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Benefits Announcements Archive

Posted May 2 2016

Health and Flex Open Enrollment Drop In Sessions Scheduled

The Benefits Team will be holding Health and Flex Open Enrollment drop-in sessions on all three campuses: Arlington Campus Wednesday, May 11, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Founders 210 Fairfax Campus Thursday, May 12, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Merten 4102 Monday, May 16, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Merten 4102 SciTech Campus Thursday, May 19, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Bull Run Hall 247 You may also email the Benefits team with your questions at benefits@gmu.edu.

Posted April 28 2016

Health and Flex Open Enrollment Information

Open Enrollment for health benefits and flexible spending accounts (FSAs) runs from May 1 - May 23, 2016. During this time, you may enroll in a health plan and/or FSA, change your health plan, add or remove family members or waive state health coverage. Any changes made to either health benefits or FSAs are effective July 1, 2016. First payroll deductions are made on July 15, 2016 (semi-monthly) and July 15, 2016 (bi-weekly). Please review all of the open enrollment information carefully. If you are not changing health insurance, no need to make any changes but remember you must re-enroll each year in your flexible spending account(s); they do not automatically renew. For more information, please see the DHRM open enrollment website. We encourage the use of EmployeeDirect (eDirect) to make open enrollment choices. A helpful information flyer on eDirect is available. For additional information on the log-in process, please go to EmployeeDirect and click on the FAQs or “Getting Started.” If you are using eDirect for the first time, you will be asked for your State ID number. If you have COVA Care or COVA HDHP, your state ID number is the number on your health insurance card (minus the letters). If you have COVA HealthAware, take off the first two zeroes. If you have Kaiser Permanente, please contact the Benefits team at benefits@gmu.edu for assistance. Please plan accordingly, EmployeDirect can become very slow near the end of open enrollment. Make your changes early!

Posted April 4 2016

Update: Benefits/Discount Fair - Talk to TIAA-CREF, Fidelity, ICMA-RC, VRS, Anthem, Aetna & More!

Stop by George’s in the Johnson Center on Wednesday, April 13, anytime between 9:00am and 3:00pm to chat with some of Mason’s financial vendors including TIAA, Fidelity Investments, ICMA-RC, Virginia Retirement System, Virginia 529 and Apple Federal Credit Union. Mason’s health vendors will also be in attendance including Anthem (COVA Care), Kaiser Permanente, Aetna (COVA HealthAware), MyActiveHealth, and CommonHealth. Mason's financial partners will be conducting "mini' presentations (10-15 minutes) at the top of each hour from 9:00am - 2:00pm.  For details, please see the Fair flyer.We’ll also have information on discount opportunities. It’s a great chance to enhance your financial and health-related knowledge with all of these key resources under one roof! Don’t miss it!

Posted March 14 2016

Health and Flex Open Enrollment Dates Announced

Health and Flexible Spending Account (FSAs) Open Enrollment is scheduled for May 1-23, 2016. Please check back for additional details as they're available.

Posted March 9 2016

April 13: Benefits/Discount Fair - Talk to TIAA-CREF, Fidelity, ICMA-RC, VRS, Anthem, Aetna & More!

Stop by George’s in the Johnson Center on Wednesday, April 13, anytime between 9:00am and 3:00pm to chat with some of Mason’s financial vendors including TIAA-CREF, Fidelity Investments, ICMA-RC, Virginia Retirement System, Virginia 529 and Apple Federal Credit Union. Mason’s health vendors will also be in attendance including Anthem (COVA Care), Kaiser Permanente, Aetna (COVA HealthAware), MyActiveHealth and CommonHealth. We’ll also have information on the Life/Work Connection discount page and will feature a few of our discount providers (e.g. Potomac Arts Academy and more). It’s a great opportunity to enhance your financial and health-related knowledge with all of these key resources under one roof! Don’t miss it!

Posted October 29 2015

IRS Limits for 2016

The IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) affecting the dollar limits for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the 2016 tax year. There is no change from 2015. Participants under age 50 can contribute up to $18,000 in the Supplemental Retirement Plan (403(b)) program and the Virginia Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP) (457). Participants age 50 and over can contribute $24,000 in each plan. If you wish to change your 403(b) contribution, please complete a 403(b) salary reduction agreement and return to Benefits at MS 3C3. If you wish to change your 457 contribution, please call ICMA-RC at 1-VRS-DC-PLAN1 (1-877-327-5261), or log into your account at http://www.varetirement.org/dcp.html.

Posted October 29 2015

UNUM Long Term Disability Open Enrollment Starts November 1

If you're a non-VSDP employee who is not yet participating in UNUM or a current participant who wants to change the amount of your coverage, open enrollment runs November 1-30th. Long-term disability insurance is designed to protect your income should you become medically unable to work. Additional information is available on the Long Term Disability (non-VSDP) web page. To obtain a customized enrollment form based on your age and salary, please call HR & Payroll at 3.2600 and ask for a Benefits Administrator or email us at benefits@gmu.edu. To cancel your coverage, please complete a UNUM change form.

Posted May 28 2015

The New Fiscal Year is Coming: Your First Check May Have Some Changes

1. Open Enrollment Changes: Health Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts. Please note that your July 16 net paycheck (July 17 If you are bi-weekly) may change. This is due to FY2015 increases in health insurance premiums including any open enrollment changes you made regarding health plan and flexible spending accounts. 2. Flexible Spending Account Reminder: A reminder for those who have a dependent care or a medical Flexible Spending Account (FSA). The plan year ends on June 30, 2015. You must incur your eligible expenses by June 30th in order to be reimbursed by Anthem. While your eligible expenses must be incurred by the end of the current plan year, you have until September 30, 2015 to submit the expenses for reimbursement. Please note that if you do not use all of the funds in your FSA by the end of the plan year and submit the expenses by September 30, 2015, you will forfeit the remaining funds. Expenses charged on your card July 1 or later go toward the new benefit year. If you have any questions regarding deduction changes effective on 7/1/15 or FSAs, please contact the HR & Payroll Customer Service Center at 3.2600 and ask to speak to a member of the Benefits Team.

Posted April 23 2015

Health and Flexible Spending Account Open Enrollment May 1- May 22, 2015

Open enrollment for health benefits and flexible spending accounts (FSA) runs from May 1- May 22, 2015. During this time you can enroll in a health plan and/or FSA, change your health plan, add or remove family members or waive state health coverage. Any changes made during the open enrollment period are effective on July 1, 2015. First payroll deductions are made on July 16, 2015 (semi-monthly) and July 17, 2015 (bi-weekly).  To assist you in this process, there are a number of resources available including: 1. eDirect - You can make your open enrollment choices online using eDirect. If you haven’t used eDirect before, or if you need a refresher, please visit eDirect information to review the process.  (Please note: Within the eDirect information, there is a link to the DHRM website.  If you use this link, eDirect is located on the left-hand side of the DHRM homepage under "What's Online".)   When creating an eDirect log-in, you will be asked for your state ID number. If you have COVA Care or COVA HDHP, your state ID number is on your health insurance card minus the letters. If you have COVA HealthAware, take off the first two zeroes. If you have Kaiser Permanente, please contact the Benefits team at benefits@gmu.edu for assistance. 2. Spotlight on Your Benefits - The Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) will mail a paper version of this helpful publication to your home as well as email you a copy, however you can also access it online at Spotlight on Your Benefits.  3. Premium Rewards Information –  Premium rewards continue to be available for participants in COVA Care and COVA HealthAware.  Already earning a reward? You will need to update your online health assessment with MyActiveHealth no later than June 30, 2015 to continue your reward without a break.  If you are enrolled or are enrolling in COVA Care or COVA Healthaware, You will need to complete and submit a Health Assessment and a biometric screening to qualify for Premium Rewards by June 30, 2015 to qualify for rewards on July 1, 2015.  Please see the Premium Rewards Flyer for more information.4. ALEX - This interactive tool from DHRM is back again this year to help you understand your choices as you’re deciding which health plan is right for you. Available at ALEX. 5. Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) – Your FSA does not automatically continue; you must re-enroll each year. For COVA Health Aware participants, please remember that your Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) pays first and then your FSA. The health limit for 7/1/2015-6/30/2016 has been increased to $2,550.6. DHRM Open Enrollment website - http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/healthcoverage/open-enrollmentThe Benefits Team will be holding drop-in sessions on all three campuses: May 7, Fairfax Campus in Merten Hall, Room 4102 from 1:30 to 3:30 May 12, Science and Technology Campus in Occoquan, Room 110L from 2:00 to 4:00 May 13, Arlington Campus in Founders Hall, Room 313 from  2:00 to 4:00 May 19, Fairfax Campus in Merten Hall, Room 4102 from 10:30 to 12:30 You may also email the Benefits team with your questions at benefits@gmu.edu.

Posted February 6 2015

Beware of E-Mail Scams Regarding the Nationwide Anthem Breach

Scam email campaigns are occurring today regarding credit monitoring related to the Anthem cyberattack. Please see the announcement from Anthem for more details. Members should call the Anthem hotline at 1-877-263-7995 with questions about this incident. A special website at www.anthemfacts.com will be updated with new information as it is received.      

Posted November 19 2014

Retirement Tax Saving Limits for 2015

The IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) affecting the dollar limits for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the 2015 tax year. Participants under age 50 can contribute up to $18,000 in the Supplemental Retirement Plan (403(b)) program and the Virginia Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP) (457) (an increase of $500 from 2014). Participants age 50 and over can contribute $24,000 in each plan (an increase of $1,000 from 2014). If you wish to change your 403(b) contribution, please complete a 403(b) salary reduction agreement and return to Benefits at MS 3C3.  If you wish to change your 457 contribution, please call ICMA-RC at 1-VRS-DC-PLAN1 (1-877-327-5261), or log into your account at http://www.varetirement.org/dcp.html .  

Posted October 29 2014

UNUM Long Term Disability Open Enrollment Starts November 1

If you are a non-VSDP employee who is not yet participating in UNUM or a current participant who wants to change the amount of your coverage, open enrollment runs November 1 - 30. Long-term disability insurance is designed to protect your income should you become medically unable to work. To obtain a customized enrollment form based on your age and salary, call HR & Payroll at 993-2600 and ask for a Benefits Administrator or email benefits@gmu.edu. Since November 30 is the Sunday of the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, enrollment forms must be received by HR & Payroll by noon on Wednesday, November 26.

Posted October 7 2014

Supreme Court Decision: Same Sex Marriage in Virginia

The Supreme Court has effectively overturned Virginia’s ban on gay marriage (Governor McAuliffe’s Statement on the decision). The Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) and the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) are hard at work making the relevant policy changes to such things as health care, flexible reimbursement benefits, family and medical leave, retirement, etc. If you participate in the Mason medical insurance options you should have received an e-mail with instructions on how to add a newly eligible spouse to your plans during this open enrollment period. Further guidance is expected soon from DHRM and VRS. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding benefits for newly eligible spouses, please contact the Benefits Team by calling the HR & Payroll Customer Service Center at 3.2600 and asking for the Benefits Team or emailing us directly at benefits@gmu.edu.

Posted September 29 2014

Financial Well-Being Resources

We are delighted to announce expanded offerings in the area of financial and retirement preparedness. Partnering with our retirement providers, TIAA-CREF, Fidelity, ICMA-RC and VRS as well as financial providers such as Apple Federal Credit Union and others with expertise to share, we have lined up a comprehensive opportunity for faculty and staff to delve into those personal financial areas where they could use a hand. Everything from budgeting and saving to investing, annuities, retirement, home buying, college savings and more. There are in-person sessions, as well as online sessions. Join us live or watch a session at your convenience, when and where it works for you. In person sessions will be videoconferenced to Arlington and Prince William. To keep things fun, TIAA-CREF is holding a 30-day challenge at Mason to see what we all know about financial planning. What’s Your Financial IQ? starts on October 1 and runs throughout the month of October. Every day, 5 new questions are added and every time you play, you are entered for a chance to win a $25 Amex gift card. In addition to sessions, webinars, and a challenge, there are also a host of tools on the site. We’re hoping you will think of the site as a gateway to rounding out your personal financial knowledge. There are more classes in the works, so please check back. To register for these classes, please visit http://hr.gmu.edu/learning/hr.php. Don’t forget to line up your individual session with representatives from TIAA-CREF, Fidelity or ICMA-RC. They are all on campus throughout the year. For dates and times, and to schedule an appointment visit Individual Counseling Sessions. SAVE THE DATE - The all-day retirement planning seminar, Next Steps: Plan for Your Retirement, will be held on Friday, November 7. Registration details coming soon.

Posted May 23 2014

The New Fiscal Year is Coming: Your First Check May Have Some Changes

1. Open Enrollment Changes: Health Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts Please note that your July 16 net paycheck (July 3 If you are bi-weekly) may change. This is due to FY2014 changes in optional life insurance premiums (age band only) and increases in health insurance premiums including any open enrollment changes you made regarding health plan and flexible spending accounts. 2. Flexible Spending Account Reminder: A reminder for those who have a dependent care or a medical Flexible Spending Account (FSA). The plan year ends on June 30, 2014. You must incur your eligible expenses by June 30th in order to be reimbursed by Anthem. While your eligible expenses must be incurred by the end of the plan year, you have until September 30, 2014 to submit the expenses for reimbursement. Please note that if you do not use all of the funds in your FSA by the end of the plan year, you will forfeit the remaining funds. If you have any questions regarding deduction changes effective on 7/1/14 or FSAs, please contact the HR & Payroll Customer Service Center at 3.2600 and ask to speak to a member of the Benefits Team.

Posted April 21 2014

Open Enrollment for Health Benefits and Flexible Spending Accounts

Open enrollment for health benefits and flexible spending accounts (FSA) runs from May 1- May 23, 2014. During this time you can enroll in a health plan and/or FSA, change your health plan, add or remove family members or waive state health coverage. Any changes made during the open enrollment period are effective on July 1, 2014. To assist you in this process, there are a number of resources available including: 1. eDirect - You can make your open enrollment choices online using eDirect. If you haven’t used eDirect before, or if you need a refresher, please visit eDirect information to review the process.  (Please note: Within the eDirect information, there is a link to the DHRM website.  If you use this link, eDirect is located on the right-hand side of the DHRM homepage under "Online Services".)   When creating an eDirect log-in, you will be asked for your state ID number. If you have COVA Care or COVA HDHP, your state ID number is on your health insurance card minus the letters. If you have COVA HealthAware, take off the first two zeroes. If you have Kaiser Permanente, please contact the Benefits team at benefits@gmu.edu for assistance. 2. Spotlight on Your Benefits - The Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) will mail a paper version of this helpful publication to your home as well as email you a copy, however you can also access it online at Spotlight on Your Benefits. Important Note: Premiums and plan benefits may change subject to final state budget approval. 3. Premium Rewards Information – DHRM sent information to your home regarding premium rewards for the new plan year. It’s also available online at Letter 1 and Letter 2. If you enroll in COVA Care or COVA HealthAware between April 1, 2014 and July 1, 2014, please see Letter 3 for details on how to participate in Premium Rewards. 4. ALEX - This interactive tool from DHRM is back again this year to help you understand your choices as you’re deciding which health plan is right for you. Look for ALEX soon at ALEX. 5. Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) – Your FSA does not automatically continue; you must re-enroll each year. For COVA Health Aware participants, please remember that your Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) pays first and then your FSA. 6. DHRM Open Enrollment website -  http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/hbenefits/OpenEnrollment2014/information.htmlThe Benefits Team will be holding drop-in sessions on all three campuses. No need to register, please stop by anytime during the sessions to get your questions answered. You can also email the Benefits team with your questions at benefits@gmu.edu. Drop In Sessions ArlingtonMonday, May 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Founders Hall, Room 210FairfaxWednesday, May 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in University Hall, Room 4102Friday, May 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in University Hall, Room 4102Thursday, May 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in University Hall, Room 4102Prince WilliamThursday, May 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Occoquan, Room 110APlease check back; we will continue to update our online Open Enrollment information as new details are available.

Posted April 8 2014

Health and Flex Open Enrollment Information

Health and Flexible Spending Account (FSAs) Open Enrollment is scheduled for May 1 through May 23, 2014.  The Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) has released information regarding premium rewards for the new plan year beginning July 1, 2014.  You can access the information online at Premium Rewards Attachment 1 and Attachment 2.As additional details about Open Enrollment and the new plan year are available, we will post them here.

Posted January 16 2014

New Recordkeeper for the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan

On January 1, 2014, VRS changed recordkeepers for the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan from ING to ICMA-RC. While the fund options did not change, the process for enrolling and making changes has changed. VRS is now requiring employees to call ICMA-RC directly at 877.327.5261 or go online to make changes to their 457 plans. Any change made in one month will be effective on the 1st day of the following month (e.g. a change made in January will go into effect on February 1 and will show on the February 16th pay check). Please note that any time employees wish to change, stop or start deductions, they will need to call ICMA-RC prior to the month in which the change goes into effect. Please contact Benefits at benefits@gmu.edu or 703.993.2600 with any questions.

Posted December 11 2013

VRS Hybrid Plan Information Session Available Online

The VRS Hybrid Plan information session is now available online (once on the site, please click on the "Silverlight" tab in the upper right corner of the site).  In-person sessions have also been scheduled. For dates, times, and locations, please visit http://hr.gmu.edu/learning and click on the "Course Calendar" tab.  The next in-person session is scheduled for Thursday, January 9 to be held in Fairfax and videoconferenced to Arlington and Prince William.

Posted December 5 2013

VRS Hybrid Plan and Changes to the 457 Record Keeper

The Virginia Retirement System (VRS) is adding a new retirement plan as of January 1, 2014. We want to bring it to your attention because it will impact: • all new classified staff who are hired January 1, 2014 and after as they will be automatically enrolled in the Hybrid Plan;• all new faculty hired January 1, 2014 and after as they will choose between the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) and the Hybrid Plan;• all current VRS members, as they will have the option to change to the Hybrid Plan during an opt-in period from January 1 – April 30, 2014. At the same time, the record keeper for 457 accounts (both supplemental accounts and the defined contribution portion of the Hybrid Plan) will be changing as of January 1, 2014 from ING to ICMA-RC. For current faculty and staff who have supplemental 457 accounts, your investment options will not change, only the vendor who manages the account. HR & Payroll is holding information sessions on the new Hybrid plan and the move to ICMA-RC. For details, please visit http://hr.gmu.edu/learning. We plan to have a video version of the session online shortly. You can also learn more about the plan directly from VRS. If you have any questions, please call 3.2600 and ask for the Benefits Team or email them directly at benefits@gmu.edu  

Posted December 5 2013

VRS Changes Record Keepers for the Commonwealth of Virginia 457 Defined Compensation Plan

In January 2014, VRS will change record keepers from ING to ICMA-RC for the Commonwealth of Virginia 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. For current faculty and staff who have supplemental 457 accounts, your investment options will not change, only the vendor who manages the account. During the blackout period from December 31, 2013 to on or around January 10, 2014, participants may review their accounts by going online or by calling ING at 1-VRS-DC-PLAN1 (1-877-327-5261). However, they will not be able to conduct transactions such as fund transfers or withdrawals. Funds will remain invested throughout the period and the review-only function on the website will reflect daily changes in the market value of each account. No action is needed during this record-keeping transition. The changeover will be handled electronically. Participating employees will not need to re-enroll or make any changes to their accounts, and their investment options will remain the same. They will receive a closing statement from ING at the end of January showing the amount transitioned to ICMA-RC and a zero ending balance for their ING account. After the transition is complete, participants will need to create a user ID and password to access their account with ICMA-RC through the VRS website (select the Defined Contributions tab and Account Log-in). Find out more about the transition to ICMA-RC, including key dates, on the transition website for VRS members. If you have any questions please contact benefits at benefits@gmu.edu or 703-993-7756.

Posted November 13 2013

Do-Right Credit For Flu Shots Received Outside of the State Health Benefits Program

During the current plan year, COVA HealthAware (Aetna) participants can receive additional contributions to their health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) by completing certain “do-rights,” one of which is having a flu vaccine. If you received the flu vaccine using your COVA HealthAware (Aetna) benefit, it will automatically credit the additional HRA contribution.  If, however, you received it through another resource where you did not use your insurance, you can still qualify for the credit, but need to complete the COVA HealthAware "Do Right" Flu Shot Form.  Please send the completed form to the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) at the address on the form.    

Posted October 31 2013

UNUM Long Term Disability Open Enrollment Starts November 1

If you're a non-VSDP employee who is not yet participating in UNUM or a current participant who wants to change the amount of your coverage, open enrollment runs November 1-30th. Long-term disability insurance is designed to protect your income should you become medically unable to work. Additional information is available on the Long Term Disability (non-VSDP) web page. To obtain a customized enrollment form based on your age and salary, please call HR & Payroll at 3.2600 and ask for a Benefits Administrator or email us at benefits@gmu.edu. To cancel your coverage, please complete a UNUM change form. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday break, enrollment forms and change forms must be received by HR & Payroll by Wednesday, November 27, 2013.

Posted October 31 2013

New VRS Hybrid Plan Coming January 2014

A new Hybrid Retirement Plan is being offered by the Virginia Retirement System in January 2014.  All staff (and faculty who choose VRS) hired January 1, 2014 and after will be defaulted into the Hybrid plan and there will be an opt-in period for those currently in VRS.  The opt-in period begins Janaury 1, 2014 and goes through April 30, 2014 with the change effective July 1, 2014.   If you are a hiring manager, supervisor, or would just like to better understand your benefits, come and learn how the state retirement plan works and how the Hybrid plan will impact new faculty and staff. For a complete schedule of sessions, including times and locations, and to register, visit the HR Learning Page. All sessions will be teleconferenced on the Arlington and Prince William campuses.  Please email benefits@gmu.edu with any questions

Posted October 31 2013

Member Benefit Profiles Available at VRS

Annual Member Benefit Profiles (MBP) for faculty and staff who are enrolled in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) are now available by logging into your account at www.varetire.org.  MBPs provide information about your retirement and other benefits you have as a member of VRS.  Questions? Please email benefits@gmu.edu or call 703-993-2600 and ask for a member of the Benefits team.

Posted October 4 2013

Inova Fairfax No Longer a Core Participating Hospital for Kaiser Permanente

The following individuals will be honored at the university-wide recognition ceremony on Wednesday, October 16 at 10:00am in Dewberry Hall.  All are invited to attend and show their support of their outstanding colleagues. Margaret C. Howell Award                          Candace Parham, Instructor, RHT, College of Education & Human Development Outstanding Supervisor Awards              Jean-Pierre (JP) Auffret, Director of Executive Degree Programs, School of Management                                                              Margaret (Peggy) Aldrich, Associate Registrar, Prince William   Distance Education Awards                         Luanne Norden, Coordinator, Student Teaching, RHT, CEHD                                     Stephen Nodine, Manager, Instructional Design/Sr. Instructional Designer, DoIT - Learning Support Services   Sustainability Hero Awards                                Leo Barrios, Assistant Director, Housing Facilities, Housing & Residence Life                                                             Elizabeth Torrens, Administrative Assistant, Mason Enterprise Center   Martha J. Reiner Quality Customer Service Award                                                     Rebecca Diemer, Associate Director, MBA Programs, School of Management   David W. Rossell Quill Award                      Sarah Nutter, Acting Dean, School of Management   Team Excellence Award                                                  S.M.A.R.T. (Sports Medicine Assessment Research & Testing) Lab, Division of Health & Human Performance, College of Education & Human Development   Adjunct Faculty Service Award                                                 Darden Purcell, Instructor, Director of Jazz Studies, Jazz Voice & Jazz Vocal              Ensemble, School of Music     SWELL (Supporting Well-Being & Embracing Living Life) Award        Barbara J. Gomperts, Office Administrator, English    Outstanding Achievement Awards                                                  Heather Aleknavage, Office Manager, Office of Sponsored Programs Elena Cirmizi, International Tax Manager, Fiscal Services     Christine Cruzvergara, Director, University Career Services Svetlana Filiatreau, Eurasia Programs Coordinator, Global & International     Strategies, Provost's Office   Anita Kalyana, Database Analyst, TSD—Database Application Services              Adam Kuch, Plans & Records Technician, Facilities Management     Joan Mizrahi, Associate Director, Training, Counseling & Psychological Services       Ian Reynolds, Talent Acquisition Manager, Human Resources & Payroll              Caitlin Shear, Director, Special Projects & Initiatives, Regional Campuses       Karen Wolf, Technology Coordinator, Office of Technology Integration,       University Life    Exceptional Support Awards                       Kim Howe, Office Manager, Division of Educational Psychology, College of         Education & Human Development  Ronald L. Lim, Manager, Recycling/Waste  Rebekah Truog, Office Manager, University Career Services             Cindy Woodfork, Office Manager, Applied Information Technology Prince William TIAA-CREF Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship                                              Ryan Piluzza, International Credential Evaluator, Admissions Rebecca Stone, Operations Administrator, DoIT - Operations

Posted July 25 2013

Biometric Screenings Available at Mason

If you have COVA Care, COVA HDHP or COVA HealthAware and want to reduce your premium payment from January 1 through June 30, 2014, you need to have a biometric screening on file with myActiveHealth. There are three opportunities to get your screening done and one of them is right on campus! For details, please visit the Benefits Team's myActiveHealth webpage. Please remember, the deadline is Thursday, October 31, 2013. On campus opportunities start as soon as Friday, August 2 in Prince William. Don't wait to the last minute; set up your appointment today! Missed the Health Assessment? Eligible members who did not complete their Health Assessment during May 2013 will be given another opportunity by DHRM to earn premium rewards for the second half of the plan year. Members who are enrolled in COVA Care, COVA HDHP and COVA HealthAware on or before July 1 may still complete a health assessment at www.myactivehealth.com/COVA. They then must complete their biometric screening between August 1 and October 31 to receive premium rewards for January 1 through June 20, 2014.

Posted June 24 2013

Biometric Screening Dates to be Scheduled on Mason Campuses

We are working on scheduling biometric screenings on all three campuses for those people who elected COVA Care and COVA Health Aware and completed the initial health assessment during open enrollment. Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email the benefits team at benefits@gmu.edu


Open Enrollment for Health Benefits and Flexible Spending Accounts

Open Enrollment for health benefits and flexible spending accounts will be May 1 - 24, 2013. There are important changes to your benefits beginning July 1.

There are some resources that can be of assistance as you review your selections for 2013-14.  They include:

  • New Benefits Team Online Open Enrollment Briefing - can't attend one of the in-person open enrollment sessions?  Join Courtney Ashmore for her pre-recorded online session.
  • Spotlight on Your Benefits -- Please note: A copy of the Spotlight will be mailed to your home from the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM)
  • ALEX (a new interactive online tool for open enrollment)
  • You can make your open enrollment selections online at eDirect.

Additionally, the Benefits Team will be visiting each campus during open enrollment to answer your questions about making changes to your health insurance and flexible reimbursement accounts.  Join us for this session to view a short presentation on the new benefits offerings followed by a Q&A session with the Benefits team. 

Arlington

Tuesday, May 7 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Tuesday, May 14 from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Fairfax

Thursday, May 2 from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Thursday, May 9 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Wednesday, May 15 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm New

Prince William

Wednesday, May 8 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Thursday, May 16 from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

For locations and to register, please visit http://hr.gmu.edu/learning  and click on the "Courses" tab.

 

UNUM Long Term Disability Open Enrollment Starts November 1

If you're a non-VSDP employee who is not yet participating in UNUM or a current participant who wants to change the amount of your coverage, open enrollment runs November 1-30th. Long-term disability insurance is designed to protect your income should you become medically unable to work. Additional information is available on the Long Term Disability (non-VSDP) web page. To obtain a customized enrollment form based on your age and salary, please call HR & Payroll at 3.2600 and ask for a Benefits Administrator or email us at benefits@gmu.edu. To cancel your coverage, please complete a UNUM change form. Enrollment forms and change forms must be received by HR & Payroll by Friday, November 30, 2012.

Fidelity Webinars

Confident Investing in Any Market

Concerned about the ups and downs of the market? Fidelity Investments is holding a webinar entitled, “Confident Investing in Any Mar ket.” Choose from Tuesday, October 2 at noon or Thursday, October 11 at noon. 

Designing Your Financial Roadmap

Map out your budget and savings goals at this webinar entilted "Designing Your Financial Roadmap".  Thursday, November 8 at noon.

For additional information on all seminars and to register, please visit Fidelity Webinars.

 

Special Medical Flexible Reimbursement Account Open Enrollment 2012 - June 7-22

The Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) announced a special Open Enrollment for medical flexible reimbursement accounts (FRAs) only from June 7-22.  You can enroll in, decrease, or increase your Medical FRA up to the new maximum of $5000 for the plan year 2012-2013.  This is an increase from the $2500 maximum that was in place during the May open enrollment period.

Any changes you make during this special open enrollment will take effect on July 1, 2012.

If you would like to enroll in or make changes to your medical FRA, please complete the State Flexible Benefits 2012 Special Enrollment Form and return the completed form to the Benefits Team at MS 3C3, fax it to 3.2601 or email to benefits@gmu.edu.

If you have any questions, please call the HR & Payroll Customer Service Center at 703.993.2600 and ask for the Benefits Team or email benefits@gmu.edu.

 

Open Enrollment for health benefits and flexible reimbursement accounts (FRAs) has ended.

Any changes you made during open enrollment will take effect on July 1, 2012.

If you have any questions, please call the HR & Payroll Customer Service Center at 703.993.2600 and ask for the Benefits Team or email benefits@gmu.edu.

Open Enrollment for health benefits and flexible reimbursement accounts (FRAs) is May 1 - May 25, 2012. During this time, you may enroll in a health plan and/or an FRA, change your health plan, add or remove family members or waive state health coverage. Changes to your premiums, health benefits and FRAs will take effect on July 1, 2012. Please note that rates and plan design information are subject to change pending approval of the state budget.

Highlights of changes for this plan year include:

COVA Care and COVA Connect:

  • Increase choice: You may enroll in either COVA Care or COVA Connect regardless of where you live, since both plans will be available statewides.
  • Annual vision benefit: The COVA Care and COVA Connect optional benefit will change to once every 12 months from every 24 months.
  • Autism: Coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) is included for children ages 2 through 6, with a $35,000 annual limit for these services.
  • IV and injected cancer drugs: For statewide plans, you pay the same 20 percent coinsurance for IV and infused chemotherapy as you do for all infusion services, with the plan paying 80 percent of the cost.

Kaiser:

  • Ambulance travel: $50 copayment per service
  • Prescription: Prescription drug copayments increase

Flexible Reimbursement Accounts:

  • Medical Flexible Reimbursement Account (FRA) contribution maximum per plan year: Changes to $2,500 from $5,000 due to federal health reform.
  • New Vendor: WageWorks
  • New Medical FRA VISA®; payment card mailed to all participants,

Premiums: While full-time employee premiums will increase for most plans, federal health reform funds will pay part of the premium subsidy for full-time employees and the entire subsidy for part-time employees.

For more details, see the Spotlight on Benefits newsletter, which was mailed to your home address the week of April 23rd. Please go to DHRM's Open Enrollment website for more information.

To make changes, please go to EmployeeDirect from May 1 - May 25, 2012.

 

Fidelity Webinar On Investing

Join Fidelity Investments on Thursday, October 20 for an online webinar entitled, "Building a Portfolio for Any Weather." This beginner-level session is designed for individuals who are enrolled in Mason's 403(b) tax-deferred annuity savings plan and are looking to help improve their investment mix through asset allocation and diversification.  Choose from three different session times.  You don't need to be a Fidelity participant to sign up.  For details and to register, please visit Fidelity Webinar.

Benefits Announcement on Patriot Web

Timely information regarding TRICARE and Virginia Retirement System (VRS) Member Benefit Profiles (MBP) is available here as well as on PatriotWeb.

TRICARE Supplement Available This Fall

There will be a special enrollment period beginning August 22 through September 6 for coverage effective October 1, 2011 for those who are eligible for TRICARE.  The plans will be administered for the Commonwealth by Association and Society Insurance Corporation (ASI).  The supplement is part of a legislative package passed by the 2011 General Assembly and signed by the Governor to offer education and health care assistance to Virginia's military families.

Employee monthly premiums will be:

Employee only                      $ 60

Employee plus one               $119

Employee plus two or more  $160

Employees wishing to enroll in the TRICARE supplement must be eligible for both TRICARE and the State Health Benefits program.

To elect the TRICARE supplement, eligible employees may:

  • Change to the supplement from their current health plan; or
  • Enroll in the supplement from waived status

For more information, please go the TRICARE page on DHRM's website. If you are eligible and choose to enroll, please complete the enrollment form available on DHRM's website and return to Benefits at MS 3C3 or via fax 703.993.2601.

For more information you may attend an employee meeting at the Northern Virginia Community College on Tuesday, August 30 at 1:00 p.m at:

Northern Virginia Community College

The Theatre, Ernst Community Cultural Center

4001 Wakefield Chapel Road

Grandfathered VRS Email

Grandfathered VRS Example

If you are a granfathered VRS participant, the 5% increase in your salary that you will receive in late June will not completely cover the new VRS deduction that will start at the same time.  This is because the 5% increase is based on your current salary and the 5% deduction is based on your new higher salary.  To illustrate, let's say someone currently makes $36,000 per year:

Current annual salary           $36,000

5% increase                          $  1,800

New annual salary                $37,800

5% VRS annual contribution  $  1,890

Cash Match Reinstated

As of the July 1, 2011 pay date, the cash match for participants in the Supplemental Retirement Account or the Deferred Compensation Plan will return to 50 percent of your contribution, not to exceed $20 per semi-monthly pay period (adjusted for those on bi-weekly or paid over 9 months). The cash match was reduced to $10 per pay period for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2011.

 

If you have COVA Care, COVA HDHP, or Kaiser Permanente...

...through Mason your wellness is covered 100%. A summary of your health & wellness benefits is available.

 

 

Human Resources and Payroll Benefits Disclaimer

Disclaimer: The Commonwealth of Virginia and George Mason University reserve the right to terminate, suspend, withdraw, amend or modify the benefits plan in whole or in part at any time. Further, The Commonwealth and the University reserve the right to terminate or modify coverage for any group of employees, active or retired and their dependents or a class of dependents at any time.