Employed Physicians: Open Enrollment Ends October 27
October 7, 2021 | 3 min. to read
Beneﬁts Open Enrollment is October 13 – 27. During this period, you can make any necessary changes to your beneﬁts elections for 2022. Elections made during this period become effective January 1, 2022.
Northwestern Medicine offers comprehensive and market-competitive benefits with a variety of choices to help you elect a benefits package that best meets your needs.
You should receive the annual postcard reminder in the next week announcing Open Enrollment.
Given physical distancing requirements and to safeguard employee health, a virtual benefit fair will again be available 24/7 on NM Interactive to provide online access to important Open Enrollment resources and the self-service enrollment portal. You can also view a pre-recorded benefits enrollment presentation on this portal.
Information and resources will be available online starting early next week at NMI > MyNM Service Center > Your Beneﬁts. Here, you will ﬁnd helpful information in the electronic enrollment guide and knowledge articles, which include details about 2022 beneﬁt offerings, including what’s changing and how to enroll or make changes.
New for 2022
Medical plan names – Same medical plans, new names (The plan provisions, such as co-pays and deductibles are not changing and employees may continue to use their existing cards.)
NM PPO Plan is now NM Standard PPO
HDHP Plan is now NM Savings PPO with HSA
Hearing aids – Now covered on NM plans up to a $4,000 maximum every three years
You will need to update your NM 2022 elections if:
You want to change your current medical, dental or vision insurance elections.
You want to add/drop an eligible dependent.
You want to enroll or re-enroll in and contribute to a Health Care or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account.
You participate in the NM Savings PPO with Health Savings Account (HSA) Plan and want to enroll or re-enroll in the Health Savings Account.
You want to enroll in Voluntary Benefits (Optional).
You want to change your Supplement Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment elections.
If you do not want to make changes to your NM benefits, no action is required. Your current benefit elections, with the exception of the Flexible Spending Account and Health Saving Account elections, will roll over into 2022.
A few items to keep in mind during Open Enrollment:
You may only elect/change your benefits once a year during Open Enrollment, unless you have a qualifying life event during the year. A qualifying life event includes marriage/civil union change, birth/adoption, loss/gain of coverage elsewhere, death, new hire, status change, temporary to regular employment classification and return from COBRA.
You can reduce your medical premiums by completing a confidential NM Health Risk Assessment by December 17. This assessment must be completed each year for the reduced premium to be applied for the new year. Visit aetna.com. Once you have registered and logged in, follow this path: Health and Wellness > Stay Healthy > Access Wellness > Complete a Health Assessment. The reduced premium will appear on your January 2022 paycheck if you complete the assessment by December 20, 2021.
In mid-November, you will receive an email from HRSystemAdminstrator@nm.org to your NM email address, which will include a link to your final confirmation statement.
As a reminder, members are required to fill long-term medications in three-month supplies using ESI’s mail order pharmacy, or a participating Walgreens or CVS retail pharmacy.
Human Resources is committed to helping you understand your NM benefit plan options. If you have questions regarding the 2022 benefit plans and/or logging in to NMI, you can contact the MyNM Service Center at 312.926.HELP (4357), Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm or by email at email@example.com.