Penn State Intercom......February 15, 2001

Employee Benefits
reminders noted

The Office of Human Resources would like to remind faculty and staff members of important benefits information.

Flexible benefits requests for reimbursement for services incurred in 2000 must be submitted on or before March 31. Reimbursements are based on the date that the service occurred, not on the date of payment, so only services from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2000, are eligible.

March 31 also is the last date HealthAmerica and Open Choice will accept major medical claims for PPO plans and Plan A for 2000 charges from University faculty and staff members or their dependents.

The annual statement of account that each State Employees' Retirement System (SERS) participant receives will be mailed to the participant's home address again this year. In order to receive statement in a timely manner, employees' home addresses must be current. Please note that the only method of changing a home address is to complete a new W-4 form through the Payroll Department.

Everyone periodically encounters difficult life or work situations. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides confidential counseling sessions for University faculty, staff and members of their household. Up to three visits per problem situation are paid for by the University. To receive a free consultation, call the EAP at (800) 858-2778. Employees in the College of Medicine at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, call (800) 543-5080.