Welcome to the Employee Benefits Center!
OTC Covid Testing Update
The Federal Government's website for Americans to order at-home rapid Covid-19 testing kits is currently active. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.
The website to order your free kits is as follows: https://www.covid.gov/tests/
In addition, the Federal Government issued a public notice requiring commercial health plans to cover up to 8 (eight) over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 tests per month per covered individual for diagnostic purposes starting January 15, 2022. This requirement will continue through the Coronavirus public health emergency period, which we anticipate will be extended to January 11, 2023.
For answers to frequently asked questions concerning COVID-19 over-the-counter tests, please review the linked Cigna flyer below.
If you have additional questions or concerns that are not addressed in the linked flyer, please contact Cigna directly either by telephone (1-800-244-6224) or by visiting myCigna.com.
For more information, please see Cigna's Over-the-Counter COVID-10 Testing Coverage Update Flyer
|Meeting||Registration Information||Learning Objectives and Resources|
|Benefit Orientations Meeting - Every Monday, from 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM (Excluding Holidays, where the meeting will be moved to the next business day)||Register for our Monday webinars by clicking here||Learn all about the different benefits you are eligible for, such as medical, dental, vision, retirement and the tuition waiver benefits!|
|Cigna's EAP Wellness Webinars||Register and view live and recorded EAP webinars here.||Cigna offers webinars over mental health, budgeting, finance, and management!|
|TIAA Financial Advice Webinars||To register and view TIAA's upcoming webinars, click here.|
Topics include Planning for College, Managing Income and Debt, Social Security Basics, Staying on Track, Quarterly Economic and Market Updates, and the Power of Saving.
|Trestle Tree Wellness Webinars||View upcoming TrestleTree webinars on our wellness site.||TrestleTree offers a wide variety of topics, including mental health, stress management, exercise and more!|
UMS Operational Service Values :
1. RESPECT & CARE, 2. INTEGRITY, 3. EQUITY & FAIRNESS, 4. RESPONSIVENESS
The Employee Benefits Center (EBC) of the University of Maine System provides its stakeholders – UMS employees, their families, and university human resource offices – with superior customer service, information and enrollment support to ensure that employees obtain the highest value from their benefit programs. The EBC provides services to all employees of the University of Maine System by promptly, accurately and efficiently meeting the benefits needs of employees and their families in a consistent and cost-effective manner.
Be EMPATHETIC and HELPFUL
UNDERSTAND the question or concern
Provide ACCURATE information
Be PROMPT in response
Feedback- How are we doing?
∞ We will maintain the highest levels of compliance, confidentiality and information security.
∞ We will work collaboratively with campus staff and/or vendors as appropriate, to satisfactorily resolve employee benefits issues in accordance with applicable regulations, contracts and policies.
∞ We will practice active and empathetic listening.
∞ We will be knowledgeable and will provide accurate, timely and easy-to-understand information.
Employee benefit packages include a wide range of benefits, including but not limited to:
403(b) & 457(b) Retirement Plans
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
Looking for one of our vendors?
|Northeast Delta Dental (Dental)||1-800-832-5700|
|Amplifon (Hearing aids)||1-888-857-0907|
|EBPA (FSA Accounts)||1-888-678-3457|
|The Standard (Life, disability and AD&D)||1-800-378-4668|
|Farmers (Home & Auto Insurance)||1-855-498-3697|
|Nationwide (Pet Insurance)||1-877-738-7874|
|TIAA (Retirement Accounts)||1-800-842-2776|
|Trestle Tree (Health Coachings)||1-855-580-2797|
|Unum (Supplemental Insurance)||1-877-702-3604|
Meet the team!
|Karla Varnum - Manager of the Employee Benefits Center||Phone: 207/973-3373|
|Fred Meserve - Employee Benefits and Wellness Manager|
|Ann Remick - Benefits Specialist|
Tammie Perez - Benefits Specialist
|Kristin Hurd - Operations Specialist||Phone: 207/973-3373|
|Zachary Breton - Operations Specialist||Phone: 207/973-3373|