Open enrollment for annual benefits is now underway

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It's that time of year again: Annual benefits open enrollment has begun. 

Employees can now complete the open enrollment process. All benefit-eligible employees must take action by Wednesday, Oct. 31, even if no changes are being made.

The benefits office maintains an open enrollment webpage to provide employees with instructions, information and quick links to everything needed to complete the process quickly. An open enrollment video is available to guide employees through the process and review options and changes for 2019.

“We ask that employees set aside time to take action well in advance of the Oct. 31 deadline,” said Cindi Peterson, benefits manager. “The benefits team is available to answer questions and provide assistance.” 

Open enrollment is completed in a two-step process. First, benefit-eligible employees elect enrollment in plans for 2019, which includes electing participation in the Health Engagement Model. Second, those currently participating in the model must complete a health assessment.

All new, current and returning benefit-eligible employees must take action for 2018 benefits to avoid penalties, which include higher plan deductibles and surcharges.

A few plan changes are in effect for 2019, Peterson said. A summary of plan changes is available on the human resources website.

Peterson emphasized the importance of acting sooner rather than later. 

“The benefits office will send reminders throughout open enrollment, but it is up to each individual to manage his or her benefit elections and take necessary action,” she said.

Contact the benefits office for open enrollment questions and assistance.