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Open Enrollment Period for Health Insurance, FRA Benefit Selections Begins May 1

The Department of Human Resources sent the following "Dear Colleagues" letter to ODU employees via email on Tuesday. It includes important information about benefits changes.

Dear Colleagues,

Open Enrollment is the time to make decisions about your Health Insurance and Flexible Reimbursement Accounts (FRAs) for the upcoming fiscal year. The Open Enrollment period to make your benefit selections is May 1 - May 24.

There are important changes to the Commonwealth's Heath Benefits options and fee structure that will go into effect on July 1, 2013. The new program is intended to promote wellness and reward employees for taking proactive measures towards a healthier lifestyle.

Last night the Commonwealth's Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) sent an email with the subject 2013 Health Benefits Open Enrollment. It is important that you read this email and visit the link to the Spotlight on Benefits newsletter. This newsletter has specific information on the upcoming changes and tools to help you make an informed decision. DHRM is also sending this newsletter to your homes.

DHRM has sent three other Health Benefit Updates to you via email this month. Please read this information. For quick access to these updates, visit the links below:

Health Benefits Update - April 5

Health Benefits Update - April 12

Health Benefits Update - April 19

Additionally, DHRM will hold information sessions throughout Virginia to explain the changes. Please plan to attend. View the DHRM meeting schedule here.

Old Dominion University's Department of Human Resources is committed to helping you understand these changes and make informed decisions during Open Enrollment. Therefore, we are providing additional on-campus information sessions in Webb University Center for your convenience:

May 1 - 3 p.m., River Rooms

May 2 - 10:30 a.m., River Rooms (DHRM sponsored meeting))

May 6 - 2 p.m., Chesapeake/Portsmouth/VA Beach Rooms

May 8 - 10 a.m., River Rooms

May 8 - 2 p.m., River Rooms

May 14 - 10 a.m., River Rooms

May 14 - 2 p.m., River Rooms

May 15 - 3 p.m., Cape Charles/Isle of Wight Rooms

May 20 - 2 p.m., Cape Charles/Isle of Wight Rooms

Open Enrollment changes will be submitted online again this year using EmployeeDirect. EmployeeDirect is quick, easy, and available 24 hours a day from any computer with Internet access. EmployeeDirect eliminates the paper forms and automatically updates the Benefits Eligibility System.

In preparation for online Open Enrollment, employees should login to EmployeeDirect now, review their Health Benefits Profile, and make any necessary changes to personal information. You can access EmployeeDirect at When you register, you will be asked to provide your Employee Number; this is the first seven numbers on your health insurance card. If you do not have your health insurance card, select Forgot Employee Number and follow the prompts.

Should you have any questions, please contact our Benefits Manager, Brenda Johnson or extension 3042.

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