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Open Enrollment Information

Open Enrollment occurs in the fall of each year and is your annual opportunity to change plans and/or add or drop eligible dependents. The only other opportunity you have to make changes is if you experience a qualifying life event (within 30 days).

Open Enrollment for Augusta University employees for plan year 2018 (January 1, 2018-December 31, 2018) will be held from October 30, 2017 thru November 10, 2017. Changes made during Open Enrollment will be effective January 1, 2018.

Information Sessions and Benefits & Wellness Fairs

Please join us at an Open Enrollment Information Session and/or Benefits & Wellness Fair to learn about the changes for plan year 2018:

Information Sessions

Thursday, Oct 19, 2017
3:00 p.m.
Health Sciences Campus – EC 1210

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Summerville Campus – JSAC Coffeehouse

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Health Sciences Campus – EC 1218

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Health Sciences Campus – EC 2234

Thursday, Nov. 02, 2017
8:30 a.m.
Summerville Campus – UH 220

Monday, Nov. 06, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Health Sciences Campus – BC 1040 (Large Auditorium)

Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Summerville Campus – UH 350

Benefits & Wellness Fairs

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Health Sciences Campus
Harold Harrison Education Commons Building Lobby

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Summerville Campus
JSAC Ballroom

Plan Changes for Plan Year 2018

Healthcare Plans

  • All plans – premiums will increase between 1% – 10% depending on plan enrollment and coverage tier.
  • Comprehensive Care plan – an increase to the in-network annual out-of-pocket maximums:
    • Employee coverage from $1,250 to $1,500
    • Family coverage (two or more covered) from $2,500 to $3,000
  • Comprehensive Care and BlueChoice HMO plans – an increase to the pharmacy annual out-of-pocket maximums:
    • Employee from $1,100 to $1,250
    • Employee + one child from $2,200 to $2,500
    • Employee + Spouse from $2,200 to $2,500
    • Family from $3,300 to $3,750
  • All plans – addition of hearing aid coverage for children; one device per impaired ear not to exceed $3,000 per hearing aid per year (Senate Bill 206).
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) – an increase in annual contribution limits:
    • Individual from $3,400 to $3,450
    • Family from $6,750 to $6,900

Dental Plan – Delta Dental

  • No changes to plan benefits or premiums.

Vision Plan – EyeMed

  • Contact lens “fit a follow-up” member cost decrease from up to $55 to up to $40.
  • Premiums will increase 8%.

Life Plans – Minnesota Life

  • No changes to the plan benefits or premiums (unless you change age brackets).
  • Supplemental Life – Employees will be allowed to increase 1x salary up to the lesser of 3x salary of $500,000 without Evidence of Insurability (EOI).
  • Spouse Life – All increases or new enrollees will require EOI.

Short and Long Term Disability – MetLife

  • No changes to the plan benefits or premiums.

Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts – Optum

  • No changes to the plan benefits or account fees.
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) annual contribution limit increase:
    • Individual from $3,400 to $3,450
    • Family from $6,750 to $6,900
  • The HSA match will remain the same in 2018 with a maximum match limit of $375 for individual or $750 for family coverage.

LifeStyle Benefits – LifePerx

  • No changes to the packages offered.
  • Increase of $0.48 to $0.50 per package in 2018.

Accident plan – Voya

  • No changes to plan benefits and premiums.

Critical Illness plan – Aflac

  • No changes to plan benefits and premiums.

Hospital Indemnity plan – Voya

  • No changes to plan benefits and premiums.

Legal plan – LegalEASE

  • No changes to plan benefits and premiums.

Shared Sick Leave

  • Employees may elect to enroll in the Shared Sick Leave program during Open Enrollment. An employee who elects to enroll must donate at least 8 hours to enroll.
Whom Do I Contact With AU Benefits Questions?

Augusta University employees may contact the OneUSG Connect – Benefits Call Center at 1-844-5-USGBEN (1-844-587-4236) or the AU Benefits and Data Management Office at 706-721-3770.

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