Get the Most out of Your Benefits During Open Enrollment October 7-18

Open Enrollment 2020

Welcome to the University of Virginia’s 2020 Open Enrollment, your time to review and select benefits for next year.

The period for choosing your benefit selections during Open Enrollment this year is October 7 - 18, 2019

Choosing benefits is a significant investment in your physical and financial well-being and should be treated like any major purchase. In fact, UVA employees spend an average of $3,000 a year on health care.  

On the Open Enrollment webpages, you will find ample resources and information to assist you in making the right decision, be it staying with your current plan or deciding a different one is a better fit. UVA offers a variety of benefits options, enabling you to customize your benefits to meet your unique needs. The benefits you choose in Open Enrollment will take effect on January 1, 2020.

Benefits are a part of the Total Rewards package UVA offers that not only addresses your health and wellness needs, but also supports you holistically and values you as a unique individual.

HR supports a Total Rewards strategy to support you and your family during your career at UVA:

  • A comprehensive array of benefits
  • Employee community resources services to assist employees in meeting basic needs
  • A competitive compensation strategy
  • Employee wellbeing programs

Click on the video below to listen to Rebecca Gristina, Director of UVA HR Benefits, talk about the UVA Health Plan and your benefits.

Changes for 2020:

Benefit changes occur, and premiums or limits increase or decrease, for several reasons:

  • The costs of health care in the US generally continue to rise.
  • UVA wants its health plans to align with offerings at other higher education, academic, and hospital institutions.
  • Costs reflect “utilization” (how much our employees use their benefits).

In general, UVA offers competitive benefits at reasonable costs to create long-term plan stability for our eligible employees, which will likely mean the gradual consolidation of some plans. As an employee, you can take steps to mitigate the financial impact of some of these changes by enrolling in a flexible spending account (FSA) for Value and Choice plans, or taking advantage of a health savings account (HSA) if you participate in the Basic plan. So, while you may see increases, you can offset some of them through tax free savings.

Changes for 2020 include:

  • Premiums will increase for all three health plans, but more so for Choice Health - see Health Plan page for cost comparisons
  • Deductibles will increase for Choice Health, decrease for Value Health, and stay the same for Basic Health
  • Coinsurance will increase for Choice Health
  • Copays will increase for Value Health
  • Out-of-pocket for Basic Health is decreasing
  • Supplemental Benefit Credit will increase from $450 to $550 for eligible Academic Staff - see the Supplemental Benefit Credit webpage for eligibility information
  • Deductible for Choice and Value Health includes medical and pharmacy, except those with copayments (Tier 1 generics will remain $6 copayments for 30 day supply)
  • Bariatric procedures must be performed in a Bariatric Institute of Quality (IOQ) to ensure quality; there is no out-of-network coverage. View a list of IOQs.
  • No age cap for Autism-Applied Behavior Analysis
  • A new UVA J1 Visa Health Plan for employees on J1 visas

New Tools this year include:

New places to find information about Open Enrollment:

  • Digital monitors across Grounds
  • Charlottesville busses
  • Your school or unit newsletter or portal
  • Workday

Benefits Information

Below, you will find information related to your benefits options for 2020. Please note that premiums for some benefits have changed. You can see specific Open Enrollment benefits pages for additional details and to access 2020 premiums.

We know you might have questions, and we are prepared to assist you. You told us in the recent benefits preferences survey that you’d like more personalized support to understand and choose benefits. We heard you! This year, we are bringing on additional HR professionals so that we can respond to your email, phone call, or online chat inquiry in a timely fashion. 

Reach out to the HR Solution Center with questions: Email or call 434.243.3344

UVA Health Plan 2020 Dental Plan 2020 Davis Vision Prescription Drug Program 2020

What You Can Do Prior to Enrollment

  • Make sure that home addresses and social security numbers are correct for you and your dependents in Workday.
    • To update social security numbers for dependents in Workday:
      • Navigate to the Benefits app in Workday
      • Click “Dependents”
      • Click “Edit” for any dependent
      • Edit the section “Identifier Information”
      • After editing the SSN in the “National ID Type,” click the orange “Submit” button
  • If you’re switching over to Basic, you’ll need to use up 100% of your Flexible Spending Account funds before the end of 2019.
  • Review how you used your health plan last year. Did you use it for:
    • Medical or dental procedures?
    • Glasses or contact lenses?
    • Changes in dependent care?
    • Replacements to medical or assistive devices?
    • Life events, like marriage, new children?
  • Review how you spent any funds and used your benefits by going to your benefit accounts:
    • Medical claims: Aetna website
    • Pharmacy: OptumRx website
    • Dental: United Concordia website
    • Vision: Davis Vision website
    • Flexible Spending Account/Health Savings Account: Chard Snyder website
    • Review your dependents’ social security numbers in Workday prior to the launch of Open Enrollment, and correct if needed.

Ready to Enroll?

We are excited to be offering Open Enrollment in Workday this year! You will find the process much more clear, easier to navigate, and more efficient than in the past. 

To enroll or to review your benefits elections, navigate to the Workday > Inbox, and select the Open Enrollment event to view and change your benefits. 


We want to assist you in making an informed decision and selecting the benefits that best meet the needs of you and your family. You will find lots of information and tools on our Open Enrollment Resources page.

Open Enrollment Resources Page

Open Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a list of common questions our Human Resources representatives and HR Solution Center team members have received this week: