The 2013 health open enrollment for the health/dental plans, the health-care and child-care flex spending plans, the Health Savings Account (HSA) and the Retirement Medical Savings Account (RMSA) will begin Monday, Nov. 12, and run through Sunday, Dec. 2.
This is the only time during the year that employees may enroll in the flex spending plans, HSA and RMSA, or alter health plans and coverage without a qualifying family status change.
Enrollments and changes to these plans made during the open enrollment period will be effective Jan. 1, 2013, for calendar year 2013. Dependents must be verified by employees during open enrollment to remain covered by health/dental or dental-only insurance for 2013.
During open enrollment, action must be taken to:
- Continue covering dependents enrolled in health and/or dental plans;
- Enroll in or change health plans or coverage level;
- Enroll or re-enroll in the health-care and/or child-care flex spending accounts;
- Enroll or re-enroll in the HSA; and
- Enroll in, change or cancel the RMSA.
During open enrollment, employees will be able to make their open enrollment changes and complete their dependent eligibility verification online through HRMS Employee Self Service. While online enrollment is preferred, paper enrollment will be available for employees who are unable to use the online option.
Employees must finalize their online enrollment or send in their open enrollment paperwork by the Dec. 2 deadline for enrollments and changes to take effect for 2013.
The Office of Human Resources has scheduled a number of one-hour open enrollment informational sessions from Nov. 5-15 at all four campuses to review the benefit plan changes that will be effective Jan. 1, 2013.
Two additional Health Plan Options sessions will cover the provisions of the university’s five health plans, the flexible spending plan and the HSA in more detail in an effort to help employees better understand their health-care choices.
“Employees attending these meetings will have the opportunity to ask questions and to receive further explanation from members of the Human Resources team about these benefit plans to make the best decision for themselves and their families in relation to their health care coverage,” says Margo Jarrell, assistant vice chancellor for human resources.
The schedule of these employee meetings is listed below and also will be included in the open enrollment brochure that will be sent to campus boxes in late October.
By Nov. 1, employees will be able to view a webinar containing the information presented at the open enrollment informational sessions. A link to the open enrollment webinar will be available on the Open Enrollment page of the Human Resources website at hr.wustl.edu.
For more information about open enrollment, contact the Danforth or Medical School benefits departments.
Open Enrollment Informational Sessions
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2:30-3:30 p.m., North Brookings Hall, Room 300
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 9-10 a.m., Anheuser Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot
Courtroom (No. 310)
Thursday, Nov. 15, 10-11 a.m., North Brookings Hall, Room 300
Medical School Campus
Monday, Nov. 5, 2-3 p.m., Erlanger Auditorium, McDonnell Science Bldg.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 10-11 a.m., Children’s Hospital Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 9-10 a.m., Cori Auditorium, McDonnell Science Bldg.
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Cori Auditorium, McDonnell Science Bldg.
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Erlanger Auditorium, McDonnell Science Bldg.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Conference Room 1312
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Multi Purpose Room 350