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July, 2019


The Choice is Yours!

Open Enrollment  Launches this Month

By Christine Peterson


CUA’s Open Enrollment period launches on Nov. 3 and ends on Nov. 17. Human Resources is here to help you with your benefits choices.


The annual benefits fair is Nov. 1. If you are a CUA benefits-eligible faculty or staff member, don’t miss out on this very popular annual event. This year’s fair will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center, Great Rooms A and B. Stop by to pick up your Open Enrollment packet, visit with vendor representatives, enter for raffle prizes, participate in a wellness screening and indulge in a seated massage.


Each year, the annual benefits fair marks the start of the annual Open Enrollment period for employee benefit options. If you have not already attended a special health savings account (HSA) or regular Open Enrollment session, you may want to mark your calendar to attend one of the remaining regular Open Enrollment sessions scheduled for Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 320A.


The official start of the 2011 Open Enrollment period is Nov. 3. All benefits-eligible CUA faculty and staff must enroll, and enrollment choices must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 17. You can enroll any time (24/7) from any computer with Internet access during the defined enrollment period. As of Nov. 3, simply click on and you are on your way to enrolling for your 2011 benefit plans.


Remember, when using the online plan for enrollment for your 2011 benefits, you will need to use CUA + your CUA ID number for your user name (example:  CUA1234567) and your birth date (MM/DD/YYYY) as your password. If you need technical support to access the website, please contact the HR office at extension 5050. You may also contact the special benefits hotline at 202-299-CUA1 or 202-299-CUA2 with any Open Enrollment questions. If you do not have access to a computer or prefer to not enroll online, you may call the following number, identify yourself as a CUA employee and enroll by phone — 877-819-9413.


Here are key changes for our 2010 benefit plans:

  • UHC Choice Bronze, Silver and Gold Plans  —  Costly co-pays removed/competitive network deductibles added; increased benefits for mental health and substance abuse services.
  • UHC HSA Plan — CUA contribution to your HSA account: $200 for “employee only” and $400 for ”employee plus dependent(s)”; pre-tax automatic payroll deductions into your HSA account; adjustment to deductibles.
  • UHC Prescription Drug Plan (same for all medical plans) — Smoking cessation drugs now included.
  • Guardian Silver and Gold Dental Plans — As a clarification, dental plans allow for four cleanings (once every three months) per calendar year and two oral exams per calendar year.
  • Reliance Standard Supplemental Life Insurance — If you are already enrolled, you may be eligible for an additional $40,000 of coverage without proof of health status.  If your spouse or dependents are already enrolled, they may be eligible for additional amounts of coverage during 2011.
  • ARAG Legal Plan — See the new website at  Access code: 17022cua

And, here are additional key changes resulting from new health-care reform legislation:

  • Expanded Dependent Definition — Adult dependent children who are younger than age 26 are eligible to be enrolled for the upcoming plan year in CUA’s medical, dental and vision plans. They do not need to be full-time students.
  • Over-the-Counter Drugs — These will no longer be reimbursable under the FSA or HSA as of 12/31/2010 and beyond without a written prescription. 
  • Annual Limits — Lifetime limits on “essential health benefits” will no longer be permitted. The lifetime limit on the Gold Plan has been changed to unlimited.
  • Preventive Care — Services will be covered in-network at 100 percent. These services include annual wellness visits (adult/child), standard immunizations and age-appropriate screenings.
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse — Must be treated the same as medical/surgical benefits. Outpatient benefits will be subject to network co-pay, out-of-network deductible and coinsurance. Inpatient benefits will be paid the same as other medical/surgical hospital benefits and no separate annual limitations will apply. Primary care physician co-pay requirements will apply.

The CUA HR team is here to assist and guide you through your annual enrollment process. We look forward to serving you as you consider and make important decisions for 2011 and we look forward to continuing to serve you in the new year!

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Last Revised 28-Oct-10 11:00 AM.