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Nov. 1-30: WSU benefits open enrollment begins today — consider your options

Multi Ethnic People Holding The Word BenefitsPULLMAN, Wash. – The annual universitywide benefits open enrollment period begins today, Nov. 1, and runs through Nov.30 for employees enrolled on Public Employee Benefits. » More …

Mentoring greatly improves graduates’ admissions

Kay Brothers and students

Kay Brothers works with students in 2012.

PULLMAN, Wash. – WSU had a 100 percent dental school acceptance rate among applicants who had been mentored in the WSU Pre-Health and STEM Education (PHASE) office. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“We’ve never had 100 percent for dental before,” said Kay Brothers, director of pre-medical and pre-dental advising.

Among pre-pharmacy students mentored through PHASE, 27 students (87 percent) were accepted into pharmacy graduate schools; 23 pre-medical students mentored (79 percent) received offers from medical schools; and eight WSU pre-dental student (100 percent) were accepted into dental … » More …

Open enrollment for 2009 benefits runs Oct. 7-Nov. 30

WSU employees can change medical/dental plans, enroll eligible dependants, and enroll/re-enroll in the flexible spending and dependent care plans.

 

Information will be coming to all employees in the mail from the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) about plan options, benefit changes and how to make online changes to coverage.

 

Some benefit changes for 2009 include:

 

• Medical insurance premiums will increase an average of 7.9 percent; however, employees will continue to pay an average of 12 percent of the coverage for themselves and their families. For rate information, see ONLINE @ www.pebb.hca.wa.gov/by_rate.html.

 

• Flexible spending accounts (FSA) are … » More …

Benefits Fairhappening today

The WSU Pullman campus will be having its Benefits Fair today from noon until 3 p.m. on the second floor of the French Administration and Lighty buildings.

There are more than ten groups represented, ranging from Uniform Medical Plan to Washington State Dental to the Washington State Health Care Authority.

 

 

For more information on benefits and the organizations available, visit the Benefits Fair today.

 

 

Use health flex money until March 15

The 2006 flex spending account (FSA) plan year is coming to an end and you might have an outstanding balance in your medical savings account. Not to worry. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will allow you to spend money remaining in your medical flexible savings account until March 15.Reimbursements requested for 2006 medical and dental expenses must be mailed or faxed to Fringe Benefits Management Company (FBMC), the 2006 plan administrator, by March 31, 2007. Any 2006 contributions remaining in your account after all eligible expenses for the plan year and grace period have been reimbursed will be forfeited.More information about your 2006 account is … » More …

Grant expands dental services on McDonald’s Care Mobile

The Washington State University Intercollegiate College of Nursing has received a $28,937 grant from the Washington Dental Service Foundation to provide restorative dental care for children using the health care services of the Spokane Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. The grant, named the Spokane Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Cavity Fighter and Fixer, will expand upon the existing preventative dental services and create a platform to seek further funding for oral health. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, operated by the WSU Intercollegiate College of Nursing, has used the funding to purchase an ergonomically appropriate dental chair for the Care Mobile that will help with restorative dental treatment. … » More …