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Users can get information, change benefits on line

Benefits-eligible employees can now view (and in some cases change) their benefits choices using the web.

The benefits self-service application lets employees review their health, dental, life and flexible spending account (FSA) choices throughout the year, and also update their choices during the open enrollment period. New employees can use the same system to make their initial benefits choices. In addition, employees who are eligible to participate in the 401(k) plan can view their current 401(k) balances and make new investment choices using the Fidelity NetBenefits site.

The services may be accessed by going to the Benefits Office home page and clicking on "Benefits Self-Service." To ensure the privacy of transactions over the web, MIT certificates are required.

Both web services have a companion telephone system. The phone numbers are (888) 648-6806 for health and welfare information, and (877) MIT-SAVE (648-7283) for 401(k) balances and information.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 20, 1999.

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