- Did You Know?
- Open Enrollment is happening right now and runs through May 16 at 5:00 p.m.!
- Staff Spotlight
- Who you are and what do you do?
- What are the most important things you’re working on?
- Why do you like working for DFM?
- What are your passions?
- What do you do away from work?
- Favorite band/music?
- Favorite movie and why?
- Little-known fact:
- Good Stuff Going On!
- Wellness Wednesdays…
Open Enrollment is happening right now and runs through May 16 at 5:00 p.m.!
Access Open Enrollment through the Portal under Payroll and Compensation on the left side of the page. Click on “Benefits Enrollment” to get started.
Here’s the quick and dirty on open enrollment:
If you do nothing:
- Your health and dental elections will stay as they are now
- Flex spending accounts (medical and/or dependent care) will be zeroed out. You MUST re-enroll in this every year.
Vision coverage is now a two-year commitment, and provides an eye exam each year and EITHER glasses OR contacts once every TWO years. BUT, if you elected vision insurance last year, and re-enroll this year, your two-year clock starts over (BONUS!), so you can get another pair of glasses or more contacts without having to wait another year.
- There’s now a $150 copay for the ER (waived if you’re admitted) on the CU Exclusive Plan. Compare this to the $30 copay for an urgent care center, and only go to the ER if you really need it (I know, I’m preaching to the choir).
- If you have the medical flex spending account, you will now be issued an ASI debit card that you can use to pay your doctor’s office and pharmacy copays, etc. STILL KEEP YOUR RECEIPTS, however, because the card won’t always work due to the way things are coded at the location and/or you might be asked for documentation, either by ASI or the IRS.
- Premium rates are VERY slightly higher, but you probably won’t even notice, as the University is absorbing 99% of the rate increase.
If you already have Optional Life Insurance, you can elect an additional $10K in life insurance WITHOUT providing medical information during open enrollment. Choose “Employee Optional Life Add 10K” when you’re working your way down your list of choices.
One more thing:
You MUST choose an enrollment reason (right after vision in the list) so they can capture information for ACA reporting requirements. If you are taking/continuing the health insurance, you just select “I did not waive coverage.” If you skip this step, you’ll get an error message when you try to submit your changes.
Who you are and what do you do?
Currently I support the efforts of Community-Campus Partnership, the Advancing Care Together Program, and Dr. Larry Green, Professor & Epperson-Zorn Endowed Chair for Innovation in Family Medicine.
What are the most important things you’re working on?
PCMH Residency Project, Connection to Health Project and the Fit Family Challenge Project.
Why do you like working for DFM?
The Advancing Care Together ReACT meeting coming up on May 16.
Travel plans for Dr. Green, who is always on the go.
The Community Campus Partnership team is still growing and are located both on and off-campus. Helping them get set-up is a priority. Also, starting WordPress classes in order to help support the website now being created.
What are your passions?
Travel, Fine Art, Photography, Film and learning new things.
What do you do away from work?
Learn new things, go to museums, see friends, take photographs, edit other artist portfolios, and help them write artist statements.
David Bowie, Kristin Hersh, Etta James, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Gnarles Barkley, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Polistia
Favorite movie and why?
I do not have a single favorite. One of my favorites is Gloomy Sunday. I don’t want to say too much about it, but it is rich in many ways and must be watched to the very end.
I often wish I was taller.
Congratulations to Terry Kosel who is finally tying the knot with Mercy Vianzon out in Reno on May 23rd.
Also, Marcy Osner is marrying Amit Patel May 31st up in Golden. Congrats!!
The DFM has a membership to Colorado Free University where you can take classes on everything from computer programs to money management and from Spanish to spirituality. The first time you take a class, you will need to call and tell them that you’re with the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine, but after they get you in the system, you can register online going forward.
If the class you want to take is job-related, you may be able to use your professional development (formerly CME) funds for this. If this is the case, you should contact your respective administrative assistant or to get you signed up for the class. If you’re planning on an arts and crafts class instead, you can use our membership to get the “member” rate, but you’ll need to pay for that yourself.
…are continuing – join us the 3rd Wednesday of each month for a different lunch-and-learn topic related to your health! Upcoming sessions (AO1, room 3101 from noon-1:00 p.m.):
- May 19th – Tapping for Emotional Well-Being – Lori Jarrell, DFM