not re-enrolling in an FSA or making any other Benefit Choice changes!Deadline Approaching: Benefit Choice Ends June 1!May 20, 2021 8:00 am112 views The last day to make Benefit Choice changes will be here soon! Remember, you only have until June 1 to make your State benefit elections or changes for the upcoming plan year on https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov, including health, dental, life insurance, flexible spending account (MCAP/DCAP) enrollment, and health savings account (HSA) enrollment. Elections will be effective July 1, 2021. For help registering and logging in to MyBenefits, see the MyBenefits FAQs.Benefit Choice: Flex Spending Re-enrollment is not automatic!May 20, 2021 8:00 am62 views Re-enrollment in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is not automatic! To continue participation, you must re-enroll! For more information, see the FSA Program.Avijit Ghosh named interim executive VP for U of I SystemMay 19, 2021 11:00 am0 views Avijit Ghosh, vice president/chief financial officer and comptroller for the University of Illinois System since 2018, has been named interim executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs, effective July 15, President Tim Killeen announced today.Salary Program 2021May 14, 2021 11:00 am0 views I am pleased to announce the authorization of a 2 percent, merit-based salary program for faculty, academic professional and civil service staff across the University of Illinois System, effective August 16, 2021.Benefit Choice: Make Your Choices by June 1May 14, 2021 8:00 am169 views We’re half way through Benefit Choice at https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov! Remember, you have until June 1 to make your State benefit elections or changes for the upcoming plan year. Elections will be effective July 1, 2021. For help registering and logging in to MyBenefits, see the MyBenefits FAQs.Benefit Choice: Submit Your DocumentationMay 14, 2021 8:00 am183 views If you made a Benefit Choice change that requires supporting documentation, please remember to provide your documents by the deadline!CDHP and Health Savings Account BenefitMay 12, 2021 12:15 pm60 views Are you considering the Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA) during Benefit Choice this year? The CDHP is a high-deductible health plan as defined by the IRS. CDHP participants may choose any physician or hospital for medical services; however, you receive enhanced benefits, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs, when receiving services from a CDHP in-network provider. CDHP has a nationwide network of providers through Aetna PPO.COVID-19 Funeral Assistance AvailableMay 7, 2021 3:15 pm39 views Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.Expanded Funeral/Bereavement Leave and Parental LeaveMay 3, 2021 8:00 am200 views The University of Illinois System is pleased to announce the expansion of funeral/bereavement leave and parental leave for leave benefit-eligible employees. These leave enhancements are effective 8/16/21.Barbara J. Wilson named president of the University of IowaApr 30, 2021 6:30 pm0 views Barbara J. Wilson, a longtime University of Illinois faculty member and administrator who has served as second-in-command of the U of I System since 2016, was unanimously approved as president of the University of Iowa today by the Board of Regents.Benefit Choice Virtual Benefit FairsApr 27, 2021 8:00 am166 views Do you have questions about changes and plan options available for the FY2022 Benefit Choice period? The State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) Benefit Choice Open Enrollment Fairs will be held online throughout the month of May.FY 2022 Benefit Choice AnnouncementApr 26, 2021 8:00 am419 views The State Department of Central Management Services (CMS) has announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Benefit Choice enrollment period will begin May 1 and end June 1, 2021.Benefit Choice: Save on Taxes with a Flexible Spending Account!Apr 22, 2021 12:00 pm122 views Have you considered participating in the State of Illinois Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Plan? If you spend $265 or more per year on recurring eligible medical or dependent care expenses, then you may save money by paying for them with an FSA. You can reduce your taxable income when you contribute to this plan.Springfield Clinic Provider Coverage for FY22Apr 22, 2021 8:00 am635 views Effective July 1, 2021, Springfield Clinic will no longer have providers available under the HMO Illinois (Physicians Health Association of Illinois (PHAI) Medical Group) or Blue Advantage HMO plans for State of Illinois.Urbana: Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund Drive Spring 2021Apr 19, 2021 8:00 am17 views The Emergency Fund needs your help!2021 Distinguished Employee Leadership and Team AwardsApr 16, 2021 10:00 am110 views We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Distinguished Employee Leadership and Team Awards!Reminder: Academic Vacation Leave RolloverApr 12, 2021 8:00 am121 views Last June, we communicated that all academic employees (faculty, academic professional, and post docs) who are eligible for vacation leave would be allowed to rollover a maximum of 53 (increased from 48) vacation leave days from AY 2019/2020 to be used in AY 2020/2021. Employees who rolled over up to five (5) days of accrued but unused vacation from AY 2019/2020, in addition to the 48 days maximum, must use those extra days by August 15, 2021. The rollover maximum of 48 days will be restored for AY 2021/2022.