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Enrollment Instructions

Notify the MU Extension Plan Administrator, Tamra Robbins, 209A Whitten Hall, Columbia, MO  65211, by phone at 573-882-7755, or by fax 573-882-2595  as soon as possible when:

  • A new secretary is employed
  • A secretary leaves employment
  • A secretary's regular weekly work hours increases to 30 or more, or decreases to less than 30 hours per week, thus changing benefit eligibility status
  • A secretary takes a leave of absence without pay.

Plan Enrollment

  1. Contact MU Extension Plan Administrator to initiate new employee benefit enrollment process.
  2. Review retirement and health plan descriptions.

Health Care

Counties should contact the health care provider (for employer-provided health insurance) of their choice for complete benefit information.  Prior to January 1, 2011, only counties enrolled with Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan (MCHCP) were eligible to receive an Extension subsidy for medical insurance.

The MU Extension subsidy applies only to health coverage. Dental and vision premiums are the county and/or employee's responsibility. 

If coverage changes occur during the year, the health care provider should be notified as soon as possible about the coverage change. 

MCHCP Information

  1. Counties with existing MCHCP account, call 1-800-487-0771. An MCHCP representative will provide information on the plans available in your area and review the benefit summary.  Provider directories can be found online at
  2. Counties without an existing account, call 1-800-701-8881 to learn if MCHCP is accepting new business (writing new plans). If MCHCP is accepting new business, it is preferred that the MCHCP Application for Participation be submitted at least 30 days prior to the effective date of coverage for new accounts. However, it is recommended that a 60 day time frame be allowed for the entire enrollment process.
  3. Enrollment forms should be submitted to MCHCP. Forms received in MCHCP's office prior to the 14th day of the month may be effective on the Public Entity's next bill.  Forms received after the 14th day of the month will take longer to process.  It may take several months before changes are reflected on MCHCP invoices.  Initial invoices may include costs for several months of coverage.
  4. An MCHCP "Enroll/Cancel/Waive/Change" form should be submitted to MCHCP as soon as possible, when a change occurs.  The MU Extension Plan Administrator should also be notified at the same time about the coverage change.
  5. Health plan providers will send identification cards within 2 - 4 weeks of enrollment.  Enrollees will also receive an MCHCPid and PIN.  Use these numbers when corresponding with MCHCP.  Check out the available information on MCHCP's website at, and view your personal information through myMCHCP.


  1. Contact MU Extension Plan Administrator to initiate new employee paperwork and to receive a packet containing the retirement enrollment information and forms.
  2. The following forms should be completed and sent to the plan administrator:
  • Participation Agreement. The Nationwide Retirement Solutions agreement must be completed before plan contributions can begin.
  • New Secretary Verification Form.
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