blog postsFY 2021 Benefit Choice Enrollment PeriodApr 29, 2020 1:00 pm1495 views The State Department of Central Management Services (CMS) has announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Benefit Choice enrollment period will begin May 1 and end June 1, 2020.Fall 2020 PlanningApr 28, 2020 11:00 am0 views I write to inform you that I have created a system-wide coordinating committee to support our universities as they begin planning for the reopening of campuses in the fall and examining the changes that will be required to ensure both safety and excellence.Benefit Choice Begins May 1Apr 23, 2020 10:00 am620 views The annual Benefit Choice Period will begin on May 1, 2020 for the State Employees Group Insurance Program. The State of Illinois Department Central Management Services (CMS) has shared some important announcements and reminders to help you prepare for making your FY2021 benefit elections.Benefit Choice: Save on Taxes with a Flexible Spending Account!Apr 20, 2020 7:00 am615 views Have you considered participating in the State of Illinois Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Plan? If you spend $240 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.2-Factor Authentication for My UI InfoApr 7, 2020 7:00 am1569 views Beginning April 21, 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) will be required for all My UI Info applications, including the Earnings Statement, Direct Deposit, and My Profile, when logging in from both on- and off-campus. At the same time, the My UI Info PIN will no longer be used.Deadline Extended: State Health Insurance AuditApr 3, 2020 12:45 pm1075 views Due to challenges associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, CMS is extending the deadline for submitting documentation for the State of Illinois health insurance audit. If you were identified to participate in this audit, you must submit proof of eligibility of all dependents listed on your audit letter by June 18, 2020. Health Plan Reminder: Out-of-Network ProvidersMar 31, 2020 6:00 am217 views You are encouraged to use in-network providers to receive the best value from your health plan. No matter which plan you are enrolled in, receiving health care from an out-of-network provider will significantly increase your out-of-pocket medical costs.Decrease in Prudential LTD PremiumsMar 26, 2020 1:00 pm212 views We are very pleased to announce a premium rate decrease of 15%, effective April 1, 2020.COVID-19 ResourcesMar 17, 2020 11:00 am1143 views In light of all the information being shared regarding COVID-19, System HR would like to provide a quick index of important resources. Please refer to the following official, reliable sources to stay up-to-date throughout this rapidly changing situation.COVID-19 Related AbsencesMar 12, 2020 8:00 am2712 views You may have received and read a plethora of information from various sources regarding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, over the last several weeks. In light of the communication from system and university leaders, we would like to provide some guidance on how to proceed throughout this rapidly evolving situation.Are You Retiring or Separating from the University of Illinois System?Mar 6, 2020 9:00 am451 views You may be eligible to defer unused vacation and/or compensable sick leave into the University 403(b) or State 457 retirement plans.Important: State Health Insurance Dependent AuditFeb 25, 2020 1:00 pm562 views A dependent eligibility verification audit will begin soon for employees who have one or more dependents enrolled in a State of Illinois health insurance plan. Watch your home postal mail for a very important letter that will require your response!LTD Plan Open Enrollment Begins February 24Feb 24, 2020 7:00 am1110 views Open Enrollment for the University Supplemental Long Term Disability (LTD) Plan is available now through March 13, 2020!America Saves WeekFeb 20, 2020 1:00 pm78 views Next week marks America Saves Week, an opportunity to focus on your savings strategy. University of Illinois System approved 403(b) retirement plan investment companies, TIAA and Fidelity Investments, offer tips and resources to help you get into a saving mindset.Know Your Approved Retirement Plan RepresentativesFeb 10, 2020 10:00 am326 views Be wary of callers attempting to discuss financial investments. Only a few representatives from investment companies are approved to discuss retirement planning.Designate and Update Your State Life BeneficiariesFeb 4, 2020 9:00 am487 views If you are eligible for State benefits, you are strongly encouraged to provide beneficiary information for life insurance coverage.Assistance Programs Available to You!Jan 27, 2020 8:45 am776 views Did you know that University of Illinois System employees may have access to two Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)? 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Plan - 2020 Universal Availability NoticeJan 21, 2020 2:15 pm1099 views 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Plan - 2020 Universal Availability Notice2020 IRS Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate Available NowJan 8, 2020 8:30 am14258 views 2020 IRS Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate Available Now2-Factor Authentication for My UI InfoDec 11, 2019 1:00 pm2701 views Starting in April 2020, 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) will be required for all My UI Info applications.Annual Update to Long Term Disability (LTD) PremiumsDec 9, 2019 3:30 pm539 views Participants in the University LTD Plan may notice a change to payroll deduction amounts.Update Your Mailing Address and Consent for Online Tax FormsNov 21, 2019 9:15 am6299 views Review and, if necessary, update your Mailing Address on file with the U of I System for benefits and/or tax purposes.2020 System Office DELTA Program - Nominations are now being accepted!Nov 19, 2019 9:00 am169 views Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Distinguished Employee Leadership and Team Award (DELTA)403(b) and 457 Plan Contribution Limits IncreasingNov 7, 2019 4:30 pm1466 views Supplemental retirement plan limits are increasing in 2020.System Office Employees - Know Your U Tracking AvailableOct 10, 2019 10:00 am423 views The AbilityLMS system is now ready to be used to track time spent on Know Your U activities for eligible System Office employees.403(b) TIAA Participants: Designate/Review BeneficiariesOct 8, 2019 2:45 pm483 views Make sure your beneficiary information is up to date.Are You Retiring or Separating from the University of Illinois System?Oct 2, 2019 1:00 pm1054 views You may be eligible to defer unused vacation and/or compensable sick leave into the University 403(b) or State 457 retirement plans.State Health Plan Reminder: Out-of-Network ProvidersSep 23, 2019 1:30 pm350 views Employees in State health plans are encouraged to use in-network providers to receive the best value from their health plans.Register for Fall Retirement & Investment Seminars!Sep 19, 2019 9:00 am421 views Attend the upcoming FREE retirement and investment seminars for University of Illinois System employees!Review/Update Your Mailing AddressSep 18, 2019 2:30 pm468 views Have you reviewed your mailing address recently?Free Seasonal Flu Shots at University of IllinoisSep 17, 2019 11:30 am854 views Seasonal flu shots will be given at different locations at the three universities.Designate and Update Your State Life BeneficiariesSep 17, 2019 8:15 am356 views If you are eligible for State benefits, you are strongly encouraged to provide beneficiary information for life insurance coverage.Deadline September 30: Submit FSA Claims for FY2019Sep 11, 2019 12:00 pm146 views Only a few days remain to submit your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) claims for the FY2019 plan year!Keep Your Emergency Contacts UpdatedSep 9, 2019 1:00 pm413 views Have you reviewed your emergency contacts recently?State Healthcare Benefit Changes Deferred to July 1, 2020Sep 3, 2019 4:30 pm591 views CMS has deferred SEGIP health care cost changes to July 1, 2020.Additional Lower Expense Ratio Funds for the Supplemental 403(b) PlanAug 30, 2019 1:45 pm253 views New, lower expense ratio investment options will be available beginning October 4, 2019.Announcing the 2019-20 Academic Professional Leadership Program CohortAug 21, 2019 9:00 am739 views We are delighted to announce the 2019-20 Academic Professional Leadership Program (APLP) participants.Know Your UAug 15, 2019 4:00 pm0 views U of I System leadership has announced a unique new educational program for professional and civil service employees.Verify Your Benefit Choice ElectionsJul 8, 2019 1:00 pm1394 views If you made changes to your State benefits during Benefit Choice, now is a great time to verify your benefit elections and payroll deductions.Your Flexible Spending Account: Verify Deductions and ReminderJul 8, 2019 1:00 pm687 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.State and AFSCME Agreement Includes HealthcareJul 2, 2019 10:30 am1729 views The State Department of Central Management Services (CMS) has announced that a new agreement between the State of Illinois and AFSCME was ratified.Saving For Your Future? Supplemental Retirement Plans Can Help!Jun 19, 2019 1:00 pm670 views Are you contributing to a supplemental retirement and investment plan? Now may be a good time to start!State Benefit Choice Ends May 31!May 29, 2019 1:15 pm616 views Benefit Choice for State benefits-eligible employees ends this Friday, May 31!Flexible Spending Re-Enrollment and RemindersMay 29, 2019 12:00 pm349 views Be aware of upcoming FSA deadlines for the current plan year.Part-time State Insurance Rates for FY 2020May 16, 2019 11:45 am305 views Part-time employees can find insurance rates and cost of coverage for FY 2020 on MyBenefits.State Benefit Choice: Submit DocumentationMay 16, 2019 9:15 am694 views Certain changes to State benefits require documentation to be submitted.State Benefit Choice: Make Your Choices by May 31May 15, 2019 2:30 pm562 views State benefits-eligible employees have until May 31 to make benefit elections or changes on CMS MyBenefits.Reminder: SURS Money Purchase Factors Change July 2, 2019May 7, 2019 11:45 am367 views The factors table used to calculate SURS retirement benefits under the Money Purchase calculation will change effective July 2, 2019.Urbana: Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund Drive Spring 2019May 6, 2019 8:30 am71 views The Emergency Fund needs your help!Benefit Choice Employee Information TablesMay 1, 2019 8:00 am516 views University Payroll and Benefits (UPB) will have information tables in Chicago and Springfield during Benefit Choice.