Open enrollment under way

Explanatory sessions set for next week; deadline to choose is May 27
By Staff

Open enrollment (OE) for the 2011-12 Plan Year began Monday, May 2, and continues through 5 p.m. Friday, May 27. Final rates, plan changes, plan comparisons, defaults should you choose to not take action, an OE calendar and instructions on how to enroll all are available on the OE website,

Online enrollment will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 11.

Payroll and Benefit Services (PBS) will be conducting OE Sessions during the week of May 9 on each campus to help explain plans, plan changes and how to enroll, provide important reminders and answer questions. Representatives from the university's and state's medical, dental, life, disability and cafeteria plans will be available to meet with faculty and staff as well.

Important Reminders:

  • If you are classified staff currently enrolled in a state medical or dental plan, you MUST take action during open enrollment or you will not have coverage on July 1, 2011.
  • If you are adding new dependents for coverage effective July 1, 2011, you must verify their eligibility with PBS during the open enrollment period and have required documents submitted by 5 p.m. May 27. There is no guarantee of dependent coverage if required documents are not received by the due date.
  • You must re-enroll and actively elect your annual contributions for Health Care and Dependent Care flexible spending accounts each year at open enrollment.
  • Be sure to know what happens if you choose to take no action during open

PBS encourages you to go to and attend an OE Session to help ensure you make an educated decision during open enrollment.

If you have questions or concerns, contact a benefits counselor at