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Coming Very Soon: Annual Open Enrollment — Oct. 15–29

By Christine Sportes, associate vice president/chief human resources officer


Fall is not only the season that kicks off the new academic year, it is also the season that kicks off the annual CUA employee open enrollment process for benefit plan selections. As usual, there are some changes for the upcoming benefits plan year. The below information will help you navigate this year’s process.

At a time when many people are seeing a rise in insurance costs, we are delighted to announce that for the upcoming plan year, the current insurance premiums you pay will not increase, while the benefits you have enjoyed will remain the same. There will, however, be a change in the start date for the CUA benefit plan year. The new insurance plan year will begin on Dec. 1, 2013, rather than Jan. 1, 2014. As a result, our annual open enrollment will begin on Oct. 15 and end on Oct. 29. One reason for moving the date up by one month stems from the rises in health insurance taxes and other complexities associated with the Affordable Care Act. Moving up the plan year has a secondary benefit of allowing the University additional time to prepare for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the challenges it presents to insurers and employers, and to shape health care options for the future. CUA’s new benefit plan year start date will ensure a stable health insurance environment for the University and its employees, who can use the additional 11 months to observe the impact of the changes in the Affordable Care Act and better prepare for future plan years.

Because there will be no increases in the premiums employees pay or changes to the plan benefits, only the following benefit-eligible CUA employees will need to actively go through the online open enrollment process:

  • Those who want to change or add/drop their current benefit elections.
  • Those who want to add/drop eligible dependent(s) from their benefits.
  • Those who want to enroll or re-enroll for the Flexible Spending Accounts (medical or dependent care) for 2014.
  • Those who are eligible to contribute to the Health Savings Account (HSA) and who want to enroll or re-enroll for 2014.

If you do not want to make any changes to your current CUA employee benefit plans and you currently do not contribute (or do not want to enroll for 2014) to the Flexible Spending Account(s) or the HSA, you do not need to re-enroll during this year’s annual open enrollment period. You will be re-enrolled automatically for the same benefits for the new plan year (12/1/2013 through 11/30/2014).

Open Enrollment Events

Pre-Enrollment Information Meetings

Thursday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. — general sessions
Thursday, Oct. 10, at noon — HSA medical plan session
Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. — general sessions
All sessions will be held in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room A.

Open Enrollment Computer Lab

Need to enroll online and want assistance? Stop by the computer lab in Leahy Hall, Room 100 (Conference Room) Monday, Oct. 21, through Friday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Annual Benefits Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center Great Room. Free seated massages, raffles, and vendor displays; all faculty and staff are invited.

Health Care Reform Updates
Use the link below to learn more about New Health Insurance Market Place Coverage:
Marketplace Coverage Notification.

This information is also posted on the CUA Office of Human Resources website.