Overview of Benefits at NMU

The Benefits area of Human Resources administers the benefits package for faculty and staff, retirees, and their families.  This includes assisting employees to make informed choices about their medical benefits, dental/vision benefits, retirement savings plans, flexible spending accounts, and the tuition scholarship program.  

Our office is located at 105 Cohodas Hall.


PAYER TRANSPARENCY FILES 

The below link to machine-readable files contains the following information about Northern Michigan University's group health plan: (1) In-network health provider rates for covered items and services; and (2) Out-of-network allowed amounts and billed charges for covered items and services.  These machine readable files are provided as required by the regulations issued by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Treasury, and the Affordable Care Act to ensure greater price transparency for group health plan participants and beneficiaries.  If you have questions about the University's group health plan, please contact Kristen Bjorne, Director of Benefits, at kportale@nmu.edu or (906) 227-1030.

The machine readable files can be located at: https://bcbsm.sapphiremrfhub.com/tocs/current/northern_michigan_university (the preferred browser may be Firefox)

NOTE: The files are extremely large and contain more records than most spreadsheet programs (such as Microsoft Excel) can handles, which could result in an incomplete loading of data.  Use of database or statistical software may likely be required. 

Summary of Benefits

The following links provide a summary of all benefits (e.g. paid holidays, annual leave, sick leave, etc.) for each employee group as stated below:

Benefit Plans

Northern Michigan University is pleased to be able to offer its employees a comprehensive benefits package. Our benefit plans include:

  • Medical with prescription coverage
  • Dental coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Flexible spending and health reimbursement accounts
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance

Retirement Plans

NMU offers its employees a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA-CREF. 

Benefits Staff

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Kristen Bjorne

Kristen Bjorne

Director of Benefits

kportale@nmu.edu 906-227-1030
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Kim Hongisto

Kimberly Hongisto

Benefits and Onboarding Specialist

khongist@nmu.edu 906-227-2470