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Open Enrollment ends Friday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m.

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Open Enrollment is coming to an end! You have until 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, to enroll or make changes to your benefits — just select “faculty & staff” or “retirees” on the Open Enrollment website. Some medical plan premiums are going up much more than usual, so it’s critically important that you consider your options this year.

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Don’t forget to enroll or re-enroll in a flexible spending account (FSA)! Your other benefits will continue if you don’t take action — with higher medical premiums, depending on your plan — but you must re-enroll each year to continue your Health or Dependent Care FSA.

Medical premium contributions for certain employee groups and locations may vary from the amounts shown on UCnet and in your Open Enrollment materials. To see rates specific to your location and bargaining unit (if represented), visit ALEX, your virtual benefits counselor. You’ll also see the premiums that apply to you when you sign in to your UCPath account to enroll for 2024 benefits. For more assistance with your UC benefits, visit UCPath online.

More information about medical plan premium increases

UC added a subsidy of $93 million to its planned budget for medical plan costs to reduce the impact of rising costs on employee and retiree contributions to premiums. Despite this increased funding from UC, medical plan premiums for employees will be higher in 2024.  

Please see additional Frequently asked questions about rising medical plan premiums in response to concerns shared with Systemwide Human Resources leadership.

Because of UC’s commitment to equity, premium increases vary by salary as well as by plan and who is covered. Across plans, increases are lowest for coverage for an employee only in the $68,000 and lower salary range, and highest for family coverage (spouse plus a child or children) in the over $204,000 salary range.

Here is the range of increases in monthly premiums by plan:

  • Kaiser HMO —$7.62 to $249.24
  • UC Blue & Gold HMO — $15.32 to $96.83
  • UC Health Savings Plan — $51.10 to $725.22
  • UC Care — $43.92 to $201.55

The CORE medical plan remains available at $0 monthly premium for eligible employees and their families.

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