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Benefits enrollment fairs scheduled

The annual benefits open enrollment period at MIT will begin Monday, Nov. 14, and run through Friday, Dec. 2. Enrollment guides will be sent by e-mail only to active employees; early retirees will receive guides by regular mail.

Enrollment guides summarize each employee's current benefit coverage and include changes to benefits and rates for 2006. Guides also include instructions for making selections using Employee Self Service.

Employees who wish to maintain their current levels of coverage for next year do not need to do anything, unless they want to participate in a Flexible Spending Account, which requires re-enrollment each year.

To make changes or enroll in a Flexible Spending Account, go to Employee Self Service at and click on the Open Enrollment tab. The system is a secure web service that operates best with the Internet Explorer browser.

Early retirees (under age 65) will receive their enrollment guides by regular mail in early November. They will not need to do anything to maintain current coverage for 2006.

Employees are invited to attend one of the benefits fairs scheduled between Nov. 15 and 21 to meet representatives from the health plans, dental plan and life insurance plan. Benefits Office staff also will be on hand to answer questions.

The Benefits Office asks anyone who does not receive an enrollment guide by Nov. 15 to e-mail or call the campus Benefits Office at x3-5100. Lincoln Laboratory employees should contact the Lincoln Benefits Office at (781) 981-7055. Further information on 2006 Open Enrollment changes and MIT benefit plans can be found at

Open enrollment fairs will be held at the Student Center, Mezzanine Lounge on Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; at the Haystack Observatory, Conference Room A, on Nov. 17 from 10 to 11 a.m.; at Bates Library on Nov. 17 from 2 to 3 p.m.; and Lincoln Lab Auditorium on Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 9, 2005 (download PDF).

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