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Benefits Open Enrollment Begins Today

October 26, 2017

Colleagues,

Open Enrollment for faculty and staff benefits began at 8 a.m. today, and ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21.Now is the time to explore your benefits options to determine the best plans and services to meet the needs of you and your family.

Tomorrow’s Open Enrollment Benefits Fair, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Joseph E. Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center, is the perfect opportunity to talk individually with service providers and ask the questions you need to make an informed decision for the 2018 plan year.

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 your costs and stay well. Make sure to read your Open Enrollment booklet and visit the website to learn all about your choices for this year.

If you’re happy with your benefits, Open Enrollment may not feel like a priority. It’s worth your 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 the Benefits Office at 209-228-2363 or email benefits@ucmerced.edu.