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Open enrollment under way for WMU employees

Nov. 16, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's open enrollment period for health insurance, life insurance and flexible spending accounts began Nov. 1 and will continue through 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.


Open enrollment for health insurance is available for:

  • Benefits-eligible non-bargaining employees
  • Members of the American Association of University Professors
  • Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
  • Members of the Michigan State Employees Association
  • Members of the Police Officers Association
  • Retirees from all of the above groups

During open enrollment, employees and retirees have the option of adding eligible dependents to their health insurance.

Eligible employees, but not retirees, also have a one-time opportunity during this year's open enrollment period to elect additional life insurance coverage without having to obtain medical underwriting approval.

Insurance elections made during the 2010 open enrollment period are effective Jan. 1, 2011. Detailed information was mailed to the home addresses of employees and retirees the week of Oct. 25.

Detailed information online
Open enrollment for WMU employees

Flexible Spending Accounts

Employees who wish to participate in a flexible spending account in 2011 must enroll or re-enroll during this year's open enrollment period.

Flex accounts offer an opportunity to use pre-tax dollars to pay for dependent-care expenses or qualified medical expenses that are not covered by insurance. Current as well as new participants must submit an enrollment form to Human Resources by the 5 p.m. Dec. 3 deadline.

That form is part of the BASIC Flex enrollment booklet and is available on the WMU Open Enrollment website and in print at the Human Resources office, which is located in Room 1300 of the Seibert Administration Building.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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