Open Enrollment begins Monday

Information sessions, Carrier Fairs promise health care guidance
By Staff

Open Enrollment 2013-14University of Colorado benefits-eligible employees and retirees may make changes to benefits plans beginning at 8 a.m. Monday and continuing until 5 p.m. May 24.

To help guide the process, Employee Services will conduct Open Enrollment Sessions on each campus to give an overview of plans, detail changes, explain enrollment and answer questions. The schedule:

  • May 9: Spanish and Laotian sessions will run 9-10 a.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m., CU-Boulder, UMC Rooms 382, 384 and 386.
  • May 13: CU Denver, 1250 14th St., Suite 150
  • May 14: UCCS, University Center, Theatre 302
  • May 15: System offices, 1800 Grant St., room 441, fourth floor
  • May 16: CU-Boulder, UMC, Glenn Miller Ballroom
  • May 17: CU Anschutz Medical Campus, ED2 South 2206

Carrier Fairs will be held at each site from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the same days as Open Enrollment sessions. At the fairs, plan representatives from Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Kaiser Permanente, Delta Dental and others will be on hand to answer questions about their plans and services.

For a full schedule and carrier fair details, visit


  • Make your selections: The 2013-14 OE is an active enrollment for all benefits-eligible employees and retirees. If you take no action, you will be automatically enrolled into your current plan elections, except for Flexible Spending, which you must choose each year.
  • Set your flexible spending: You must re-enroll and actively elect annual contributions for Health Care and Dependent Care flexible spending accounts each year at open enrollment.
  • Choose your doctor: This year, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield will replace Cigna as the university’s Administrative Services Organization. Due to this change, all CU Health Plan members in the Exclusive or Access Network plan must select a primary care physician or one will be automatically assigned, based on ZIP code.
  • Dependents: Dependents only need to be verified once; they remain in the system every year.

What’s new?

  • No rate increase: Final rates and plan descriptions will be available Monday. The good news: There will be no increase in premiums this year.
  • Dental coverage unbundled: Starting this year, medical and dental insurance can be elected separately.
  • Vision plan added: The CU Health Plan will now offer voluntary vision coverage through Blue View Vision, which includes routine eye exams, eye glasses and contact lenses. The new plan is only available to active employees (benefits-eligible 50 percent or greater).
  • Hearing aids: Adult hearing aid coverage has been added to all plans, providing for a $3,500 maximum allowance every 60 months.


If you have questions, please call Employee Services at 303-860-4200 and select option 3.


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