Information about Wexner Medical Center and Medicare health plans

This year, the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) will transition OPERS retirees age 65 and older to an individual Medicare plan (Medigap or Medicare Advantage plan). Open enrollment for selecting the new plan runs through Dec. 31, and coverage will begin Jan. 1, 2016.

Learn which plans cover care at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, and download a free checklist with questions to ask when selecting a plan.

Introducing Gateway to Learning, New Professional Development Resources

Gateway to Learning is a new robust website that supports faculty and staff professional growth. Visit Gateway to Learning to learn more about professional development and explore the opportunities.

Ohio State Again Named One of America’s Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces for the Ninth Consecutive Year

For the ninth year in a row, The Ohio State University is recognized by the Dave Thomas Adoption Foundation on their 2015 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List. Ohio State has been named fourth in the nation on the education industry list and fifth overall in Ohio for their adoption benefits.

What’s the best health plan for you?

Short answer: The best health plan for you is one that meets your needs with the lowest impact to you financially.

Consider this:

2016 Open Enrollment Information Now Available

It’s time to start thinking about selecting your benefits for the 2016 plan year. 

Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity to assess your benefit options, review dependent enrollment, and plan ahead for anticipated needs so that you can confirm the plan elections that are most appropriate for you. It is important for you to review and understand all plan changes, and take advantage of the tools available to estimate and compare your health costs for next year to help ensure you are making the best choice.

Dental Plan – Delta Dental PPO or Delta Dental Premier?

You could reduce your out-of-pocket dental care costs next year. Changes to Ohio State’s Dental Plan for 2016 can result in more coverage and less money out-of-pocket if your dentist is part of the Delta Dental PPO network.

There are two dental networks available through Ohio State’s Dental Plan: Delta Dental PPO and Delta Dental Premier. The Ohio State Student Dental Clinic is a Delta Dental PPO provider.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Football Game Recognizes Dedication of Ohio State Faculty and Staff

The success of the university is a result of the dedication and teamwork Ohio State faculty and staff demonstrate every day. In recognition of their many contributions, the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Football game on Saturday, September 12 offered many faculty and staff who opted in to receive tickets the opportunity to cheer on the Buckeyes with fellow faculty, staff, family and friends. 

Wellness in the workplace

Many employers offer wellness programs to help keep employees healthy. According to the Society for Human Resources Managers (SHRM), the percentage of employers offering wellness programs has increased substantially over the last five years. SHRM reports these statistics in its 2015 Employee Benefits report:

Managing our shared health care costs

“Life is not merely being alive, but being well.” -- Marcus Valerius Martialis, first century poet

Along those lines, Open Enrollment is not merely choosing health care, but choosing to live well. This blog series will help you make informed choices by exploring in greater detail the benefits offered to Ohio State faculty and staff and the general environment shaping those benefits.

This first post will provide some context about Ohio State’s efforts to control costs that impact the university and individual faculty and staff.

Revised Sexual Misconduct Policy Serves as a Unified Campus Policy

As part of a comprehensive effort to enhance the health, safety and well-being of our community, the university recently revised its policies on sexual misconduct. This comprehensive focus includes a close partnership with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. Since signing an agreement with this federal agency in September 2014, the university has been working closely with them to ensure our policies align with national best practices for campus and community safety.