Campus News

Benefits open enrollment information now available for review online

The two-week open benefits enrollment period is Nov. 2-13, and UGA Human Resources has posted information so faculty and staff can review their choices prior to making benefits decisions for 2016. Key points for this year’s open enrollment are:

‘Passive’ enrollment
If you wish to make no changes in your benefits choices for 2016, no action is required on your part, with the exception of the required annual enrollment for flexible spending accounts, if desired. If you take no action, you will have the same coverage in 2016 as you have in 2015.

Tobacco use status
If your tobacco use has not changed, no action is required on your part during open enrollment. If you or any covered dependents have changed tobacco use, you must use the UGA MyBenefits system during open enrollment to correctly reflect that tobacco use.

New features
You’ll note new features in the Comprehensive Care, Consumer Choice HSA and BlueChoice HMO plans, including reduced costs at CVS MinuteClinics and the new LiveHealth Online visits to doctors using any computer with camera, smartphone or tablet.

Changes in out-of-pocket maximums and plan premiums
Note that the out-of-pocket family maximum for the Consumer Choice HSA plan has been lowered, and health care plan premiums have increased.

Remember, the official open enrollment period to use the UGA MyBenefits system to enroll or make changes is Nov. 2-13, but you may review your benefits choices for 2016 by visiting the HR home page at and selecting “2015 benefits open enrollment” under the HR NEWS heading.

If you need assistance in making the best choices for you and your family or have any questions about open enrollment, contact HR at or 706-542-2222.