New dental and vision plans introduced for 2019

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Regular dental and vision exams are as important to ensuring good health as are the physical exams covered by your medical insurance. In order to continue offering coverage that employees value, the university is introducing new dental and vision plans for 2019.These new programs, according to the Benefits Office, reflect its strategy to:

  • Continue to provide access to excellent health care benefits for all faculty and staff and their families
  • Provide all with meaningful choices and greater flexibility
  • Remain competitive when compared with the health plan designs of peer institutions, and
  • Encourage faculty and staff, and their families, to be actively involved in health care decision making and to be informed consumers of health care services

During the Annual Enrollment period, which runs from Oct. 17 to Nov. 7, it's important to review your new dental and vision plan benefits, as well as the articles within the October and November issues of HR NewsWire that explain the details for each plan and assist you in making smart choices.

If you don't take action:

  • And are enrolled in the CareFirst BCBS or Cigna dental plans, you will be enrolled in the Delta Dental Standard PPO Plan
  • And are enrolled in the United ConcordiaPLUS Dental HMO Plan, your election will carry forward in this plan at the new plan rates
  • And are enrolled in the voluntary vision plan through UnitedHealthcare, you will not have vision coverage after Dec. 31, 2018