Open enrollment lets employees evaluate coverage

Oct. 17, 2011 12:05 p.m.

The annual benefits open enrollment period for the University's health and welfare plans will run from Monday, Oct. 17, through Friday, Nov. 18. Open enrollment offers faculty and staff an opportunity to review their current benefits and consider changes to their coverage that will become effective Jan. 1, 2012.

The open enrollment period, which in previous years ran through late October, now has been extended into mid-November to allow faculty and staff to coordinate enrollment more effectively with the open enrollment periods of their spouse or same-sex civil union or domestic partner.

After Nov. 18, employees will not be able to change their elections for 2012 unless they experience a qualifying event.

Open enrollment packets with information on plan changes, along with the new rates, were mailed to benefits-eligible faculty and staff at their homes on or about Oct. 13. Details also are available on the open enrollment website.

Expense accounts

Open enrollment is the time when employees can enroll or re-enroll in the expense account plans (Health Benefit Expense Account and/or Dependent Care Expense Account) for 2012. Faculty and staff must re-enroll if they want to participate in these plans in 2012.

Benefits Fairs

Benefits Fairs will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Lyman Spitzer Building at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Frist Campus Center multipurpose rooms. Representatives from the various health, welfare and retirement vendors will be available. Reservations are not required.


Those with questions regarding the University health plans may contact the human resources benefits team at 609-258-3302 or