Benefits Mentor

Benefits Mentor is a decision support tool that allows users to compare U-M's health plans to choose which best suits your needs. The interactive tool analyzes information you list as important – such as cost, physician network and specific benefits – and factors in either your historical claims data or benchmark data to suggest a health plan for you.

Benefits Mentor was developed by Human Resources after faculty and staff requested more tools to help them make decisions about their benefits. It is accessible year-round to assist during Open Enrollment, and during situations that necessitate enrollment or change of benefits due to life events. Learn more by viewing the frequently asked questions about Benefits Mentor below.  

Using Benefits Mentor does not automatically enroll you in a health plan. If you want to change your benefits or enroll in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you must complete the traditional Open Enrollment process. If you do not want your benefits to change and do not want to enroll in an FSA, no action is needed. 

To use Benefits Mentor, go to Wolverine Access and enter “Benefits Mentor” in the search field.

The Benefits Mentor tool requires you to answer a few questions using information available in Wolverine Access. 

  • To answer the "What is the zip code for your current address on file?" question, go to:
    Wolverine Access -> Employee Self-Service -> Campus Personal Information -> Addresses -> Enter the zip code associated with the entry of Address Type = Current Local
  • To answer the "What is your 3-character benefit program code?" question, go to:
    Wolverine Access -> Employee Self-Service -> Benefits -> Display Benefit Plan Rates -> Health Plan Rates tab.
    This page shows the 2021 and 2022 rate information. Scroll down to the 2022 rate section. Above the heading "2022 Health Plan Rates," view "Next Year's Benefit Program." The code is the first three letters on that line, which will likely be FLX.
  • Depending on your benefit program, you might be asked to provide your medical plan salary amount. Use the navigation above. View the "Next Year's Medical Plan Salary" label. 

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