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March 2011

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CSU Voluntary Benefits Programs

Effective May 1, 2011, the CSU is introducing new Voluntary Benefit Programs and plans. A summary is provided below:

Group Critical Illness

Offered by Aflac. Provides a lump-sum benefit payment to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses and costs associated with life changes following diagnosis of a covered critical illness.

MetLaw Legal Plan

Offered by Hyatt Legal Plans, a subsidiary of MetLife. Covers representation for many personal legal services.

Voluntary Long Term Disability

Offered by The Standard. Provides loss of income protection due to a qualified disability.

Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)

Offered by The Standard. Pays a benefit to employee, or selected beneficiary, in the event of death due to an accident, or dismemberment.

A special feature of the open enrollment is that employees also can enroll/increase Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance coverage, through The Standard, up to $100K. Certain restrictions apply.

Open Enrollment Period and Fair

Benefits Services will host a Voluntary Benefits Open Enrollment Fair on March 16, 2011, 9-11 a.m., 3rd Floor of Brotman Hall. Representatives from the companies will be available to answer questions and assist with enrollment. Open enrollment is 3/1-31/11.

Sanders And Associates Voluntary Plans Terminating

Due to implementation of the new voluntary Benefit Programs, the CSU will no longer offer voluntary benefits through Sanders and Associates. The final payroll deduction will be the April 1 pay warrant with coverage ending April 30, 2011.

Collecting Social Security Numbers for Benefits-covered Dependents

Effective September 2010, CalPERS Health Plan subscribers must provide the Social Security number (SSN) for all dependents upon enrollment, or change
of enrollment.

Federal regulations require CalPERS and our health plans to report the SSN of members and dependents for various purposes, such as coordination of federal and state benefits, and verifying eligibility for subsidies and reimbursements. Providing the SSN maximizes the federal funding available to help offset program costs. In addition, CalPERS uses the SSN to identify and verify eligibility, coordinate benefits among health plans, resolve member appeals, complaints and grievances with health plans and to identify and resolve dual or split coverage issues.

As required by law, Benefits Services will contact individually those employees who have covered dependents and have not supplied SSN. If you currently have covered dependents and have not provided their SSN, contact Benefits Services directly at X5-2381.

CalPERS Program Changes

Long Term Care Program

At this time the Long-Term Care Program is not accepting new applications.  Interested employees should continue to check the CalPERS website for information on future application periods.

Home Loan Program

As of December 2010, the CalPERS Board of Administration approved suspension of the CalPERS Member Home Loan Program and announced that they are not accepting new applications. Current participants will continue to be serviced.

Benefits Services, Brotman Hall 358, (562) 985-2381,