Benefits Reenrollment News

10/29/2004

Contributed by Deborah Merriman

Great news! Your annual benefits reenrollment will be conducted on line via Parnassus. This means you can make your benefit elections from a home, office, or Ithaca College computer.

This year it will not be necessary to meet with a member of the benefits staff in order to make a change to your elections. However, should you have any questions regarding the Individual Choice Benefits or if you would like assistance with the on-line reenrollment process, the HR Training/Computer Lab will be open during the reenrollment period and staffed by HR personnel. A calendar of dates and times will be forthcoming. Benefits staff will also be available in the Emerson Suites during the Benefits Fair on November 9 to answer any questions.

You will be receiving your benefits reenrollment packet soon. It will contain information on the benefits available through the Individual Choice Program. It will also contain step-by-step instructions on how to conduct an on-line reenrollment. The benefits reenrollment period will be November 8-19. Changes will take effect January 1, 2005.

To help ensure a successful on-line reenrollment, it is very important that you do the following before the reenrollment period opens on November 8:

  1. Make sure you know your Parnassus user name and password and verify that they allow you to access Parnassus.

    If you plan on using an on-campus Windows XP computer (in an office or public lab) to access Parnassus, you must also have a Novell account (for Pulsar, Memphis or Nova). Using a Macintosh or accessing Parnassus from an off campus computer does not have this requirement. If you need assistance with gaining access, please contact the Help Desk at 274-3282 or via email helpdesk@ithaca.edu. If you need assistance with gaining access, please contact the Help Desk at 274-3282 or via email helpdesk@ithaca.edu
  2. Access Parnassus Benefits Self Service (BSS) and verify your current benefit elections, covered dependents and the individuals you have listed as contacts. You can access BSS as follows:
  3. Go to the ACE Main Page.
    Enter your user name and password
    Click on "IC Employee Self Service"
    Click on "Benefits"

    You will be updating your beneficiaries for employee life and accident insurance during the reenrollment period. Please ensure that anyone you wish to elect as a beneficiary for your life and accident insurance is listed as a contact. If the contact is not on your list, he or she cannot be designated as a beneficiary.

  4. Please contact the Benefits Department at 4-3245 or via e-mail at benefits@ithaca.edu if you need assistance with Benefits Self Service or with any missing information or contacts that need to be added.


Contributed by Cheryl Freer

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