Open Enrollment 2018

Dear VU Employee:


Greetings and well wishes from Human Resources! I hope this letter finds you well. The purpose of this letter is to notify you Vincennes University’s Open Enrollment for the 2018 plan year will be held October 30, 2017 through November 10, 2017.

Vincennes University offers cost-effective, competitive, and comprehensive healthcare, and we pride ourselves in having been able to maintain consistent levels of employee contributions. However, nationally, healthcare costs have increased substantially over the years, and we anticipate those costs will continue to rise. As a result of this trend, there will be a minimal increase to the 2018 premiums. There will be no increase to deductibles, co-pays, out-of-pocket maximums, or prescription drug copays. The 2018 premiums for Retirees Under the Age of 65 are as follows:                           


                                   Medical                                     Bi-Weekly Rates

Active & Retiree<65

University (70%)

Employee (30%)






Employee Child(ren)




Employee Spouse




Employee Spouse Child(ren)






                                   Dental                                       Bi-Weekly Rates

Active & Retiree<65

University (70%)

Employee (30%)






Employee Child(ren)




Employee Spouse




Employee Spouse Child(ren)





Due to the success of the University Primary Care Clinic and a significant increase in the number of members utilizing its services, we are pleased to announce that effective November 17, 2017 we will be welcoming Kara Doyle N.P as the newest member of the UPCC (medical) staff. Kara will be joining Denah Perry N.P, Alan Stewart M.D, and the rest of the staff in providing exceptional health care for our VU families.

The VU Employee Wellness Program continues to thrive, and we have heard countless success stories! In addition to a variety of fitness opportunities including our personal fitness trainer, lunchtime yoga, and Zumba classes, we have added a water aerobics class and a weekly swim clinic. We continue to offer exclusively early hours at the REC Center for employees. 

The 2018 tobacco-user surcharge will remain $35 bi-weekly. All employees enrolled in VU’s healthcare plan must certify annually whether you and/or your spouse (if the spouse is covered by VU’s plan) use tobacco products or are tobacco-free. Please refer to the Instructions for Electronic Signature of Tobacco Affidavit for assistance with completing your Tobacco Affidavit. If you do not have access to a computer, you may complete a hard copy of the Affidavit. Please return the completed Affidavit to Vincennes University Human Resources by Friday, November 10, 2017. If the online certification is not completed, or the copy is not returned to us by the deadline, the surcharge will be automatically applied effective January 1, 2018 and will remain in place for the 2018 plan year. Please note: This is an ANNUAL certification.

Please review the above mentioned materials carefully, utilize the resources available to you, and submit your 2018 Tobacco Affidavit by the November 10, 2017 deadline. If you have any questions related to Open Enrollment or VU Benefits, or if you cannot attend the Benefits and Wellness Fair, please contact Chris Gardner, VU’s Benefits Coordinator, at 812-888-5847 or

I would like to thank each of you for your participation in and continued support of the Employee Wellness Program. Thank you for doing your part to ensure a healthier Vincennes University!



Regina McCord-Fithian

Director of Human Resources