Join Your Fellow House Officers on October 25th
The HOA has booked LIVE in Ann Arbor once again for the annual Halloween party. Costumes encouraged! The festivities begin at 9 pm. The Association has exclusive use of the venue until 11 pm with cocktails being provided. After 11 pm the doors will be open to their regular patrons to join us.
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.
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 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.
So when do I qualify for a P2 parking voucher? When should I use the valet?
An employee who has been assigned to an off-site location and is required to return to the main medical campus prior to 4 pm (given that at 4:00 pm they will have access to P3) will not have to pay for parking fees incurred in the Patient/Visitor parking area (P2). If this is you, you are entitled to a parking voucher or coupon from your program coordinator or their designee. If your coordinator is unavailable, the vouchers are available at the main desk located on floor 1 of the Taubman Center.
The voucher program is not for a HO assigned to an inpatient service or hospital clinic. Only if you are assigned to the VA, Briarwood, NCRC, Dominos Farms or one of the other numerous off-site locations, and required by your program to return to the hospital (didactics, rounds, or other clinical or educational duties), do you then qualify for a coupon.
Employees who are called to the hospital for an emergency consult, whether in the Emergency Department or on service, may use valet parking at the Emergency Entrance at no expense. You will need to provide the valet attendant with proper ID (your badge) and indicate which service the consult is related to.
Please don't abuse the system. It is understood that impact on Patient/Visitor parking needs would be reason for modification of the collective bargaining agreement.