July 13, 2024

Health Benefits Open Enrollment Deadline, May 15

This message is for all full-time faculty and staff. 

As noted in the materials you’ve received from the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM), open enrollment for health benefits began on May 1.  Below are some important highlights and reminders about this process, along with links to available resources.

During our annual open enrollment period of May 1 to May 15, employees can make health insurance plan changes,  waive or enroll in plans, add or remove family members without a qualifying event.   Please note participation in Flexible Spending Accounts REQUIRES annual election during the open enrollment period.  To enroll or continue receiving the Premium Reward Credit ($17 toward your monthly premiums) you must follow the Premium Reward Requirements (page 12 of Spotlight).

A few important reminders about open enrollment:

Please note:

  • Premiums and plan benefits may change – subject to final state budget approval –  Monthly Premiums
  • If using Cardinal ESS to make changes, you must hit submit to complete the process and finalize your elections; no exceptions will be granted for failure to complete the process.  After you make a change and hit submit, you will receive an email confirmation; if you do not receive a confirmation, you have not completed the process.

You may reference Spotlight, the Open Enrollment page or contact Denise at dfrye2@umw.edu or Janet at jhudgins@umw.edu for assistance.