Open Enrollment Presentations For 2021 Plan Year

UVA Health Plan: Know Your Options

To ensure your health and safety, plan to attend a virtual Open Enrollment presentation in September or October to hear about benefits changes in person with the opportunity to ask questions. See the table below to find the presentation date and time that works best for you. No RSVP required.

All virtual presentations will be hosted in Zoom, and are not presented by school or unit. You may attend any presentation that fits your schedule. Presentations will be the same in content, except for the live Q&A at the end of each presentation will vary according to input.

Presentations will include:

  • Overview
  • Changes
  • Resources
  • Health Plan
  • Premiums
  • Maximizing well-being
  • Reminders and dates
  • Q&A

Listen to the recorded live presentation below: 

Choosing benefits is a significant investment in your physical and financial well-being. Using the Open Enrollment resources available, such as attending a presentation, helps you understand your coverage needs and prepares you to make the best choices today and in the future.

View the 2021 Open Enrollment Presentation deck PDF HERE.

September 28
10:00 - 11:00 am DONE
October 1 
3:00 - 4:00 pm October 1 LINK to recorded presentation
October 5 
9:00 - 10:00 am DONE
October 7 TOWN HALL 
12:00 - 1:00 pm CLICK HERE for recording
October 9
1:00 - 2:00 pm DONE
October 14
11:00 am - 12:00 pm DONE

The University of Virginia is committed to providing universal access to our events. Please contact to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs. Please contact us at least seven days prior to the start of each event.

Virtual Open Enrollment Town Hall October 7

A Virtual Open Enrollment Town Hall will be held October 7, which will bring in additional information beyond the Open Enrollment Zoom presentations. The Town Hall will include presentations and a Q&A session with:

Enroll in Workday

  • To review and elect your benefits in Workday

    Please see the video below on the new Benefits Tiles system in Workday, which will apply both for Open Enrollment and for all benefits changes throughout the year. 

    A summary of how to review and elect your benefits in Workday is below:

    • Navigate to Workday.
    • In your Workday Inbox, click on the message titled "Open Enrollment Change: [Your Name] on 01/01/2022"; click on "Let's Get Started."
    • Open Enrollment in Workday this year is organized into "tiles" for each benefit; you will see two sections, one for Health Care and Accounts, and one for Insurance. Each section has multiple tiles. You will start with Health Care and Accounts.
    • You will have three edit options at the bottom of every tile:
      • Manage to make changes to a benefit you already have
      • Enroll to add a new benefit
      • View to see a benefit that is not editable in Workday (more on this further down)
    • Select a tile and choose the edit option for that tile.
    • Once you've selected or waived a benefit in the Health Care and Accounts section, click on Confirm and Continue -- this will take you to a separate window to select or waive eligible dependents for that benefit. Dependents previously enrolled who are eligible will show up automatically, you just need to select or waive each one of them.
    • Click Save to update the benefit tile. This does NOT submit your elections, it just saves the individual benefit tile details you've selected. 
    • Repeat the above process for all six Health Care and Accounts tiles.
    • One thing Workday doesn’t do in the new tile platform is give you a status update on which benefits you’ve touched. So, it would be a good idea to make a note as you complete them so you can track your progress.
    • Once you've completed the Health Care and Accounts section, move on to the Insurance section. You will see multiple tiles under Insurance.
    • Select a tile and choose the edit option for that tile.
    • Please note that some life insurance benefits are VIEWABLE in Workday but not changeable. Each of these tiles will direct you to where you need to go to make changes. Some of these changes may be outside of Workday.​
    • Once all your benefits have been reviewed and edited as needed, click on Review and Sign -- read the summary of what's you elected on that page, and attach any required documents such as birth certificate for new dependents.
    • Click on the I Accept box, then click on Submit to complete your Open Enrollment process.
    • Print this page or save it as a PDF.
    • Look for additional tasks in Workday for things such as spousal affidavits or HSA affidavits.​
  • If you Change Your Mind on an Open Enrollment Choice You Made and Open Enrollment Has Not Closed

    You can make changes to your elections as long as the Open Enrollment period is open, even after you have submitted your elections.

    1. From the Benefits app in Workday, click on Change Open Enrollment
    2. You will be making changes to what has been previously submitted. Any changes made will need to be resubmitted. If you do not resubmit, the changes will be deleted and the previous submission will remain in effect.
    3. Move through the same tiles to elect or waive coverage.
    4. Once changes are complete, electronically sign at the bottom of the last page and press the Submit button.
    5. Print the new confirmation of benefits elections.

FAQs - Presentations

Overall the communications looked great. Thank you! I appreciate everything HR does to make this huge undertaking happen. I greatly value the benefits at UVA, and they are made possible by the work of so many. Thank you for your efforts, and for asking about employees' experience with OE! Kristie Smeltzer, Communications Generalist, Finance Strategic Transformation Project

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