Address changes are made in WISE. Once logged into your account, select “update address.” This change will be sent to all core benefit vendors with the exception of any Flexible Spending Accounts (Wageworks) and any voluntary benefits. These vendors will need to be contacted directly to ensure your address is updated. You can find contact information on the HR benefits page.
If your coverage is effective however you have not received your ID card yet, your options are:
- If your enrollment information has been received by the insurance company, you can call the vendor for your ID number, then you can print a temporary ID card from the vendor’s website.
- If you are not able to print an ID card, you may pay for the visit at time of service, then submit to insurance for reimbursement (file a claim). Claim forms can be found on the vendor websites.
- It may be necessary to reschedule the appointment for a later date.
For Medical: Cigna - https://my.cigna.com/web/public/guest 800-244-6224
For Dental: Northeast Delta Dental - www.nedelta.com 800-832-5700
For Prescription: OptumRx - https://www.optumrx.com/public/landing 866-633-5874
Open Enrollment is a window of time once a year when employees can make changes to their benefits without the need for a qualifying reason. It is always best to review your benefits during open enrollment even if you are not making changes. There are some benefits which require renewal every year during open enrollment such as flexible spending accounts. Other benefits require approval to continue with election for the next plan year.
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) must be elected every open enrollment if you wish to continue the benefit into the next enrollment year.
Each year, Open Enrollment dates are announced via email, campus mail and postal to home addresses on file. Open Enrollment is usually at the end of October and lasts for 2 weeks. Any changes made during the Open Enrollment period take effect January 1st of the following new year.
Changes can be made during the annual Open Enrollment period for an effective date of the first of the following year. There are certain reasons that allow you to make changes outside of Open Enrollment, these are referred to as ‘Qualified Change in Status’ events.
A benefit is considered voluntary when USNH does not contribute to the premiums of the plan, however USNH will provide the opportunity to purchase the benefit via convenient payroll deductions. The benefits are provided at a group rate, and these benefits may be able to continue even when employment has ended.
It lowers the amount of your taxable income, therefore, you’ll pay less income tax which may increase your net pay.
Your benefits will end on your last day of the month in which your employment terminates.
The 403(b) plan provides the opportunity to save for retirement on a tax-advantaged basis. Eligible employees participating in the retirement plan receive an employer contribution match which can help employees meet their retirement savings goals.
Individuals may use the USNH 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Plan to make additional contribution above the 6% level, up to the IRS limit. Click this link for more information about a Supplemental Retirement Account.
You can change your deferrals anytime, however all changes are effective on the first of the month following the date the change was received.
Contributions to a ROTH retirement account are made after taxes have been calculated on your earnings. Contributions made to a pre-tax retirement account are contributions that are made before taxes are calculated on your earnings.
USNH provides free consultations with retirement planners. You can schedule a one hour, onsite appointment with a representative from TIAA and/or Fidelity free of charge. Click this link for more information about scheduling an appointment.