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May 7, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Benefits Open Enrollment for 2018 is now underway and will run through May 25. During this period, you can confirm or change your benefits, effective July 1, by going to HR Enrollment and clicking on the Flexnet button.

Please review the 2018-2019 Benefits Guide, where you can learn what’s new for the 2018-2019 plan year.

2018 Benefits Highlights

  • There will be no increase in your health insurance premium.
  • Copays for basic and high-tech imaging and lab services under the Aetna HMO and Highmark Delaware Comprehensive PPO plans will be changing. View the cost comparisons on the Health Plan Comparison Chart. Members enrolled in these plans who utilize the preferred non-hospital-affiliated sites of care will pay the lowest or no copay for services such as X-rays, ultrasounds, mammography and MRIs.
  • Aetna and Highmark Delaware have designated certain health care facilities within their provider networks as Centers of Excellence, or COE Facilities. COE Facilities, sometimes referred to as Blue Distinction Centers, Institutes of Quality or Institutes of Excellence, have been identified as delivering high-quality services and superior outcomes at reduced cost for specific procedures or conditions. Members having orthopedic and spine procedures will have the lowest cost when performed at a COE Facility. View the cost comparisons on the Health Plan Comparison Chart.

To find a laboratory, imaging center, or COE, visit the State of Delaware Department of Human Resources.

Benefits & Wellness Fair

Mark your calendar for our annual Benefits and Wellness Fair to be held Wednesday, May 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the Trabant University Center Multipurpose Room. UD Employee Health and Wellbeing will be on site to host the Screening Zone, providing free biometric health screenings and other wellness assessments. Please register for your screenings at

For additional information please visit our website or contact us at

We look forward to seeing you at the fair!


Darcell Griffith, CCP
Interim Chief Human Resources Officer

In keeping with the University of Delaware's commitment to a diverse and inclusive campus, Human Resources works in close collaboration with the Vice Provost for Diversity and the Office of Equity and Inclusion to ensure our services meet the needs of our diverse community.

This message has been approved by Darcell Griffith, interim chief human resources officer