What You Need to Know
The fall benefits Open Enrollment period is scheduled for Monday, October 15 through Friday, November 2, 2018 6:00 p.m. ET.
The Open Enrollment period is the only time of the year when benefits-eligible employees can elect to enroll, change, add, or drop coverage and/or dependents from their benefits plans, unless you experience a Qualified Status Change (QSC). The Division of State Group Insurance (DSGI) provides an Open Enrollment period each year to give all enrollees an opportunity to review available benefit plans and make changes for the following year. Open Enrollment usually takes place during the Fall of the year and coverage elected is effective January 1 of the following year.
What is new for 2019?
The Division of State Group Insurance (DSGI) has three ways to save with new benefit options to shop for health care services, earn tax free financial rewards, and reduce out of pocket health care costs. These new benefits are designed to save the state money and allow employees to share in those savings through the Shared Savings Program.
- HealthCare Bluebook offers an online transparency portal that allows members to shop for health services based on cost and quality and earn financial rewards.
- SurgeryPlus provides bundled surgical services with concierge-level support. By taking advantage of this benefit, members can earn financial rewards.
- Chard Snyder now offers a health reimbursement account. This new account is one of the options members can choose to receive any reward payments they’ve earned using Healthcare Bluebook or SurgeryPlus.
- CVS Caremark offers an online transparency tool to allow employees to see the cost of their prescription drugs, find out about generic options, and get the best value for their medications.
- Securian is now Securian Financial.
- During Open Enrollment, Securian Financial will be offering employees the ability to elect optional life insurance coverage at two times their annual salary, without providing evidence of insurability, up to the maximum limit of five times their salary or $500,000. This offer extends to all employees, even those who have been denied optional life in the past as a result of medical history.
- For 2019, the health savings account (HSA) contribution maximum for employees enrolled in single coverage has increased to $3,500, and the family coverage HSA contribution has increased to $7,000, including the state’s contribution.
- The Division of State Group Insurance (DSGI) is launching a second year of the Weight Management Pilot for eligible members of the Aetna, AvMed, Florida Blue, and United Healthcare plans. The pilot application period is open from October 8 through November 16, 2018.
What can you do to get ready?
- Research benefits options by visiting the State of Florida myBenefits Open Enrollment website and by contacting the insurance companies directly if you have specific questions about coverage, network access and other benefits.
- Watch for state Open Enrollment packets to arrive from People First by mid-October. Make sure to review your personalized benefits statement carefully.
- Attend the Benefits Fair on Wednesday, October 24 in the Student Union Pegasus Ballroom from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Note: If you do not make any changes during Open Enrollment, the benefits shown on your Benefit Statement received from People First will remain in effect for all of 2019, unless you make changes allowed by a QSC event.
Open Enrollment Information Sessions
The Human Resources Benefits Section will host Open Enrollment Information sessions to provide an overview of the open enrollment process as well as benefit changes for the upcoming 2019 plan year:
- Wednesday, October 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Student Union Key West Room 218C
- Friday, October 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Student Union Garden Key Room 221
- Tuesday, October 16 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Human Resources Training Room *To view live webcast, click here.
- *Spanish Session: Wednesday, October 17 from 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Recreation Wellness Center Classroom
UCF employees may register via myUCF for one of the Open Enrollment Information sessions (no enrollment is required for the Spanish session scheduled for 10/17) by following these steps:
myUCF > Employee Self Service > Learning and Development > Request Training Enrollment > Search by Course Number > BEN001
*To listen to the recorded Open Enrollment Information Session presentation, click here.
UCF’s annual Benefits Fair, which features UCF’s benefits and retirement vendors, will be held on Wednesday, October 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Student Union Pegasus Ballroom.
The Benefits Fair is an opportunity for employees to meet with the representatives from the various plan providers and ask questions before making benefits changes for the following year.
- An annual parking permit will be raffled off in addition to other prizes!
- Free chair massages & Much More!
For a list of participating vendors, click here.
For a printable Benefits Fair flyer, click here.
The UCF Human Resources Benefits Section offers an enrollment lab to assist employees in completing their insurance enrollments. During these one-on-one sessions, key features of the benefits plans can be compared and issues can be addressed, which need to be considered when making election decisions.
The sessions are available by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call or email the Human Resources Benefits section:
Call: (407) 823-2771
Information for OPS Employees
OPS employees who worked an average of 30 hours or more per week from 10/3/17 to 10/2/18 will be offered an opportunity to participate in the Annual Open Enrollment (OE) period. Employees determined eligible by People First will receive a communication prior to OE which provides information on plan details, cost, and instructions on how to enroll. New elections or changes made to existing benefits during this period will take effect beginning January 1, 2019.
OPS employees determined ineligible (worked less than 30 hrs/week when measured from 10/3/17 to 10/2/18), will not be able to participate in the OE period. If measured ineligible, but currently enrolled in benefits, coverage(s) will terminate at the end of the calendar year. A packet will be sent by People First regarding options to continue insurance under COBRA which would begin on January 1, 2019, once active coverage has ended.
If you have additional questions about OPS eligibility, please contact People First at (866)-663-4735.