November 20, 2013

ALL ACADEMICS AND STAFF AT UC SAN DIEGO (excluding UC San Diego Health System)

SUBJECT:    Annual Benefits Open Enrollment Period Reminder

The annual Benefits Open Enrollment period for health and welfare plan changes ends on Tuesday, November 26th at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Eligible faculty and staff can visit the Open Enrolment website at: to make UC health and welfare benefit plan changes for 2014. Employees currently enrolled in Anthem Blue Cross PLUS or PPO, Anthem Lumenos PPO with HRA, or Health Net full network HMO will need to choose a new plan. Employees who wish to remain in health and welfare plans continuing to be offered do not need to take any Open Enrollment actions.

Open Enrollment is the time to enroll or re-enroll in Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) which allow employees to set aside funds to pay for health and/or dependent care while providing tax savings. Employees must enroll in FSAs during Open Enrollment to participate in 2014, even if they are currently enrolled. It is important to note that employees who choose the new Blue Shield Health Savings Plan as their medical plan, cannot enroll in the Health FSA.

Open Enrollment is also the time for employees to enroll their children up to age 26 in their plans.

All Open Enrollment actions will be effective January 1, 2014. For questions or assistance with Open Enrollment, please contact the Human Resources Department Benefits Office at (858) 534-2816 or the person in your department who handles benefits information. Health Sciences faculty and staff should call (619) 543-3200.

Thomas R. Leet
Assistant Vice Chancellor -
Human Resources