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YNHHS rolls out compensation and benefits for 2018

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Changes in medical benefits equal employee savings

Yale New Haven Health announced details of its 2018 compensation and benefits program, which includes changes to medical benefits that will lower costs for selected office visits and medical procedures for YNHHS employees and their covered dependents.

“This compensation and benefits package includes significant enhancements based on employees’ feedback,” said Kevin A. Myatt, YNHHS senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “This past year we heard loud and clear from employees that it costs too much for medical services provided within our own health system.

“We are happy to announce that we have made major changes to our medical plan design. Employees and their covered dependents will no longer have deductibles and co-insurance applied to certain services within the health system.” 

The 2018 compensation program again rewards performance through merit-based pay increases, along with opportunities to earn additional compensation through YNHH’s PIP program and special achievement awards.

Benefits program highlights for 2018 include:

  • No increase to employee medical premiums!
  • No deductibles or co-insurance for services billed by YNHHS hospitals or satellites.
  • More affordable co-pays to replace deductible and co-insurance for services provided at YNHHS facilities, including lab services and X-rays with a $30 co-pay and no deductible (physicians fees not included - co-pays, deductibles and coinsurance will still apply).
  • Lower co-pays for tier 4 “specialty medications” from the YNHHS Outpatient Pharmacy Services/Apothecary.
  • New preferred primary care network. Employees and covered dependents using one of these physicians will have each office visit co-pay reduced by $10.
  • Elimination of the two-year lock-in on dental plan elections. Employees will be able to change dental plans each year during open enrollment.
  • In addition to the current Vision Plan, an enhanced option with a more customizable benefit.
  • Removal of full-time student requirement for dependent children over age 19 for dental and vision coverage. Dependent children can remain on YNHHS plans up to age 26 – just like the medical plan.
Compensation program highlights
  • Merit increases of up to 4 percent based on overall performance rating and pay zone. Employees at maximum pay may be eligible for a merit lump sum paid bi-weekly.
  • PIP (Performance Incentive Plan) - Eligible employees may receive up to 3 percent of salary for meeting hospital-wide performance goals.
  • Special achievement awards – Up to 2 percent of salary for specific accomplishments demonstrating extraordinary effort.
  • YNHHS values and Standards of Professional Behavior integrated into employee performance reviews.”

“To develop the compensation and benefits program, we balanced the needs of our staff with the environmental pressures we face as an employer,” Myatt said. “We are happy to be able to offer one of the best compensation and benefits packages among our peers, and we are committed to continually monitoring our programs and making changes to help our employees enhance their health and well-being.”

Open enrollment begins Oct. 30

Open enrollment for health and related benefits is Monday, Oct. 30 - Friday, Nov. 17 at 5 pm. Employees must visit to enroll. All benefits-related information, materials and forms will be available on the site. While all benefits enrollment will be online and paperless, the benefits summary booklet will be mailed to employee homes to use as a reference. 

For help with online enrollment, contact the HRConnect benefits service center, 844-543-2147, or

Benefits fairs scheduled

More information will be available at upcoming benefits fairs from the YNHHS Benefits Office, Anthem, Aetna, CVS Caremark, Delta Dental, Vision Service Plan, Mercer Voluntary Benefits and Fidelity Investments. Representatives from YNHHS’ Employee and Family Resources and livingwellCares programs, MDLIVE, Lifeline and other services will also be on hand.

Benefits fairs for YNHH, Health Services Corp. (HSC) and Grimes Center employees employees will be
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8 8:30 - 10 am, Hawley Lane, Trumbull, main kitchen, 3rd floor; 11 am - noon, Medical Center South, New Haven
  • Thursday, Nov. 9 7:30 am - 3:30 pm, 2nd floor atrium, York Street Campus
  • Friday, Nov. 10 10:30 am - 3:30 pm, cafeteria, Saint Raphael Campus