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. Action must be taken by Monday, Oct. 31, by all benefit-eligible employees 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. 

“We ask that employees set aside time to take action well in advance of the Oct. 31 deadline,” said Heather Mercer, associate director of benefits. “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 2023, which includes electing participation in the Health Engagement Model. Second, those electing to participate in the model must complete a health assessment.

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

Few plan were made changes for 2023, Mercer said. A summary of plan changes is available on the human resources website.

Help sessions will be held throughout October. Employees may drop-in to a session to ask questions or get assistance from a benefits team member. No appointment required. Visit the HR website for dates, times and location.

Benefit-eligible employees also are invited to the benefits fair on Oct. 18, which will be held in-person this year on the Eugene campus. Employees can stop by the Crater Lake Room in the Erb Memorial Union anytime between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Mercer emphasized the importance of taking action sooner rather than later. 

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

Contact the benefits office for open enrollment questions and assistance.