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Benefits News: 2014 Open Enrollment: Monday, November 4 to Friday, November 22

Sep 27 2013

The 2014 annual Benefits Open Enrollment period for faculty and staff runs from Monday, November 4, 2013, through Friday, November, 22, 2013.

Benefits Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity for all eligible Columbia University employees to enroll in or make changes to your benefits for the coming calendar year. Columbia Benefits will mail detailed information about 2014 healthcare, dental, and other programs to your home in October, in advance of Open Enrollment.

2014 Guides to What's New for Open Enrollment are now available online, both as reader-friendly "flip books" and printable PDFs. Columbia Benefits will also mail these materials to your homes in late October. 

Columbia Benefits will offer a series of Benefits Expos and Health Screenings where employees can talk one-on-one with representatives from the Benefits department and the Office of Work/Life, as well as representatives from the healthcare, retirement and other plans.

Benefits Expos and Free of Charge Health Screenings
for Eligible Officers and Support Staff
Alfred Lerner Hall
Roone Arledge Auditorium
2920 Broadway (at 115th Street)
New York, NY 10027

Wednesday, November 6
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 14
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Preventive Health Screenings:
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on both dates

Armand Hammer Health Sciences Center
Teaching and Learning Center (lower level)
701 West 168th Street (at Ft. Washington Ave.)
New York, NY 10032

Thursday, November 7
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday , November 13
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Preventive Health Screenings:
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on both dates

Location: Lower Level Room 112

Preventive Health Screenings

One of the simplest but most important early steps is to increase your health awareness by “Knowing Your Numbers.” Everyone should know their numbers for blood pressure, glucose, and “good” and “bad” cholesterol.

Fortunately, you can learn these personal numbers by taking advantage of preventive health screenings offered at no charge to you by Columbia University during this year’s Benefits Expos

Here’s what you can expect from a preventive health screening:

  • Convenience: Benefits Expos at CUMC and Morningside.
  • Immediate results: Results within ten minutes.
  • Painless: Just a finger-stick blood test.
  • Personal support: Certified health professionals will help you understand your results. They will give you a printed record to share with your personal physician.
  • 100% confidential: 
  • Free: Provided by the University at no cost to you.


Fasting is encouraged, but not required for the preventive screening. However, I recommend that you fast before your appointment – 8 hours without food and beverages other than water – because the fasting version of the blood test will give you more robust results and you will receive the additional values of LDL Cholesterol and total Triglycerides. For the fasting blood test, you will need to pre-register online at: http://register.wellness-inc.com and enter a registration key, CUMC: Co-92887-3 or Morningside: Co-92883-3.


Benefits Information Sessions for Officers

For an overview of 2014 benefits, please see the Guide to What's New for Open Enrollment 2014: Officers (PDF).

Aetna HDHP: We are pleased to host a special online informational presentation from Aetna on the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) and Health Savings Account (HSA) for Officers. You may also view this presentation as a PDF.

General Benefits Information: To help you make informed decisions about your 2014 benefits, Columbia Benefits hosts a number of helpful Information Sessions for Officers.

These information sessions are open to all benefits-eligible Officers, and there is no need to register.

Monday, October 14, 2013:
Morningside - Uris Hall, Room 301
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 17, 2013:
CUMC - Hammer Health Sciences Center, Lower Level 203
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Monday, October 21, 2013:
Studebaker Room 469
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 24, 2013:
CUMC – Hammer Health Sciences Center, Room 401
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 31, 2013:
Morningside – Uris Hall, Room 301
2:00 – 3:00 p.m

Monday, November 4, 2013:
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory – Monell Auditorium
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Other Resources

The CU Benefits team provides a number of online tools and resources.

A NEW Mobile Contact List is available this fall and allows you to access contact information for all Columbia benefit plan providers directly from your mobile device. The mobile-friendly list works on your mobile device or desktop computer.

Once you visit the Mobile Contact List website, simply bookmark it to have the phone numbers and websites you need for your Columbia benefits at your fingertips.

If you have any questions about your benefits and choices, you can call the Columbia Benefits Service Center at 212-851-7000, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or email hrbenefits@columbia.edu.