2014 - 2015 Benefits & Wellness News


2014-2015 Rates

We are pleased to announce that there will be no increase to life or vision premiums. The University continues to make a sizable investment in your benefits, paying 100 percent of dental insurance premiums and more than 90 percent of health insurance premiums for full-time employees.  With the rise in health insurance costs, the increase in your health insurance cost share will range from $0.05 to $0.40 per pay period, depending on your plan.

Emergency Room (ER) Visits

Effective July 1, 2014, emergency room visit co-pays will increase to $150.00 per visit, up from $125.00 for Comprehensive PPO and $135.00 for HMO plans. While the ER may be the best (and only) alternative, if your condition is not life threatening, you may want to consider other choices, such as calling the Nurse 24 Line at 866-674-9103, calling your Primary Care Physician, or visiting an Urgent Care Center or Medical Aid Unit (MAU).  Visit http://ben.omb.delaware.gov for a list of available MAU and Urgent Care Centers located in Delaware’s three counties.

Adult Dependent Coordination of Benefits Form

Effective July 1, 2014, Adult Dependent Coordination of Benefits Forms are no longer required, and therefore not required to be completed during Open Enrollment.

Grief Counseling

The University’s Group Life Insurance coverage provided to full-time University employees through MetLife now includes grief counseling services at no additional cost.  Grief counseling is a specific form of therapy aimed at helping people cope with major life circumstances that may trigger feelings of grief. For more information or to speak with a licensed professional counselor, simply call the dedicated toll-free number, 1-855-609-9989, or log on to www.udel.edu/002148. Username (MetLife) and Password (grief)


The University’s vision insurance plan through National Vision Administrators (NVA) now offers discounts for premium progressive lenses.

Blood Bank of Delmarva

Now that today’s managed-care health plans no longer charge specifically for blood replacement, the required membership and associated fee to the Blood Bank of Delmarva has been discontinued.  However, the University encourages faculty and staff to continue to donate blood as the need for blood donations has not changed. Visit www.udel.edu/002158 for additional information.


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