benefits

Open Enrollment 2021 will close on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m. Central time. 2020 elections carry over to 2021, except for the Flexible Spending Accounts and the Health Savings Account. These plans require enrollment each year, regardless of your prior year’s elections. If you are enrolled in the High Deductible Health Plan, you must enroll in the HSA in order to receive the employer HSA contribution. As a reminder, you must click “Submit” in order for any new elections…

This year’s open-enrollment period will take place from Oct. 29-Nov. 12. All benefits-eligible employees will receive an electronic open enrollment event via FermiWorks on Oct. 29. Every employee should open the event, review current elections and beneficiaries and decide if any changes are needed. 2020 elections carry over to 2021, except for the Flexible Spending Accounts and the Health Savings Account (HSA) which require re re-enrollment each year. If you are enrolled in the High-Deductible Health Plan, you must enroll…

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) have been extended to Dec. 31. What does this mean for you? Under these laws, employer-sponsored group health plans including Fermilab’s generally: must cover certain items such as COVID-19 testing, including test administration and related items and services, at no cost to participants. Coverage is provided whether in or out-of-network. may cover telehealth services at 100%, including coverage for mental health services. There…

Do you have what you need to use your dental and vision benefits? You will find answers to your questions about the Delta Dental plan here: https://hr.fnal.gov/benefits/dental/. To request an ID card to be mailed or to print a temporary ID card, you must register at www.deltadentalil.com (must be on the Fermilab network to view). Registration instructions are online (Services login required). Refer to the Benefits Office dental page for tips on completing registration without having your new Delta member…

The Benefits and Wellness Office continues to host weekly wellness live virtual workshops. The workshops highlight practical support and coping tools. Join us every Wednesday at 12 p.m. via Zoom live viewing with Q&A moderated by Kathy Horton, EAP counselor, or on-demand recording available at your convenience. Workshop Title Live Viewing with Q&A Moderated by Kathy Horton, EAP Counselor Cumulative Stress Stress all around us – but many of us have little time to slow down and understand what we…

Employees are Fermilab’s most important asset. WDRS strives to offer you and your family competitive, comprehensive and diverse benefits as part of your total compensation package. In order to do so, we must periodically analyze our current benefits and evaluate usage, coverage, effectiveness, cost and competitive trends in benefit programs. All of these elements, along with feedback from employees and managers, are critical components necessary to determine the organization’s stance on benefit offerings.   Over the past year, a cross-functional…

Live Viewing with Q&A Moderated by Kathy Horton, EAP Counselor Title: Managing Financial Impact of COVID-19 Each family in the US has been impacted financially in some way or another. Many weeks into the pandemic the financial impact may look very different than the initial onset. Join us to discuss aspects of financial navigation and some tools for consideration to position your family to be most successful. Date: June 24 – 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Zoom: Go to Fermilab…

Today June 23 at 11 a.m.: Saving For Your Future at Fermilab virtual workshop Sasha Owens, Fidelity Investments, will present “Saving for your Future at Fermilab: an Introduction to Retirement Savings Options.”  This session is open to anyone currently eligible for the 403(b) or 401(a) plans. If you are newly eligible for 401(a), new to the lab or just getting started with retirement savings, this session is built for you. Go to Wellness Upcoming Events to register.      

As your needs in life change, so does the help you require. Sasha Owens, Fidelity retirement planner, can help you identify your financial goals and move towards them. Make your Fidelity one-on-one appointment by calling 800-642-7137 or by going online at https:/getguidance.fidelity.com/Fermilab or NetBenefits. Fidelity virtual or phone appointments are available on: July 8, 15, 21, 31 August 7, 13, 19, 28 September 4, 9, 14, 25    

The IRS recently released guidance stating that employers can amend their plans to allow eligible employees to begin contributing to or change their annual election amount for health and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs) without a qualifying life event/change in status. While it is optional for employers to adopt this change, we have decided to do so. If you are interested in electing to contribute to or making a change to your Health Care FSA (HCFSA) or Dependent Care…