How do I make changes during Open Enrollment?

You’ll enroll in benefits through UCPath online beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 by clicking the “Enroll Now” button at the top of the page. The Guide to Enrolling in Benefits offers step-by-step instructions for enrolling in benefits. You can also view a pre-recorded demonstration on Completing Open Enrollment in UCPath.  Both of these resources are available on the UCPath online homepage. You can continue to make changes until Open Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26 (but you can only submit changes once each day).

Do I need to re-enroll in the Health or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) during Open Enrollment?

You must re-enroll in your FSA during Open Enrollment each year if you wish to continue participating in 2020.

Do I need to take action if I am not making any changes?

If you don’t take action, your current 2019 benefits will carry over to the 2020 plan year with the exception of enrollment in the Western Health Advantage (WHA) health plan and your Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA). 

If you are a UC Berkeley, UC Davis, or UC ANR employee who contributed to a  Health Savings Account in 2019, make sure to specify during Open Enrollment the amount you want deducted from your pay in 2020. See FAQ for employees who recently transitioned to UCPath for more information.

What is changing with WHA?

Western Health Advantage (WHA) will no longer be offered as a health plan in 2020.  WHA members who do not choose another plan during Open Enrollment will be enrolled automatically in UC Blue & Gold HMO, effective Jan 1, 2020. You have the following medical plan choices for 2020: UC Blue & Gold HMO, Kaiser Permanente HMO, UC Care, UC Health Savings Plan and CORE.

What plans are available during Open Enrollment? Why can’t I enroll in Life or Disability through the Open Enrollment site?

The following plans will be available during Open Enrollment this year:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Supplemental Health Plans
  • ARAG Legal
  • Health Savings Account (paired with UC Health Savings Plan)
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment (open year round)
  • Pet Insurance (open year round)

The Supplemental and Dependent Life insurance plans, as well as Short-Term and Long-Term Voluntary Disability insurance plans, are open all year for enrollment; however, outside of your Period of Initial Eligibility (usually when you are first hired), evidence of insurability is required, except for children added to Dependent Life.

How can I confirm that my benefit elections were processed correctly?

New this year, you will receive a Submission Statement via email upon submitting your elections.

You can also sign in to UCPath online at ucpath.universityofcalifornia.edu the day after you submit your changes to confirm that your elections went through as you intended. Go to Benefits > Current Benefits and change the date to Jan. 1, 2020. If you don’t see your changes recorded, please submit an inquiry by clicking on “Ask UCPath Center.”

You’ll receive a final email confirmation statement for your 2020 benefits choices the second week in December, regardless of whether you made changes during Open Enrollment.

When will I see new benefit premium rates for the 2020 plan year on my pay statement?

You’ll see your new benefit premium rates on Jan. 2, 2020 for monthly employees and Dec. 11, 2019 for bi-weekly employees. For disability, monthly employees can expect to see their new premiums on their first paycheck in February and bi-weekly employees on their first paycheck in January.

I’m an employee at one of the locations that just transitioned to UCPath. Is there anything special I need to do when I enroll in benefits?

You will need to set up your security verification if you haven’t previously done so. To set up your security questions and answers, visit UCPath online and go to Employee Actions > Security Questions Setup.

If you are a UC Berkeley, UC Davis, or UC ANR employee who contributed to a  Health Savings Account in 2019, make sure to specify during Open Enrollment the amount you want deducted from your pay in 2020. The UCPath system only has a record of the amount you have contributed since transitioning to UCPath, so the default calculation of your total contributions for 2020 will be based on your post-conversion contributions instead of the full calendar year.  

If this applies to you, you will receive email reminders during the Open Enrollment period.

I am on a Leave of Absence; how do I enroll in benefits?

If you are on a leave of absence with pay, you will have the opportunity to make open enrollment elections online via UCPath during the Open Enrollment period. Your benefits will be effective Jan. 1, 2020.

If you are on a leave of absence without pay, you will also have the opportunity to make open enrollment elections. However, the effective date and method of enrollment depends on whether you elected to continue benefits while on leave without pay.

  • If you are not enrolled in direct billing, you will select your open enrollment changes when you return from leave. Contact the UCPath Center for more information. 
  • If you are enrolled in direct billing, you will submit your open enrollment elections via the Open Enrollment form which you should receive by mail. Contact the UCPath Center for more information.

I am newly hired with UC; how do I enroll in benefits?

If you are a new hire you may see multiple benefit events in the Open Benefit Events Section. If this is the case, you must complete the New Hire event before you complete the Open Enrollment event.  If you made your Open Enrollment elections first, please contact the UCPath Center.