The latest work-life information at IU
No. 62
February 2014

University Human Resources
Informed Employee

Enhanced Vision Benefit

Beginning January 1, 2014, those enrolled in the IU PPO medical plans (HDHP, $900 Deductible, $500 Deductible), have an enhanced vision benefit administered by Anthem Blue View Vision. In-network providers include the IU School of Optometry Eye Care Centers at these locations:

Optometrists with the IU Department of Ophthalmology clinics in Indianapolis may also be in-network. Call 317-274-2020 for information.

Also included in the network are LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears, Target, 1-800 Contacts, and other independent eye care professionals.

Benefits include:

Note: Medical eye exams, such as for treatment of glaucoma or retinal detachment, remain a covered benefit under medical plans subject to the medical plan deductible and co-insurance.


Preventive Medical Services

All IU-sponsored medical plans cover a full array of preventive services to help in early disease detection and keeping immunizations up to date. Preventive services are covered 100 percent by the plan with no co-payment or deductible when in-network providers are used. Members should ask their primary care provider which tests are recommended based on age, gender, and medical history.

Covered preventive services are when there are no current symptoms or prior history of a diagnosed medical condition associated with the service. Such services may include:

For a detailed list of preventive services for those over and under age eighteen, see



2014 Holidays for Staff Employees

Staff employees (50% FTE or greater) receive the following nine paid holidays a year. Each holiday is considered to be eight hours for full-time Staff and is prorated by FTE for part-time Staff.
Holiday Date
New Year's Day Wednesday, January 1
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 20
Campus Holiday See below*
Memorial Day Monday, May 26
Independence Day Friday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 1
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 27
Friday after Thanksgiving Friday, November 28
Christmas Day Thursday, December 25
*Accrues on March 1 of each year. The Campus Holiday is either a “floating” holiday or a day designated by the president of the University or the chancellor of the campus. On campuses that treat the holiday as a floating holiday, Campus Holiday is available to use on or after March 1.


Emergency Medical Services

For a life-threatening emergency, go directly to the closest emergency room. Common reasons to seek emergency help include chest or abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, head injury, stroke, severe bleeding, or major trauma. Emergency rooms typically have long waits (the most severe patients are seen first) and cost more.

Two other services are available to assist 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

24-Hour Nurse Line

The 24-Hour Nurse Line is a resource for employees and family members who need guidance on health questions and concerns. Specially trained registered nurses will answer calls, assess the situation, and give the information and support needed to take the right action. This may entail going directly to the emergency room; using an urgent care facility; seeing a primary health care provider the next day; or applying home treatment. To contact the nurse line, call 888-279-5449.

Employee Assistance Program

The IU EAP (Employee Assistance Program) provides a telephone helpline available any time of the day or night to discuss issues such as depression, stress and anxiety, conflict in the workplace, and family and marital problems. If needed, appointments with a local EAP counselor can be arranged.

Getting IU EAP help starts with a call to 888-234-8327.

IU Mobile

IU Mobile makes the phone numbers for these services and others available in the Employee Service section of this app. iPhone and iPad users can download the app through iTunes; Android users can download the app from AppBrain.

All IU-sponsored health services are confidential and covered by the same state and federal privacy guidelines that physicians follow.


Tuition Benefit

Indiana University’s Tuition Benefit provides a subsidy toward the tuition costs associated with attending classes at IU. The plan is available to full-time Academic and Staff employees (75% or greater FTE) and former employees with IU Retiree Status.

Employees receive a subsidy up to a benefit dollar maximum per semester based on the resident rate at each campus and class standing (undergraduate, graduate, or professional). Spouses receive a similar benefit, but at a lower subsidy rate. The benefit for dependent children is 50% of the Indiana resident undergraduate rate up to completion of an undergraduate degree not to exceed 140 credit hours of benefit. Subsidy amounts, the online application form, and details about eligibility can be found at

The IRS allows universities to exclude undergraduate tuition subsidies from taxable income; however, tuition benefits for graduate level courses are subject to federal, state, county and FICA taxes unless the student is a graduate appointee engaged in teaching or research. The value of tuition benefits for graduate level courses is added to the employee’s taxable income.




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