Department of Human Resources

Good Fit Benefit Plan

PLU is pleased to provide you with Good Fit, the University’s comprehensive Employee Benefit Program that offers you a variety of employee benefit options. From medical care to retirement – with wellness ideas, time off benefits and continuing education opportunities in between – Good Fit was created because we understand that one size doesn’t fit all.

Update from Group Health

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Group Health’s HMO Network No Longer Coordinates Hospital Services with Virginia Mason. New Hospital Relationship with Swedish Health Services Effective February 1, 2016.

Impact to PLU Employees Enrolled on the Group Health Medical Plans

Virginia Mason recently sent out a letter to Group Health members that may have been met with confusion. This is the reason for our stated clarification.

If you are enrolled in the Access PPO Plan:

No impact.

  • Virginia Mason Hospital and Medical Clinics are contracted Preferred Providers in the Access PPO network.
  • If you see a Virginia Mason provider or go to a Virginia Mason Clinic you will continue to receive care and the benefit is paid at the preferred level.

If you are enrolled in the Essentials HMO Plan:

Prior to Feb 1, 2016:

  • GH HMO providers send GH Essentials subscribers and covered dependents in the Seattle area to Virginia Mason Hospital for inpatient hospitalization services only.

Effective Feb 1, 2016:

  • GH HMO providers send GH Essentials subscribers and covered dependents in the Seattle area to Swedish Health Services for hospitalization services only.

Virginia Mason Medical Clinics are NOT currently contracted under the GH Essentials plan so you would not be directed to these facilities for care by your Group Health Primary Care Provider.

In October, 2015 Group Health mailed out a letter to all members enrolled on the PLU Group Health Medical plans announcing the transition in their hospital contracting from Virginia Mason to Swedish Health Services. The completion date of this transition is February 1, 2016.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Group Health Customer Service at 888-901-4636 or our Benefits Broker, Albers & Company at 253-596-0604.

Benefits Consultants Working for You

If yAlbers & Co logoou have benefits or claims questions that you feel are not addressed appropriately through a carrier’s customer service department, give Albers a call. Retiring? Changing jobs? Need information about individual or Medicare policies? They can help there, too.

Albers & Company, INC., our employee benefits consultant, works under the direction of our Human Resources team and PLU’s Benefits Committee to negotiate benefit contracts, coordinate implementation, and assist employees with claims or service issues.

To connect with an Albers representative, call 253-272-2711 or 1-888-8ALBERS (825-2377) or send an email to askus@alberscompany.com. For more information, visit www.alberscompany.com.

Retirement Info at Your Fingertips

TIAA logoVisit the dedicated retirement plan website at http://www.tiaa-cref.org/tcm/plu/ to access your account, transfer funds and change allocations. You can also review plan information and investment performance, as well as access interactive retirement planning tools and calculators.

Track Your Benefits with the PLU POCKETPAL

The POCKETPAL is a smartphone benefits and communication app designed to put your benefits information in your hands, when you need it. For information on how to download, click here.

2016 Medical Plan Calculator Tool

Wondering which medical plan is right for you? Use the Medical Plan Calculator Tool to help make the best decision for you and your family. Click here.

Group Health Announces Agreement to be Acquired by Kaiser Permanente

December 4, 2015

Group Health has signed an agreement to be acquired by Kaiser Permanente, a nationally recognized health care leader. Kaiser shares Group Health’s values and the philosophy that focuses on their members’ total health. Together, they will be able to better service subscribers for years to come.

You can continue to rely on your outstanding physician and care teams. You can also expect upgraded facilities and equipment making it easier to provide even better care and services. By taking on this venture, the opportunities for all involved will be even better. It’s important for you to know that nothing is changing right away. Click here to read Group Health’s Press Release as well as a message from Group Health’s leaders and general FAQs.

EAP November Newsletter

eap newsletterIn this edition:

  • Are you Social Security savvy?
  • Read the Employee Handbook
  • Criticize Yourself (Constructively)
  • Holiday Stress-Relief Tips

Click here to read the full newsletter.