How do I make changes during Open Enrollment?

You’ll enroll in benefits through UCPath online beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, 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, November 24. Please note, you can only submit changes once each day.

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.

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

If you don’t take action, your current 2020 benefits will carry over to the 2021 plan year with the exception of enrollment in your Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA). You will need to re-enroll if you would like to continue participating in an FSA in 2021.

If you are an employee of the campus or medical center at UC Irvine, UC San Francisco, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, UC Hastings or LBNL and you contributed to a Health Savings Account in 2020, you will need to specify your 2021 contribution during Open Enrollment. The UCPath system only has a record of your 2020 contributions since transitioning to UCPath, so the automatic calculation of your 2021 contribution will not be accurate.

See FAQ for employees who recently transitioned to UCPath for more information.

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 2021.

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

You will receive a Submission Statement via email upon submitting your elections. Allow 24 hours to receive your statement.

You can also sign in to UCPath online at ucpath.universityofcalifornia.edu the day after you have submitted your changes to confirm that your elections went through as intended.

Go to Employee Actions> Health and Welfare > Benefits Summary, change the date to January 1, 2021, and click Go. If you don’t see your changes recorded, please submit an inquiry by clicking on “Ask UCPath.” Select “Open Enrollment” as the topic in the dropdown.

You will receive a final email Confirmation Statement for your 2021 benefit choices by the second week of December, regardless of whether you made changes during Open Enrollment.

When will I see new benefit premium rates for the 2021 plan year on my pay statement?

You will see your new benefit premium rates on January 4, 2021, for monthly employees and December 9, 2020, for bi-weekly employees. For disability, monthly employees can expect to see their new premiums on February 1, 2021 paycheck and bi-weekly employees on January 6, 2021 paycheck.

I’m an employee at one of the locations that transitioned to UCPath earlier this year. 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 an employee of the campus or medical center at UC Irvine, UC San Francisco, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, UC Hastings or LBNL and you contributed to a Health Savings Account in 2020, you will need to specify your 2021 contribution during Open Enrollment. The UCPath system only has a record of your 2020 contributions since transitioning to UCPath, so the automatic calculation of your 2021 contribution will not be accurate.

If this applies to you, you will receive an email reminder the first day of 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, 2021.

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 will receive your New Hire packet along with an Open Enrollment packet with instructions on submitting your Open Enrollment benefits for the 2021 plan year.

If you are hired during the Open Enrollment period, you may see multiple benefit events in the Open Benefit Events Section in UCPath. If this is the case, you must complete the New Hire event before you complete the Open Enrollment event. 

Please note:

  • If you only complete your new hire event, your 2020 elections automatically roll over to 2021, with the exception of your FSA elections (you must re-enroll in the FSA every year).
  • If you only complete the 2021 Open Enrollment event, you will not have benefits until Jan. 1, 2021, when those elections become effective.

How do I cancel or waive my benefits?

While making your Open Enrollment elections, you may select the “Waive” option for any benefit that you want to cancel. You may cancel/waive any plan that is editable during Open Enrollment. To cancel/waive a plan that is not listed in the Open Enrollment event, you may contact the UCPath Center.

I am experiencing an error message when trying to access UCPath. What do I do?

Some Google Chrome browser users will encounter an error message when trying to access UCPath online. This is caused by updates that Google has been releasing to the browser across all major platforms (Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS).

What to do if you encounter this error message:

  • Manually enter the URL ucpath.universityofcalifornia.edu into your web browser
  • If the error message persists (after taking the above action), use another browser to access UCPath online