According to a CIGNA news release, employees will be able to enter the company’s enrollment password-protected site on CIGNA.com either through a direct link from the employer’s site or by typing in the Internet address. Employees are then guided through the online enrollment application process as they view screens personalized with their own information.
When they’re done enrolling, employees hit the “submit” button to send the information electronically to CIGNA. There is no need to print and sign a form because electronic signatures are accepted with this service. Employees can use CIGNA’s online enrollment for initial and ongoing enrollments and to update life status or beneficiary designation changes to their life or accident plan, according to the company.
CIGNA said that employers are looking for methods such as online enrollment to save them time and resources in administering benefits – particularly with a sagging economy and higher health care costs. “Employers should view their company’s annual benefits enrollment process as a time to take advantage of all tools available to lighten their administrative burdens and ensure they can offer an enrollment process that satisfies employee needs,” said Jolene Sarr, life product manager for CIGNA Group Insurance, in a statement.
According to several recent studies, enrolling for benefits online is the first choice of most US employees. A CIGNA survey found that 51% of employees are interested in being able to enroll in their insurance programs over the Internet while at home. For more information, go to: http://www.cigna.com .