Change benefits during open enrollment Oct. 29-Nov. 16

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Open enrollment for eligible CSU faculty, administrative professionals, and non-classified staff begins Oct. 29 and ends Nov. 16.

This is the annual opportunity to make changes to your health benefits, sign up for new programs, and add or drop dependents from coverage with an effective date of Jan.1, 2019. Changes to benefits outside this period are allowed only for a mid-year qualifying event, which includes births, adoptions, or changes to marital, domestic partnership or civil union status, and other qualifying events.

Monthly premiums for benefits

CSU employees will continue to receive basic life and short and long-term disability insurance, with the university paying 100 percent of the cost of coverage. There is no increase in monthly premiums for dental or life insurance. Medical plan premiums will increase by up to an additional $51 a month, depending on the plan and coverage level.

  • Green Plan and Ram Plan – No increase for employee-only; employee+1 premium will go up $13 per month; employee plus family premium will go up $19
  • Gold Plan (frozen to new enrollment) – Increase in premium of $7 per month for employee-only and $26 for employee+1; employee plus family premium will go up $38
  • POS Plan – Increase in premium of $12 per month for employee-only and $36 for employee+1; employee plus family premium will go up $51

More information on open enrollment and tools available to help you decide what plan is best for you

Vision service plan

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the annual allowance for glasses and contacts will increase from $130 to $150. Those enrolled in the vision service plan option will see a slight increase in monthly premiums.

Benefits Fair

The Benefits Fair allows for a one-day, one-stop opportunity for employees to speak directly to medical, dental, and vision vendors, along with retirement plan and ancillary benefit providers.

Other on- and off-campus partners also will be on hand to answer questions, and include:

  • Commitment to Campus
  • Administrative Professional Council
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Campus Recreation
  • Health and Exercise Science
  • Early Childhood Center
  • Training and Organizational Development
  • Assistive Technology Resource Center
  • University Benefits Committee

The Benefits Fair will be held in LSC Ballroom 350D from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8.

FITlife wellness incentive

Employees enrolled in a CSU Anthem medical plan may participate in the university’s FITlife health and financial wellness program.

“A $150 incentive, may be earned for participation in the health fair,” said Teri Suhr, the university’s chief total rewards officer. “Participants must also create an Healthy Lifestyles account, complete an online well-being assessment and a financial retirement check-up with a CSU-approved vendor.”

Detailed information about the health fair and the wellness incentive

ALEX – benefits counselor

ALEX is a confidential online tool that will help you select the best benefit plans for you and your family. It estimates your total annual medical costs by considering monthly premiums, copays, and coinsurance.

This is the third year ALEX has been available to employees and it has been widely used across campus in this time. One employee who used the tool said, “I like the extra little comments, makes picking health insurance more exciting. ALEX makes the different plans easier to understand.”

Meet ALEX at