Don’t wait until it’s too late: Open enrollment for university employees closes tonight

The open enrollment window for university employees is only open thru Nov. 10, so if you haven’t checked that off your To Do list, you don’t have much time.

Here’s some information that might help:

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.


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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