This year’s Open Enrollment brings significant changes and new options for you and your family. Here are a few highlights:
Employees will see small increases, or even decreases, in their contributions toward medical premiums this year. Over 90% of employees will see increases under $10 a month, and no increases are over $12 a month. The news is even better for members of UC Care, whose monthly contributions will decrease. Dental and vision plans are still offered by UC at no cost for employees. View 2017 rates for employees.
Don’t miss your one-time opportunity to change or add UC’s Voluntary Disability Insurance during Open Enrollment, with no statement of health required. UC has expanded eligibility for this coverage, so this may be your best opportunity to enroll. Disability coverage can help protect your income if you miss work because of a pregnancy, illness or injury — see details here.
UC’s preferred provider organization (PPO) medical plans (Core, UC Care and UC Health Savings Plan, as well as UC High Option Supplement to Medicare, UC Medicare PPO and UC Medicare PPO without Prescription Drugs) will have new administrators next year for medical, behavioral health and prescription drug benefits. UC has worked to minimize disruptions for members, but there are a few steps you should take to make sure you’re prepared for the change. See details on the Medical Plans page.
HMO members will have more options this year. Kaiser Permanente is expanding into Santa Cruz County, with three new medical offices. Health Net Blue & Gold has added several provider groups in Southern and Northern California, and members in the San Francisco Bay Area will benefit from the Canopy Health alliance formed between Hill Physicians-SF (UCSF), John Muir Health, Meritage Medical Network and the affiliated hospitals.
Explore this website to find more information about these changes and your benefits plans. Then, log into your personal account on At Your Service Online to make your changes. You have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, to make changes.
Changes you make during Open Enrollment are effective Jan. 1, 2017.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Open Enrollment is the time for employees to enroll or re-enroll in a Flexible Spending Account — the Health FSA and/or the DepCare FSA. The Health FSA now includes a feature that lets you carry over unused funds to the next plan year. Read more about FSAs »
Eligibility rules for domestic partners are different for health and welfare benefits and for UC Retirement Plan benefits. Check out "Establishing a domestic partnership" on UCnet to make sure you've established your partner's eligibility for UCRP survivor and death benefits.
The disability plan is open for enrollment this year, with new options for greater flexibility. The legal and AD&D plans are also open for enrollment; AD&D is now administered by Prudential. Dental and vision plans are once again being offered free to employees and eligible family members. Read all the details here: