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A Word From Human Resources
Get Involved Controlling Health Care Costs

The new academic year provides an opportunity for eligible employees and retirees to make changes during the annual Benefits Open Enrollment period (Nov. 4-23). To date, Rensselaer continues to offer one of the best comprehensive benefits packages in the nation. Our benefits program supports the business goals of the Institute to attract and retain faculty and staff, and helps to financially protect our active employees and retirees during any period of illness or injury. Presently, the impact of the recession has made employee and retiree benefits more important than ever.

In the face of today’s current economic realities, which include escalating health care costs and an aging population, employers must balance the business costs and the benefit needs of their employees.

During the summer, the Division of Human Resources began a strategic overview of the benefits currently provided, as a way to develop a new approach that encourages employees and retirees to become more involved in efforts to improve their health.

Our strategic partnership is with the Capital District Physicians Health Plan (CDPHP), one of the highest rated health plans in the nation. In collaborating with CDPHP, the new benefit blueprint will require Rensselaer to strengthen, facilitate, and support our employees’ and retirees’ efforts by providing education and guidance about what is available through the health care program to help you better manage your health.

For example, program highlights include: access to more than 300 community-based programs; secure Web-based system for members to verify coverage, review claims history, and review quality resources; “Find-A-Doc” mobile app for iPhone, Blackberry, and Droid devices; and 24-hour access to personal health coaches.

In addition, as part of the new member incentives program called “Life Points,” which begins in January 2012, individuals who participate in a variety of healthy behaviors will earn points toward rewards at an assortment of national retailers.

To be eligible, members will need to take the Personal Health Assessment.

We feel that by encouraging Rensselaer employees to become more involved health care members, everyone will benefit. Rensselaer employees will be on the road to better health, and continue to build their financial security for today and tomorrow, and the Institute will be able to control the costs of the health care program. Our goal is to continue offering the same comprehensive and affordable health care program to Rensselaer faculty and staff — our most valuable resources.

Curtis Powell, SPHR
Vice President for Human Resources

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