October 19, 2017

Open enrollment for benefits begins Oct. 27

BENEFITSUAB’s annual open enrollment for benefits will begin 7 a.m. Oct. 27 and conclude 5 p.m. Nov. 13. Eligible employees can choose among dental, vision and health insurance plans, plus voluntary life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance and tax-deferred spending accounts for health and dependent care for 2018.

This is an active open enrollment, which means any benefit-eligible employee of UAB, UAB Hospital and UAB Hospital Management LLC who does not select a 2018 health care plan option by Nov. 13 will not have UAB-provided health care coverage (medical, dental and vision) beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

The benefit plan designs are unchanged from this past year, but there are two items of note:

  • A change in the tier structure that was announced this past year may affect employees whose spouses are covered through their UAB benefits.
  • UAB will provide medical premium assistance — a subsidy — to covered employees whose household income, based on family size, is 1.5 times the federal poverty level or less.

Information about benefit options are being provided during the next several weeks to better enable you to make the best choices for your household. 

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All the information employees need to make their selections are collected in the open enrollment toolkit in the UAB for Me benefits portal. This includes plan details, educational pieces, FAQs, decision-making tools and other resources that can help you make selections.

Employees who want assistance sorting through the options have several choices to help them select the one best suited for their household:
  • A plan comparison feature is available during the online open enrollment process.
  • Human Resources representatives will answer questions during UAB Benefits Fair 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 27 in the UAB Hospital West Pavilion Atrium.
  • HR Consultants or HR Benefits Representative will be available in individual schools/departments for your convenience. A full schedule of the locations and times is available in the UAB for Me benefits portal under the Quick Links section and Open Enrollment Toolkit.

Employees may contact their HR consultant or the UAB Benefits office, benefits@uab.edu or 934-3458.

All elections will be effective Jan. 1, 2018, and new premiums for medical, dental and vision coverage will be reflected in the January 2018 payroll.