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State audit of insurance dependents now underway

By on April 5, 2018

The required dependent documentation must be sent to HMS by the specified deadline in order to continue dependent coverage.

People First portal upgrade complete, IE users advised to upgrade to IE11 or Edge

By on April 5, 2018

Employees are encouraged to upgrade to a modern browser, such as IE 11 or the newest version of IE called Edge, to resolve these issues and to stay cybersafe in general.

Parking decals expire May 1: Options for getting new decal

By on April 5, 2018

All UF and UF Health Shands faculty and staff parking decals will expire on May 1. Please order your new decal by April 15 to ensure you receive it on time and avoid parking citations.

Lapse in summer deductions for 9- and 10-month employees does not affect coverage

By on April 5, 2018

Employees on 9- and 10-month appointments will not have deductions taken out over the summer months for UFSelect, GatorCare and/or state plans.

Reminder: People First premium underpayment processing changes

By on April 5, 2018

Beginning this month, UF will begin collecting premium underpayments of up to one month’s premium for state plans via payroll deduction.

GatorGradCare summer enrollment deadline is May 16

By on April 5, 2018

The GatorGradCare summer enrollment application must be submitted by the May 16 enrollment deadline even if the assistantship does not begin until Summer B.

State audit of insurance dependents starts this month

By on March 7, 2018

UF employees with covered dependents should keep a close eye out for dependent verification requests from HMS to ensure their dependents do not lose coverage.

Flex spending account grace period available through March 15

By on March 7, 2018

All 2017 expenses must be incurred by the end of the grace period—March 15—or the IRS “use-it-or-lose-it” rule will apply. Claims for 2017 expenses must be filed by the final filing date of April 15, 2018.

New People First System to launch on March 26

By on March 7, 2018

On Monday, March 26, the Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) will launch a new People First system featuring a modernized look and enhanced functionality.

People First premium underpayment processing changes

By on March 7, 2018

Beginning this month, UF will begin collecting premium underpayments of up to one month’s premium for state plans via payroll deduction. Employees will no longer need to mail checks to People First.

Spring Break plans? Keep GatorPerks employee discount program in mind

By on March 7, 2018

Whether you’re planning a spring break road trip or a night on the town, be sure to check GatorPerks for exclusive discount offers.

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State audit of insurance dependents coming this March

By on February 6, 2018

UF employees with covered dependents should keep a close eye out for dependent verification requests from Health Management Systems (HMS) beginning this March to ensure their dependents do not lose coverage.

Flex spending account grace period available through March 15

By on February 6, 2018

The state’s FSAs feature an annual grace period that enables participants to continue to use medical and dependent care accounts for eligible expenses through March 15.

Florida Prepaid Open Enrollment deadline is Feb. 28

By on February 6, 2018

The Florida Prepaid Plan and the Florida Investment Plan (a 529 plan) offer affordable ways to save for your child’s future college expenses. Open Enrollment continues through Feb. 28.

Be sure to watch your mail for important tax reporting documents

By on February 6, 2018

In addition to filing your W-2, the IRS requires reporting of health insurance coverage information for the 2017 federal income tax reporting year.

Double deductions for state plans begin for 9- and 10-month employees

By on February 6, 2018

To ensure coverage for state health, life and supplemental insurance continues during the summer, double deductions will be collected from 9- and 10-month employees’ paychecks beginning with the Feb. 2 paycheck and continuing through May 11.

Has your department inadvertently received a tax credit notice?

By on February 6, 2018

It is important that the Healthcare Marketplace is aware of any employee who was offered coverage through UF, both for the protection of the university and so the employee does not inadvertently receive a premium tax credit that he or she may have to pay back.

Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit now scheduled for March

By on January 10, 2018

Did you see the story in last month’s issue of UF at Work about the coming Division of State Group Insurance (DSGI) audit, which affects all employees with dependents enrolled in state plans? Health Management Systems Inc. (HMS) is administering the audit. Requests for documents, which were originally scheduled to go out to applicable employees at Florida state universities in December, will now begin going out in March.

Be sure to watch your mail for important tax reporting documents

By on January 10, 2018

In addition to filing your W-2, the IRS requires reporting of health insurance coverage information for the 2017 federal income tax reporting year. Information from IRS Form 1095-B and/or Form 1095-C must be included with individuals’ income tax return. Please be sure to watch your mail for important tax documents and safeguard your form(s) with your other tax reporting documents.

Merit increases and increase in minimum wage effective as of Jan. 1

By on January 10, 2018

In December, the University of Florida Board Of Trustees approved collective bargaining agreements that cleared the way for the implementation of salary increases effective Jan. 1, 2018.

New employees: Have you met ALEX, UF’s virtual benefits counselor?

By on January 10, 2018

ALEX is an online, virtual benefits counselor designed to make exploring and choosing the best benefits options for new employees and their families less of a chore.

Verify your benefits deductions for 2018

By on January 10, 2018

Whether or not you made changes during Open Enrollment, the New Year is a good time to review your paycheck to ensure your coverage selections are accurate. If you made any changes to the certain plans during Open Enrollment, they will be reflected beginning with your Jan. 5 paycheck.

Did you resolve to become more fiscally fit in 2018?: You can save more with GatorPerks

By on January 10, 2018

Do your resolutions include saving some money this year? GatorPerks is here to help! Be sure to check GatorPerks for exclusive UF employee discount offers on restaurants, travel and much more.

Has your department inadvertently received a tax credit notice?

By on January 10, 2018

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires large employers to offer health care coverage to full-time employees. Employees have the opportunity to utilize the Healthcare Marketplace to obtain health insurance coverage and, as such, may qualify for a premium tax credit.

Year-end vacation leave conversion slated for this month

By on January 10, 2018

The annual vacation leave conversion process will take place at the end of the pay period covering Dec. 29 to Jan. 11. Vacation hours exceeding the annual maximum will automatically be converted into sick leave balance.

Thinking about retirement? FLARE spring workshops can help

By on January 10, 2018

UF’s Financial Literacy and Retirement Education (FLARE) workshops are here to guide you on your journey toward the best possible retirement. This spring you can learn more about Medicare, Social Security and the Florida Retirement System, as well as sharpen your investment skills.

GatorGradCare spring/summer enrollment deadline is Jan. 30

By on January 10, 2018

The enrollment deadline for spring/summer GatorGradCare health insurance is Jan. 30. The spring/summer GatorGradCare enrollment period is only for the following students:

Are your dependents covered by a state insurance plan? Be on the lookout for verification requests to ensure they don’t lose coverage

By on December 6, 2017

Effective Dec. 1, a Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit will include all employees with dependents enrolled in state plans.

Be sure to enter your holiday time and leave early

By on December 6, 2017

UF Leave Administration encourages you to enter your time and leave early as you make preparations for time off during the holidays. All TEAMS and Academic Personnel identified by their departments as “essential employees” may enter December personal leave now.

Review December and January paychecks for insurance deductions

By on December 6, 2017

Each payday, especially following Open Enrollment, it’s important to confirm that your insurance premiums are being deducted correctly.

Year-end vacation leave conversion slated for January

By on December 6, 2017

The annual vacation leave conversion process will take place at the end of the pay period covering Dec. 29 to Jan. 11, 2018. Vacation hours exceeding the annual maximum will automatically be converted into sick leave balance.