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Open Enrollment for Benefits Begins - 10/26-11/21

November 8, 2017

Open Enrollment for faculty and staff benefits begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, and ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21. Changes made during Open Enrollment become effective January 1, 2018. Now is the time to explore benefits options to determine the best plans and services to meet the needs of you and your family.

According to the University of California Office of the President, highlights this year include low-cost increases for most employees, a new pharmacy benefits administrator for PPO plans and suggestions for how to manage costs and stay well. Make sure to read the Open Enrollment booklet and visit the website to learn all about the choices for this year.

If you’re happy with your benefits, Open Enrollment may not feel like a priority. It’s worth the time, though, to take a few important steps:

  • Enroll or re-enroll in a flexible spending account (FSA). Your other benefits will continue if you don’t take action, but you must re-enroll each year to continue your FSA.
  • Review all of your plan options to make sure you’re still enrolled in the best benefits for you and your family.
  • Make sure your personal information is up-to-date and complete.

For additional information, contact benefits@ucmerced.edu.