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
2020 Open Enrollment Video: This new video provides a brief, high-level summary of 2020 benefits changes, resources to learn more, how benefits changes are made year to year, and the UVA Health Plan design.
New places to find information about Open Enrollment:
Digital monitors across Grounds
Your school or unit newsletter or portal
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 AskHR@virginia.edu or call 434.243.3344
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.
All active, benefits-eligible employees enrolled in Basic Health are able to have a Health Savings Account (HSA). Funds in your HSA can be used for eligible health care, dental, and vision expenses. Funds in these accounts roll over each year and are yours to keep for future health care costs.
If you are enrolled in a Health Savings Account, you are not eligible for a Full Healthcare Flexible Spending Account, but you can enroll in a Limited and/or Dependent Daycare Flexible Spending Account to maximize your savings.
A Flexible Spending Account (FSA), makes it possible for you to pay for certain expenses on a pre-tax basis, which makes your money go farther.
You can map out what you’ll need from your benefits in 2020 by reviewing how you’ve used them in 2019 and thinking about anything new you might need next year. Reviewing how you’ve spent funds and used benefits over the last year can be a huge help when selecting a plan. The following resources can help you look back, in order to take care of yourself in 2020: