Benefits for Life (BFL) Open Enrollment runs March 11, 2019 through March 29, 2019. BFL is an employee-paid, voluntary benefits program. For more information visit the Benefits for Life web page.
The 2018 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Grace Period ends March 15, 2019. Any remaining funds left in 2018 FSAs must be spent on eligible expenses by this date. All 2018 FSA substantiation claims must be submitted by the May 31, 2019 runout date. Visit www.mi.gov/fsa for more information.
Dental and Vision Insurance Coverage for Adult Children: Changes to economic benefits under new collective bargaining agreements and commission approvals will take effect in October. Employees will be able to add dependent adult children for dental and vision benefits during the annual Insurance Open Enrollment (IOE) in August to take effect October 6, 2019. Until then, dependent adult children can enroll only if unmarried, dependent on the employee for at least 50% of their support, and enrolled in and regularly attending an accredited educational institution. Until October, an adult child cannot be added unless there is a qualifying life event (e.g., new college enrollment) allowing mid-year changes and the MI HR Service Center is contacted within 31 days of that event.
New Stress Management Tool From ESP: Another holiday season has come and gone and for many, that means it's time to work on goals for the New Year. If better health and wellness is one of your goals, Employee Service Program (ESP) has a great new tool to help you. ESP recently added a new online stress management tool to their website called StressStop, offering a variety of stress management resources including stress self-assessments, meditation videos, relaxation music, informational podcasts, and more. You may also give ESP a call to speak confidentially with a counselor for additional resources or questions at 1-800-521-1377.