blog posts Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Administrator Announced Jul 10, 2014 2:00 pm13998 views The State Department of Central Management Services (CMS) announced that effective July 1, 2014 the FSA program will be administered by ConnectYourCare (CYC). New Tax Info: IRS Form 1095-C for Health Insurance Feb 26, 2016 11:45 am13494 views Employees who received an offer of health insurance coverage will receive the new IRS Form 1095-C beginning this year. State Dental Insurance Claim Update Oct 4, 2016 2:00 pm11141 views State says nine weeks of claims will be released for both in-network and out-of-network dentists. Benefit Choice FAQs May 6, 2013 2:45 pm8491 views The Benefit Choice period is May 1 through May 31, with changes effective on July 1, 2013. See the list of frequently asked questions to help guide you as you make your FY2014 health plan selection. Holiday Schedules 2014-2015 Jun 12, 2014 4:45 pm7327 views The 2014-2015 holiday schedules for the University are now available. Attend a healthcare info session: Possible state benefit changes Jun 14, 2016 1:30 pm6514 views On-campus meetings will be held to discuss possible adjustments being proposed by the state to the employee health care benefits. Review Your Benefit Statement Today Apr 12, 2013 3:00 pm6304 views The Benefits Choice period will begin on May 1 and now would be a good time for you to review your insurance benefit information online. FY2014 Benefits Choice (NESSIE) Enrollment Period Apr 29, 2013 1:00 pm5869 views FY2014 Benefit Choice will be available May 1 through May 31. FY 2017 Benefit Choice (NESSIE) Enrollment Period Apr 25, 2016 3:15 pm4822 views Have you reviewed your options for the FY 2017 Benefit Choice enrollment period? Update: CMS Claim Payment Delay Oct 19, 2016 11:30 am3630 views Additional information available on claim release dates for the QCHP, OAPs, and Dental plan. Update: State Budget and Employee Group Insurance Apr 27, 2016 2:45 pm3433 views The University continues to monitor the impact of the State budget impasse on employee health insurance. CMS Benefit Choice Flyer: Notice about Plan Rates May 4, 2016 10:30 am3410 views Please review the CMS Benefit Choice flyer mailed to your home, including the Special Notice Regarding 2017 Plan Year Rates. FY2015 Benefit Choice (NESSIE) Enrollment Period May 12, 2014 3:30 pm3336 views View the FY2015 Benefit Choice communication. Enrollment period is from May 1 through June 2, 2014 for the FY2015 plan year July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Update Your Mailing Address in NESSIE Jul 10, 2015 10:30 am2952 views Important dependent eligibility audit information will be mailed this Fall – will it reach you? State Universities Retirement System (SURS) Launches New Website Apr 16, 2013 8:00 am2678 views The SURS website has undergone a major renovation. 403(b) Retirement Plan – 2014 Universal Availability Notice Jan 31, 2014 4:15 pm2549 views View the Plan terms and conditions, including contribution limits. Flexible Spending Account FAQs Jun 19, 2013 1:45 pm2436 views See the Fringe Benefits Management Company letter and FAQs regarding flexible spending accounts (FSA). Reminder: New State Benefits System "MyBenefits Marketplace" Sep 28, 2016 11:30 am2426 views "MyBenefits Marketplace" will go live September 30. Watch for the CMS letter to arrive soon via postal mail with your new CMS-issued Employee ID Number. FY 2016 Benefit Choice (NESSIE) Enrollment Period Apr 30, 2015 4:00 pm2394 views Have you reviewed your options for the FY 2016 Benefit Choice enrollment period? Understanding QCHP payment delay and your options Mar 26, 2013 11:45 am2371 views Understand the ongoing QCHP payment delay and options that may be available. Last Notice: Benefit Choice Ends Tuesday May 31 May 25, 2016 3:45 pm2270 views Last chance to make changes to your benefits or enroll in an FSA for the upcoming fiscal year! Benefit Choice open enrollment ends Tuesday, May 31, 2016! University Payroll and Benefits Chicago Phone Number Update Jan 12, 2017 8:30 am2107 views Having trouble calling the UPB Chicago office? Benefit Choice Employee Information Sessions and CMS Benefit Fairs May 3, 2013 9:00 am2100 views UPB Benefits office offers on-campus Employee Information Sessions and CMS offers Benefit Fairs throughout the state. Significant Pension Reform Bill Passes Illinois General Assembly Dec 4, 2013 3:45 pm1943 views View the SURS Pension Reform Summary and emails from President Easter. Coming Soon! New State Benefits System "MyBenefits Marketplace" Sep 16, 2016 4:30 pm1918 views "MyBenefits Marketplace" launches September 30 - watch your home mail for more information. 403(b) Plan and Deferred Comp Contribution Limits Dec 20, 2017 1:30 pm1690 views The IRS increased retirement plan contribution limits effective January 1, 2018. 2016 Retirement Savings Plan Updates Dec 17, 2015 9:30 am1686 views In 2016, contribution limits remain the same, and the State Deferred Compensation 457 Plan will begin offering a Roth option. Free Seasonal Flu Shots at McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Sep 27, 2013 12:15 pm1658 views Flu shots on the Urbana campus are now available. To find out more click on the link above. Deadline Approaching: Benefit Choice Ends May 31 May 12, 2016 1:30 pm1585 views Benefit Choice open enrollment ends May 31. If you have not already done so, make your changes in NESSIE. Are You Retiring or Separating from the University? Feb 29, 2016 2:00 pm1464 views You may be eligible to defer unused vacation and compensable sick leave into the University 403(b) or State 457 retirement plans. Q & A for Reconsidering Retirement May 19, 2014 2:00 pm1460 views Important information if you are reconsidering your retirement. Ending May 31: Benefit Choice Enrollment Period May 19, 2016 10:30 am1455 views Don’t forget! Benefit Choice open enrollment ends Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Save on Taxes with Your University Benefits! Apr 21, 2016 2:30 pm1403 views The average FSA participant saves hundreds of dollars annually. Learn how you can too! Change in Cigna Provider Network Jan 9, 2014 9:45 am1397 views Important notice for employees enrolled in the Quality Care Health Plan. Important Plan Info: Out-of-Network Providers Mar 15, 2016 1:00 pm1382 views Receiving care from out-of-network providers will significantly increase what you pay out-of-pocket. Retirement Planning Seminars April 4th - 8th Mar 11, 2016 1:00 pm1341 views Free retirement and investment planning seminars will be held in April by Fidelity Investments, TIAA, and SURS. All University of Illinois employees are invited to attend – registration is required. SURS Retirement Seminars October 24 - 27 Oct 3, 2016 11:30 am1322 views Learn about your benefits and preparing for retirement in the SURS plans. UPB Benefit Choice Employee Information Sessions Apr 29, 2014 4:45 pm1315 views UPB Benefits office offers Benefit Choice Employee Information Sessions on the Urbana and Springfield campuses. (Updated 5/1/14) DELAYED: 2014 CMS Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit Nov 19, 2013 3:00 pm1115 views How you can prepare for the upcoming CMS Dependent Audit. University Payroll and Benefits (UPB) Customer Service Hours Change Nov 14, 2012 10:45 am1036 views Effective November 19, 2012, the UPB offices on all campuses will change their customer service hours. Urbana: Update on OSF HealthCare and Insurance - UPDATED Feb 19, 2018 11:00 am971 views Take note of local hospital change in ownership and potential impact on your State of Illinois Group Health Insurance. Opt-Out Period for Default Enrollment in RSL BasicCare Health Insurance Dec 21, 2015 4:15 pm902 views If you were offered limited health insurance coverage under the new RSL BasicCare Plan, and did not return an enrollment/waiver form, there will be an opt-out period from January 1 through January 15, 2016. Prescription Drug Vendor Will Change for Certain Health Plans, Effective July 1 Jun 24, 2015 8:30 am832 views Important information for participants in the Quality Care Health Plan (QCHP), HealthLink OAP, or Coventry OAP. Insurance Marketplace Notice Mailed to Your Home Sep 11, 2013 5:00 pm812 views CMS health insurance and student insurance plans satisfy your individual responsibility under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”). Read more… Updated State Benefits Handbook Now Available Jul 24, 2015 9:30 am789 views Review this detailed guide to State of Illinois health, dental, vision, life insurance, and more employee programs! Last Notice: Benefit Choice Ends Monday June 1 May 27, 2015 6:00 am695 views Enrollment deadline is approaching! Enroll in an FSA and/or make other changes to your health, dental, life or dependent coverage. State Health Insurance Eligibility Audit – Letters Arriving Soon Sep 15, 2015 3:00 pm688 views CMS is conducting an audit to ensure that only eligible dependents are covered on state health insurance plans. Learn what to expect if you have dependents covered under your insurance. Benefit Choice: Submit Your Documentation Jun 6, 2017 1:30 pm673 views If you added a dependent(s), or opted out of State health/dental/vision insurance coverage or made a State life insurance change during Benefit Choice, documentation is required. Action Required: State Health Insurance Eligibility Audit Sep 30, 2015 11:30 am663 views Action is required by all employees who cover dependents on the State health insurance plans. Deferred Comp: Roth Option Coming Soon! Nov 16, 2015 4:00 pm639 views Beginning January 1, 2016, after-tax (Roth) contributions will be available in the State Deferred Compensation plan.