5 things to know about open enrollment

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This week, UAB HR Benefits begins rolling out information about Open Enrollment for benefit-eligible employees. Weekly communications will provide employees more time to review available benefits and upcoming changes and make informed decisions for themselves and their families.

2020 OPE 11. Open enrollment dates are set

UAB’s annual open enrollment for benefits will begin 7 a.m. Oct. 25 and conclude 5 p.m. Nov. 11. 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 2020. You can review all the information you need in the open enrollment toolkit anytime on the UAB for Me portal.

2020 OPE 2b2. Action is required

This is an active open enrollment, which means any benefit-eligible employee who does not select a 2020 health care plan option during the enrollment period will not have UAB-provided health care coverage (medical, dental, vision) beginning January 2020. Detailed offerings of these plans will be provided in coming weeks to better enable you to make the best choice for your household.

2020 OPE 33. Transition to three tiers continues

change in the tier structure implemented in 2017 affects employees whose spouses are covered through their UAB benefits in the temporary category “Employee plus spouse, or employee plus spouse plus one child.” Premiums in that category will experience incremental increases as UAB realigns its coverage options to offer only three premium tiers: 1) Single, 2) Employee + Children and 3) Family. The 2020 calendar year will be the final year the temporary category is available.

2020 OPE 4 4. Premium assistance is available

To ease the cost of medical premiums for qualified employees, UAB offers a premium-assistance program for eligible employees whose household income, based on family size, is two (2) times the federal poverty level or less. Eligible employees must re-apply each year with the Benefits Office during Open Enrollment.

2020 OPE 5b5. Get answers at the Benefits Fair

The UAB Benefits Fair will be held 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 31 in the UAB Hospital West Pavilion Atrium to help answer any questions you may have before choosing your benefits for 2020. Can’t make it but have individual questions? HR consultants and benefits representatives will be available in schools/ departments for your convenience. A full schedule of times and locations will be available by Oct. 21. Contact your HR consultant or the UAB Benefits office, benefits@uab.edu or 934-3458.