Your Benefits Merit Staff Presented by: Cindy Webb, Benefits Administrator
Welcome to the University of Northern Iowa! UNI employees are among the University’s most valued resources; we recognize their worth by providing them with the best benefits and customer service possible.
UNI Benefits Department The Benefits Department is located in Human Resource Services – 027 Gilchrist Benefits Staff • Cindy Webb • Benefits Administrator • Bobbi Vandegrift • Employee Benefits & Wellness Coordinator • Therese Callaghan • Employee Disability & Leave Coordinator • Sandy Law • Secretary III Additional Information is available on the Human Resources website
Who May Be Covered? • Yourself • Your Spouse • Common law spouse or domestic partner • Children • Under age 26 • Over age 26 if unmarried and a full time student • Qualified children over age 26 who are totally and permanently disabled
Health InsuranceWellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield • Eligibility Requirements: • 20 or more hours a week with an appointment for 9 months or longer. • Date Coverage Begins: • First day of the month following 30 days of employment • Submit health/dental enrollment form within 30 days after your date of employment
Health Insurance • Three types of health insurance plans: • Indemnity Plan • Wellmark BCBS Program 3 Plus • Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) • Wellmark BCBS Iowa Select • Managed Care Plans • Wellmark BCBS Blue Access • Wellmark BCBS Blue Advantage There are advantages and trade-offs with each type of plan
Right Health Insurance Plan • The right health insurance plan is not necessarily • Cheapest premium • Most benefits • The right health insurance plan • Covers the health services you want and need • At lowest out-of-pocket expense
Detailed Plan Information • Please review the Coverage Manuals for more plan details: http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/benefits/merit/health.shtml
Health Insurance Premiums December 31, 2012 – November 30, 2013 * Both spouses work in positions that make them eligible for benefits at UNI. Rates are based on 1/12
Dental Benefits • Preventive Maintenance Care – Delta Dental pays 100%. • Routine Restorative Care and Surgical Care – Delta Dental pays 80%. • Major Restorative Care and Dental Prostheses – Delta Dental pays 50% after a $50 deductible. • Maximum Annual Benefit – $1,500 per person per calendar year for all services combined. • Orthodontic Care – Delta Dental pays 50% up to a maximum lifetime benefit of $1,500 per member.
Dental Insurance Premiums December 31, 2012 – November 30, 2013 Rates are based on 1/12
Avesis Vision Plan • Nationwide network of providers • Pre-tax payroll deduction • Two options available to choose from: • Eye Exam & Materials • Employee Only - $11.46/month • Employee + Family - $25.90/month • Materials Only • Employee Only - $8.15/month • Employee + Family - $18.76/month
EyeMed Vision Discount 10 Guide • If you are enrolled in Delta Dental of Iowa, you are eligible for a vision discount program through EyeMed Vision Care at no extra cost. • Visit Delta Dental for more details on the discounts offered and a list of participating providers. • You’re automatically enrolled! • This discount program does not work in conjunction with Avesis; you must use one or the other.
Life Insurance 10 Guide • Eligibility: • 20 or more hours a week with an appointment for 9 months or longer. • Date Coverage Begins: • Automatic enrollment on the date eligibility requirements are met. • Full premium cost is paid by UNI.
Life Insurance • Coverage is 2x times the employee’s annual budgeted salary up to a maximum benefit of $250,000. • Life insurance benefit reduces by 35% at age 65 • Beneficiary: • Complete a Beneficiary Designation Form and update your beneficiary as necessary.
LTD Insurance 11 Guide • Eligibility: • 20 or more hours a week with an appointment for 9 months or longer. • Date Coverage Begins: • Automatic coverage after one year of service. • Cost: • Full cost is paid by UNI.
LTD Insurance • Provides salary replacement if an employee is totally disabled. • Benefits begin the later of 90 working days or expiration of all accrued sick leave.
Supplemental LTD Coverage • Allows eligible employees to purchase 70% LTD coverage prior to their normal eligibility for University paid coverage • Employee pays the full premium through payroll deduction
LTD Insurance Retirement Protection Plan • Continues retirement contributions for employees who qualify for disability benefits and are enrolled in TIAA-CREF. • Coverage is automatic and the premium is paid in full by UNI.
Voluntary Life Insurance and AD&D • Voluntary term life insurance and accidental death & dismemberment coverage is available to employees, spouses, and children through Principal Life Insurance Company. • Monthly payroll deduction withheld after-tax.
AD&D • Term accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) coverage is automatically included for thoseelecting voluntary term life insurance. • Benefits will equal the voluntary life insurance coverage elected • Loss of life, hands, feet, or vision as a result of an accident.
Voluntary Life – Employee • Employee Coverage Amounts: • Minimum amount: $10,000 • Maximum amount: $300,000 • Purchase benefits in $10,000 increments. • Guaranteed coverage under age 70 is $300,000. • Guarantee coverage age 70 and over is $10,000.
Voluntary Life - Spouse • Employee coverage is required for spouse to elect coverage. • Spouse Coverage Amounts: • Minimum amount: $5,000 • Maximum amount: $50,000 • Purchase benefits in $5,000 increments. • Guaranteed coverage under age 70 is $50,000. • Guarantee coverage age 70 and over is $10,000.
Voluntary Life - Children • Child Coverage Amount • For eligible children age 14 days to age 26: • $10,000 of coverage – number of children covered is unlimited • $2.00 per family/month • For eligible children under 14 days of age: • Employees who elect the coverage receive $1,000 of coverage
Voluntary Life – Portability • If an employee leaves UNI, they can continue their voluntary term life coverage. • Rates will remain the same as the UNI group rates for at least 12 months.
Pre-Tax Spending Accounts • Allows employees to put pre-tax contributions into a spending account to be reimbursed for dependent care and/or non-covered medical, dental, and vision expenses. • Eligibility: • 20 or more hours a week with an appointment for 9 months or longer.
Dependent Care Spending Account • Used to reimburse dependent care expenses incurred • Maximum contribution is $5,000 per year per family • Minimum contribution is $20 a month • Expenses are reimbursed as funds accrue in the account • All expenses must be incurred by March 15 following the end of the calendar year
Health Care Spending Account • Used to reimburse medical, dental, and vision expenses not covered by insurance plans. • Maximum contribution is $2,500 per year. • Minimum contribution is $20 a month. • Expenses are reimbursed when they are incurred up to the annual contribution level. • All expenses must be incurred by March 15 following the end of the calendar year. • Debit Card is available ($12 annual card fee).
UNI Retirement Programs • The State of Iowa requires all state employees to participate in an approved retirement program: • Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS) or • Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association/College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) • If you do not choose a retirement program, you will default to IPERS.
IPERS Iowa Public Employees Retirement System • A defined benefit program administered by the State of Iowa. • UNI contributes: 8.67% of paid salary • Employee contributes: 5.78% of paid salary • Employee is vested after seven years of service
TIAA-CREF Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association/College Retirement Equities Fund • A defined contribution program administered by TIAA-CREF • UNI contributes: 6% of the first $4,800 of earnings in a fiscal year, 10% of all earnings over $4,800. • Employee contributes: 3 1/3% of the first $4,800 of earnings in a fiscal year, and 5% of all earnings over $4,800. • UNI contributions increase to 10% and employee contributions increase to 5% after five years of employment. • You are immediately vested in all contributions.
Supplemental Retirement Annuity (SRA) • Employees may elect to make additional pre-tax or after-tax monthly contributions to a Supplemental Retirement Annuity. • SRA’s are available through approved vendors. • After-Tax Roth Option through TIAA-CREF • Contribution limit for SRA is $17,500. • Over 50 “catch-up” contributions: $5,500
Employee Wellness • The employee wellness program includes: • Free flu vaccines • Free biometric health screenings • Free smoking cessation services • Employee wellness resource center • Health and wellness challenges • Educational learning opportunities
Blue Zones • National Geographic explorer and author Dan Buettner found 5 areas that have the highest number of centenarians in the world • On average, people living in Blue Zones areas live twelve more good years than U.S. citizens • In these longevity “hotspots,” people are three times more likely to live to be one hundred than the rest of us
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Blue Zones Project™ • Blue Zones Project™ selected 10 Iowa communities with 10,000 or more citizens to serve as demonstration sites • Demonstration sites will receive direct support from the Healthways and Blue Zones Project Team in their quest to become Blue Zones Communities™ • Demonstration Sites: • Cedar Falls 6. Cedar Rapids • Mason City 7. Marion • Spencer 8. Iowa City • Waterloo 9. Sioux City • Muscatine 10. Oskaloosa