I would like to start out by wishing you and your family members all a happy holiday season.
As we approach the end of the year and open enrollment, I would like to remind everyone that this is the time to make any changes to Health/Dental/Vision benefits. All changes must be submitted to Omri prior to 12/28/2018 in order to make the deadline and to ensure timely processing. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns you would like to address regarding benefits.
In addition, I have received quite a few questions regarding UNUM. I have already been in contact with them and we will be holding an open enrollment for changes around February. I will provide more details in January when all is set.
Finally, I would like to notify you all that this year our health insurance premiums did rise sharply. After careful deliberation and discussions with the ownership, they have decided that EAS will cover the entire increase in 2019. I personally would like to inform you that they have repeatedly done so since I have been in this position. All employee contributions have not increased since 2014.
As you are aware the Health Insurance market has been very tumultuous due to legislation. I am extremely thankful to the owners for continuously covering all the premium increases. EAS employees today contribute the exact same amount towards their benefits as they did in 2014 despite the exploding cost of providing these benefits to you.