Annual Maximum Out-of-Pocket

Changes for in-network services.

As Open Enrollment is fast approaching, please take a moment to review the 2015 benefit rates.  This can be done through Wolverine Access with your level one password, by selecting the Self-Service option.  Under Benefits, select Display Plan Rates.  Your 2014 rate will be displayed at the top of the page; scroll down for the 2015 rates.  The individual rate for in-network services is $3,000 and the rate for a family is $6,000.

The Open Enrollment period is scheduled to begin on October 27, 2014 and run until November 7.  Please understand that if you transition to a faculty position, you will not be allowed to change your healthcare insurance.  This is not considered a life event under the terms expressed by the University.


A Guide to International Rotations at Michigan

Monday, September 15, from 6:30 to 8 pm in C & W 12th Floor, 745, D/F

Join us for dinner and a discussion of how to find and finance, international rotations at U of M. Residents from different departments will share their experiences and reflect on the positive and negative aspects of the rotation as well as the unique challenges of providing medical care abroad.

  • Dr. John Del Valle (IM): Overview of how to get funding at University of Michigan
  • Dr. Pranab Barman (IM): Introduction to the UMHS Resident Global Health website
  • Dr. Emily Cooperstein (Peds): Hope Clinic International: Providing Medical Care to Women and Children in Nicaragua   
  • Dr. Peggy Williams (IM): Practicing Internal Medicine in Guatemala
  • Dr. Lisa King (Ortho) : Performing Hand Surgery in Istanbul, Turkey   
  • Dr. Laurie Dixon (EM) : Working in the Emergency Department in South Africa

Please RSVP to Ashley so we order enough food:

P3 Closures

Parking Alternatives During Taubman Paint Project

A project to paint the interior of the Taubman South (P3) Parking Structure is scheduled as follows:

Fri. Sept. 12, 6:00 pm - Mon. Sept. 15, 5:00 am
All of P3 will be closed for this weekend.
P3 Gold & Blue parkers can park in their respective parking areas elsewhere on the Medical Campus, incl. P1, P4 or the Catherine St., Ann St. or Glen Ave. Parking Structures. If those structures are full or you are responding to an emergency, you may park in P2 (patient/visitor parking) by taking a spitter ticket upon entry.  When exiting, please show your parking permit & hand the spitter ticket to the Parking Attendant.
Fri. Sept. 19, 6:00 pm - Mon. Sept. 22, 5:00 am
Level 2.5 & Level 3 will be open for P3 parkers.
All parkers may enter the upper levels of P3 via the P2 Parking Structure - Take a spitter ticket upon entry.  When exiting, please show your parking permit & hand the spitter ticket to the Parking Attendant.

Open Enrollment

HO's can change their benefits between October 27 and November 7.

Open Enrollment for 2015 benefits is Oct. 27-Nov. 7.  Beginning on August 18, you can log on to Wolverine Access to view the 2015 benefit rates.

One specific change for 2015 is all of U-M's self-insured medical plans will add IVF coverage for 2015. Health Alliance Plan (HAP) is not a self-insured plan and is excluded. Employees with HAP coverage who are candidates for IVF can select a different medical plan during Open Enrollment to receive coverage of IVF in 2015.

Basic Retirement Savings Plans such as the 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Account (SRA) and 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan can be elected at anytime.

While you are thinking about your benefits coverage, this may be a good time to review your beneficiary designations to make sure they are up to date.

Please note, for those of you transitioning to another type of appointment, Clinical Lecturer or Faculty next July, you are not able to eligible to select another type of health plan at that time.  You can only make changes during the Open Enrollment period and if you've had a Life Event.

White Coat Cleaning

White Coats Not So White?

Upon employment, your program will provide you with three white lab coats for use during the duration of training.  A worn-out or damaged coat may be exchanged at no cost to the house officer on a one-for-one basis, as needed.

Your program is responsible for the facilitation of laundering the white coats and you should not be paying out-of-pocket for this expense.  Each program should have a mechanism in place for the timely exchange of coats.  To help facilitate this process, the Lab Coat Room located at B2001 in the Taubman Center has daily hours, Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4 pm with breaks scheduled between 10:00 - 10:15 am, 11:30 am - noon, and 1:45 - 2 pm.

As you know, regularly cleaned lab coats aid in controlling the spread of certain germs.