Category: Benefits

IMPORTANT – IRS Form 1095C Mailed to Employees

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers are required to offer affordable health coverage to employees classified as full-time under IRS regulations. This includes employees such as faculty, staff, students, and temporary employees. For 2016, Michigan Tech is required to report on all employees who received an offer of health insurance coverage for 2015 to the IRS. This includes the previously mentioned employees as well as retirees enrolled in Michigan Tech’s health insurance and offers of COBRA. Anyone who received an offer of coverage will be receiving an IRS form 1095C. The forms were mailed on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Please note that these forms are not required to file your 2015 taxes however, you should keep it with your 2015 tax records in case of an audit.


If you have any questions regarding your form 1095C, please contact Benefit Services at or 906-487-2517.


Reminder: Flexible Spending Account Claims Deadline

The deadline for employees to submit claims against the 2015 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is Thursday, March 31. Health care and dependent care claims during the 2015 calendar year are eligible. The claim form can be found at FSA claims.

All medical, dental and optical claims should be processed through your insurance plans before submitting them to your health care reimbursement account. Attach the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) or a claim summary from your insurance plan to the claim form when submitting a claim.

For expenses not processed through insurance, submit the itemized receipt. Over the counter medications require a prescription from a health care provider. Dependent care claims require an invoice or receipt from the provider.

For questions, contact Benefit Services at 7-2517 or


Nutritionist Wellness Initiative

Benefit Services invites you to participate in a new wellness initiative between Michigan Tech and Aspirus Keweenaw. This is an 8 week program that gives employees access to a registered dietician. The program includes:


  • One 60 minute initial individual consultation (in-person)
  • Two follow up phone calls during weeks 2 and 4
  • One final consultation during week 8 (in-person)


The program is divided into two groups Nutrition Basics and Nutrition Enhanced. Nutrition Basics is designed for employees interested in paying more attention to foods they eat or employees that need guidance on where to start. Nutrition Enhanced is designed for those who have already made changes to their eating habits but need additional support. Employees may choose the plan that best meets their needs. For additional program information, please visit the wellness website.


This is a pilot program for active, benefits eligible employees that will begin on March 14, 2016 and run through May 9, 2016. Space is limited to 15 employees in each group. You may register for the program here. Enrollment is based on a first-come first-served basis. Enrollment into the program will close at 8:00AM on Monday, February 29, 2016.


Please contact Benefit Services at 487-2517 or email if you have any questions.


Northstar EAP Newsletter

Check out Northstar EAP’s February Newsletter. In this edition, Northstar EAP offers employees tips on how to be “Happier Today”. They also offer a monthly challenge that we encourage you to try. As a reminder, Northstar EAP offers eligible faculty and staff, and their spouses and dependents, eight free counseling sessions per person.     February2016Newsletter

Holiday Stress

The holidays can be a very stressful time of year which can be taxing on our mental health. To try and alleviate some stress, our friends at Northstar EAP would like to remind us of our “Holiday Bill of Rights”. For example, “You have the right to say TIME OUT, anytime you need to” or “You have the right to DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY”. Check out your Holiday Bill of Rights and their tips for “24 Random Acts of Holiday Kindness”, and remember to have a Happand Relaxing Holiday Season!! 


Reminder – Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Incentive

Benefit eligible employees who have an annual physical and complete a Health Risk Assessment with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan by December 31, 2015 can earn one of the following incentives:

– $100 deposited into a health savings account
– $100 deposited into a flexible spending account
– $100 deposited into Techfit
– $200 deposited into a T2 account (funds can only be used at a Michigan Tech Facility)
To complete the Health Risk Assessment through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan:

1) Log in to your account at (You can easily register if you are not currently set up.)

2) Click “Health & Wellness” in the blue bar at the top of the page

3) Click “Take assessment now” to begin

Employees who have met the above requirements will be contacted to choose their incentive. Incentives will be awarded in March 2016.

Please contact Benefit Services at with any questions you may have.

Additional Flu Vaccine Clinic on November 17

UP Health System – Portage will hold another flu vaccine clinic on campus. The vaccine is administered by injection and is on a first-come, first-served basis; no appointment is necessary. The flu clinic will be from  4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17  in MUB Ballroom A1.

Employees, retirees, family members and students are welcome to attend one of the flu clinics.  Anyone under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated without parental permission. A spouse and/or child may attend without the employee. Read the full Tech Today Story, for rates and insurance information.

Benefits Open Enrollment begins today Nov. 9th, 2015

2016 Open Enrollment begins today and is open through Friday, November 27, 2015. Please visit the Open Enrollment website for updated benefits information as well as dates and times for benefit educational sessions.


If you want to continue your current elections in 2016, you do not need to take any action unless you have a health savings account or flexible spending account. Contributions to these accounts must be re-elected each year.


Please contact Benefit Services at 906-487-2517 or with any questions you may have.

MI CUPA-HR Conference

Michigan Tech Hosts Conference in Mackinaw City


The 2015 Michigan College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (MI CUPA-HR) Conference was hosted by Michigan Technological University September 17-18 in Mackinaw City, MI.


This year’s theme People, Process, and Performance:  Bridging the Gap brought together nearly 100 Human Resources professional from 17 different Michigan colleges and universities to share their expertise and energy.   Conference participants attended sessions covering a wide array of topics including Employee Engagement, Wellness Initiatives and the Future, Proposed FLSA Regulations, Conflict Resolution, and Negotiating in Today’s World.  Of particular interest was a session presented by Michigan Tech’s Kerri Sleeman, Executive Director, Facilities Management and assisted by Heidi Reid, Employment Services Representative, Human Resources, titled “Digital Negotiations and the HR Impact”.


They were also motivated by keynote speaker, Ken Trazska – President of Seward County Community College/Area Technical College in Kansas, who spoke on creating an inspiring, connected, and respected HR Culture.  Networking opportunities were abundant throughout the conference including a breathtaking Sunset Boat Cruise.


Flu Vaccine Clinics Announced

Portage Health will offer four flu vaccine clinics on campus this fall. The vaccine is by injection at a cost of $30 payable at the time of service. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Shots will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis; no appointment is necessary.

Employees, retirees, family members and students are welcome to attend one of the flu clinics. Anyone under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated without parental permission. A spouse and/or child may attend without the employee.

Be prepared to show a picture ID and insurance card. If you are insured by Michigan Tech’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) health plan, your vaccine is free of charge and will be billed to insurance if you present your BCBSM member ID card at the time of service. This does not include retirees that have Blue Cross insurance through MPSERS. Students with Michigan Tech’s United Health Care (UHC) student health plan can also have their vaccine billed to insurance with their UHC member ID card.

The flu clinics are as follows:

Wednesday, October 21 during the Health Fair from noon to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Isle Royale Ballroom.

The will also be three additional clinics held in the Memorial Union Building:

  • Wednesday, October 28 from 4-7 pm in MUB Ballroom A1
  • FridayOctober 30 from 10am-1pm  in MUB Ballroom B
  • Tuesday, November 3 from 4-7 pm in MUB Ballroom B