Open Enrollment 2016

Open Enrollment ended at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

You can view all official Open Enrollment information at http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/oe.  

Preliminary information, including medical plan rates, can be found at:

http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/2015/10/are-you-covered-open-enrollment-is-time-to-look-at-benefits,-consider-any-changes.html               

All changes made during Open Enrollment must be requested and confirmed using At Your Service Online:  http://atyourserviceonline.ucop.edu.

If you do not receive a confirmation number, your request will not be processed.

Open Enrollment changes will be effective on January 1, 2016.

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ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE DURING OPEN ENROLLMENT

  • Enroll in or opt-out of UC-sponsored medical, dental, and/or vision plans
  • Transfer to a different medical or dental plan
  • Add eligible family members to your medical, dental, and/or vision plans
  • Opt in or out of TIP (Tax savings on Insurance Premiums) – enrollment is automatic unless you previously opted out
  • Enroll or re-enroll in the Flexible Spending Accounts:  Health FSA and/or Dependent Care FSA.  These are the only plans that require positive re-enrollment; participation does not carry over automatically into the next year. 
  • Please note:  If you are enrolling in the Blue Shield Health Savings PPO Medical Plan, you may not enroll in the Health Flexible Spending Account for 2016.

If you are satisfied with your current enrollments, there is nothing you need to do – your current plans will continue into 2016 (with the exception of the FSA plans as stated above).

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HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2016

MEDICAL

  • No new medical plans or major medical plan changes for 2015.  Minimal rate increases.

DENTAL

  • No plan changes
  • Premiums still fully paid by UC

 

VISION

  • No plan changes
  • Premium still fully paid by UC

LEGAL

  • ARAG Legal will be open for new enrollments this year.
  • Enhanced Identity Theft benefit.
  • No rate changes.

HEALTH FSA (FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT)

  • If you enroll for 2016, the “grace period” to incur expenses, which would normally be allowed from January 1, 2017 – March 15, 2017, has been eliminated.  In its place, enrollees will now be allowed to carry over $500 of unspent dollars to the following tax year.  Any balances over and above the $500 carryover amount must be spent prior to December 31, 2016.
  • If you were enrolled in this plan for 2015, and you wish to continue participation, you MUST re-enroll during Open Enrollment. You may also enroll for the first time during Open Enrollment.
  • You may not participate in this plan if you enroll in the Blue Shield Health Savings medical plan.

DEPENDENT CARE (DepCare) FSA

  • No plan changes
  • If you enroll for 2016, there will still be a “grace period” from January 1, 2017 – March 15, 2017, in which you can incur expenses against your 2016 contributions.  There will be no carryover provision for this plan.
  • If you were enrolled in this plan for 2015, and you wish to continue participation, you MUST re-enroll during Open Enrollment. You may also enroll for the first time during Open Enrollment.
  • Please remember that this plan is primarily designed for child care for children who will be under the age of 13 during 2016, are your tax dependents, and are in your custody.  It is not an account  for health care expenses for dependents.

SUPPLEMENTAL DISABILITY AND SUPPLEMENTAL LIFE INSURANCE

  • There is rarely an Open Enrollment period for enrolling in Supplemental Disability and/or Supplemental Life Insurance, increasing the amount of Supplemental Life Insurance,  or decreasing the Waiting Period for Supplemental Disability.  This can be done at any time during the year, by completing a Statement of Health and receiving carrier approval.  It is not an Open Enrollment action.

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Additional Open Enrollment details can be found on the UCnet website:  http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/oe (beginning October 26).

If you are satisfied with your current enrollments and do not wish to make any changes, there is nothing you need to do – your current plans will continue into 2016.  The two exceptions are the Flexible Spending Accounts: DepCare FSA and Health FSA – these require positive enrollment (or re-enrollment) if you wish to participate for calendar/tax year 2016.

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Remember:  Open Enrollment starts at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 29, and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

If you have questions regarding Open Enrollment that you are unable to answer using the resources provided in this section, please contact the Davis Campus Employee Benefits Office at (530) 752-1774 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.